This past Saturday my friend Crystal passed on what she called a “craft leftover” from the 70’s craft book. It’s such perfect timing since the July issue of Craft Leftovers Monthly is about using fabric scraps.
This short book of just 132 pages is stuffed with whimsical patterns, advice, and tips on using up your fabric leftovers. A Farm Journal Craft Book: More Scrap Saver’s Stitchery by Sandra Lounsbury Foose is the second in a series of “Scrap Saver’s” books. Have any of you come across the first?
I had a really fun time reading this book cover to cover while recovering from a long outdoor adventure on Sunday. (I cycled 12 1/2 miles and gardened for 2 1/2 hours! So wonderful.) I started with the intro, which I’ve been reading more now that I have to write my own, and found it very enjoyable.
The general idea is that “you always have such a great source of inspiration right at your fingertips. The resources are all within your reach to create…” Which is so true! I love digging through my fabric and letting the project develop from the patterns and colors I find there. But, the idea of having an attic full of boxes of scraps, all color coded as described in the introduction is pretty daunting.
While the focus of CraftLeftovers.com is 100% on using up leftovers just like this book, it’s also about not acquiring more unless I really “need” it. I agree with about 95% of the book’s ideas, but the one about keeping a giant-never-to-be-used-in-a-lifetime-sized-stash, not so much.
The majority of the book is made up of these really fun true to 1970’s craft patterns, like these cover up kitties:
And there were a few that I absolutely fell in love with. Like these cute little pot holders.
My favorite were the salt and pepper shakers.
I always enjoy journeys into the world of vintage craft books and this one was particularly sweet. I hope you have enjoyed it too!
Happy scrap crafting!