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In Stitches

  I just got Amy Butler's In Stitches and love it already. Having only recently taken up sewing, I find myself at a loss trying to do the simplest things. Yes, I can put together a needle case for my circulars, but so far I am one-trick pony. Someone else figured out the pattern and measurements for me and showed me how to do everything, step-by-step. Now I want to make other things and until now I hadn't found a book with a good variety of projects — easy to intermediate — in a modern style. The problem with a lot of the books I see at the local bookstore is that they show projects I wouldn't want to make. In Stitches is just what I needed. And having said that, I am sure I'll proceed to embarass myself by goofing on the next thing I attempt, but it's ok. At least now I have the inspiration.

Amy Butler's In Stitches: More Than 25 Simple and Stylish Sewing Projects
by Amy Butler
Chronicle Books
ISBN 0811851591


  1. Introduction
  2. Fabrics
  3. Living Room Projects
    - Decorative Patchwork Throw
    - Floor Cushions
    - Kitty Tunnel
    - Big Dot Pillow, Round Ruffle Pillow, Pom-Pom Pillow
  4. Kitchen Projects
    - Placemats & Napkins
    - Giftable Recipe Card Bags
    - Short Pleated Apron
    - Square Pot Holder
  5. Bedroom Projects
    - Patchwork Duvet Cover
    - Bedside Organizer
    - Wide-Leg Lounge Pants
    - Sleeping Mask
  6. Bathroom Projects
    - Kimono-Style Bathrobe
    - Hanging Toiletry Basket
    - Oversized Laundry Bag
    - Decorative Hanging Towels
  7. Office Projects
    - CD Holder and Desktop Organizer
    - Document Duvet and Photo File
    - Fashion Checkbook Clutch
  8. Personal Style Projects
    - Clutch Handbag with Fabric Flower
    - Sash with Beaded Fringe
    - Simple Leather-Handled Shoulder Bag
    - Patchwork Handbag with Zipper Charm
  9. Simple Techniques and Basic Equipment
  10. Resource Guide
  11. Index

And here are some spreads from the book.

Added 13 August 2006

I forgot to mention that you can see all of Amy's fabrics at Amy Butler Design and find online shops that carry her line along with other fabrics and notions at Where to buy.


That's very interesting! US kids don't seem to do needlework/domestic science & now I'm wondering whether Singapore is the only country where needlework/sewing is taught in Grades 1 to 8 and cooking in Grades 7 & 8?

What a lovely book! But where would I find the lovely fabrics!?! I'm not sure my little midwestern town would embrace the fabric designs.

I've been looking forward to this book. I my just have to treat myself too.

I just bought Amy Butlers book and it didn't include her pattern for the fashion checkbook clutch. Do you know if it was supposed to be in with the other patterns and/or can you help me find it so I can buy it?

Thank you,