Thursday, February 10, 2011

Crafty Book Review - Simple Sewing for Baby by Lotta Jansdotter

Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby: 24 Easy Projects for Newborns to Toddlers

Many, many, many years ago, I came across a Lotta Jansdotter book in Japan. I was instantly smitten with her simple, striking designs. Now, many many many years later, it's easy to come by her textiles and hooray! her books. With a little one on the way, I knew I had to have her Simple Sewing for Baby.

I really resonated with her introduction. Here was a designer/crafter who understood my own strange design sensibilities. (And general reluctance to spend an arm and a leg on things that were just going to get baby puke and poo all over them.)

There's a wide range of practical and fun patterns. (Simple pants! Toys! Nursing pillow! Bookends! Wait, what?) The photos of the finished projects are lovely. The patterns are printed on nice white paper, not that nasty tear prone brown stuff. There are even cardstock stencils included.

However, a caveat: the illustrations in said patterns are few and far between. For a visual learner like myself, this translates to TORTURE. Or at least it did on the crib bumper tutorial. Making that bumper was one of the more unpleasant things I've done recently. (And at the time of writing this, I am 32 WEEKS PREGNANT. So that should give you some idea of scale.) But I did get it DONE, and hey, it's pretty cute.

If you're not afraid to get in there and figure out a way to make the patterns make sense to you, go for this book. (Or if written descriptions of what to do work for you. You know, if you have a brain that works properly.) Most of the projects are simple enough that you can sort of figure them out just by looking at them, anyway. At the very least, it opened up my eyes to what it was possible to make for baby. That alone has been invaluable!

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