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99 Ways to Cut, Sew & Deck Out Your Denim by Faith Blakeney
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Feb 02, 09

bookshelves: non-fiction, fashion
Read in March, 2008

* This book will have great appeal to the crafty teen. There really are 99 different things this book shows you how to do with jeans. Sometimes there are additional materials required and frequently the projects take more than one pair of jeans, but the instructions are always clear and concise about what's needed. Each of the projects has a person's name, which gives the book a personal feel. (For example, I tried Project #2: Lawanda--Jeans with Appliques. This is a great thing to do with jeans that are too short anyway--creating cuffs from funky fabric.) Drawings/A photo of the finished project and drawings of how to use/cut up your jeans are given for every project. The directions are concise and easy to understand. I think teens will appreciate how there are not a lot of sewing instructions in the preliminary pages of the book. Instead key words are highlighted in the directions and referenced in a glossary at the back. That way, you only need to learn what you have to know for the project you are creating. I think the best thing about this book is the diversity and volume of the projects--not only things to wear, but things like a bathroom rug and a cd holder for the car. There's an anything goes approach that may inspire independent project creativity. Great addition for a library with crafty teens or librarians wanting inexpensive craft ideas for craft programming. (Most projects require sewing, though not all require a sewing machine.)

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