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Book Review: 101 One Yard Wonders

Perfectly suited for using up your stash,One-Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins is packed with fun, creative projects for my office, home, and even my wardrobe! There’s a super cute summer dress made from just one yard of fabric!

I’m so happy I finally got my hands on this book. On my visit to Storey, they let me pick out a few of my favorite titles that I had yet to add to my library–what a treat! One-Yard Wonders was one of the first ones I grabbed–well, right after Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens :)

There’s such a great variety of projects that there is really something for everyone. The first project I just had to make was the “wash me” bag on page 49. I’ve been trying to figure out a good way to “hold” the towels and dishclothes from the kitchen between washes (I do all my “messy” laundry once a week) and this was just what I was looking for.

Gregory was helping me take photos today. They are much improved right :)

The book is organized into 11 chapters: Sewing Fundamentals, Dwell Redux (unique home accents), Household Affairs (home organizing/cleaning/etc), Craft Organization, On the Go, From Head to Toe (clothing type stuff), Carry it All (purses, totes, bags, and clutches), Outfit your Small Wonder (kid’s clothing), Accessorize your Little One (kid accessories), Playtime (kid’s toys), Your Furry Friends (pets!).

Even though I don’t have kids, I loved all the great kiddo projects in the back of this book – plushies, outfits, and super cute toys.

These are the projects that are next on my “to make” list:

By the very nature of this book, all the projects are short and sweet. Most can be completed, start to finish, in one evening. And at the end, I know I’ve used up one yard of fabric in my stash, most excellent.

One-Yard Wonders is at most public libraries, book stores, and craft shops, so definitely go take a look. If you like it (which I know you will), pick it up. It definitely met my 5 project rule.

Happy crafting!

Kristin Roach

4 thoughts on “Book Review: 101 One Yard Wonders

  1. I have this book, too, and I love it! So far I’ve made the Folklore Bag, the yoga mat bag, and the kids’ messenger bag. I’ve got the fabric to make the little A-line dress for my daughter, too, and I’m excited to make pretty much everything else in there! I agree with you, there’s a little something of everything and I will be using this book a LOT for myself and for gift sewing!

  2. Love this book! I’ve made the hands-free belt bag, Matt’s map bag, the potholder/oven mitt set, and the folklore bag (2 of them, actually.) The folklore bag is my favorite. It’s really easy to make, and showcases your fabric. I always keep an eye out for a really fun fabric, knowing if I pick up a yard, I’ll have more than enough to make an awesome bag.

  3. I LOVE this book – got it out of the library twice before I just decided I had to have it! Of course, I’ve got lots of writing to do right now, so it’s staring me in the face and I can’t do anything with it at the moment. But I love it!

  4. I too LOVE this book so much I got it for a friend’s bday present. (and maybe she’ll let me borrow it!) ;) PLUS, I love the fact that it is spiral bound. The publisher or whomever really gets how important that is!!!

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