Book Review: One-Yard Wonders


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I have had the book One-Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins for several months now, and it is a fun go-to book when you need to make up a last minute present or fun project for yourself. The book features 101 projects that all use 1 yard of fabric or less. That makes for some fun stash busting too.

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The book is a hard cover book that has a spiral binding allowing it to lay flat. That is great when you are referencing instructions on the project while you are working on it. There is also an envelope within the front cover that holds all the pattern pieces needed to complete the projects in the book.

The book is nicely divided into 11 chapters:

  • Chapter 1: Sewing Fundamentals – a review of sewing basics
  • Chapter 2: Dwell Redux – home decorating projects
  • Chapter 3: Household Affairs – utilitarian projects for around the house
  • Chapter 4: Craft Organization – a chapter just for organizing your crafting tools
  • Chapter 5: On the Go – projects for the car, store, vacation and more
  • Chapter 6: From Head to Toe – wearable projects
  • Chapter 7: Carry it All – various bags and totes
  • Chapter 8: Outfit your Small Wonder – projects for infants
  • Chapter 9: Accessorize your Little One – projects for toddlers
  • Chapter 10: Playtime – toys
  • Chapter 11: Your Furry Friends – projects designed for pets

What I love about this book is just about every time I think to myself, “I wonder if I could make _______.” I can usually check One-Yard Wonders and find my answer. I have used it to make baby shower gifts, organizational tools and even an apron I love.

When I buy a sewing book I like to be sure I will use it more than once whether for projects or as a reference. One-Yard Wonders fits the bill. It also allows me to buy small amounts of fabric I love that I would not necessarily wear to make great projects.

The book also has a great following over at Pink Chalk Fabrics which had a sew-along with the book. You can see some of the amazing projects that came out of the sew-along. I am always amazed at the wonderful results people get from some of the projects that did not strike me as amazing at first.

On that note, I would like to leave you with a picture of my apron I made from the book that I use all the time and just love.

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Don’t you hate when you catch your toes n the picture? Well, as you can see from the book the directions are nicely laid out and well illustrated.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested.

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