Creative Makers: Simple Sewing with Lola Nova: With 25 Stylish Step-by-Step Projects for Your Handmade Life

Author(s): Alexandra Smith


Sewing is at the forefront of the new craft revolution and part of its charm is the chance to rediscover the skills of our grandmothers and to recycle treasured scraps of fabric. Celebrated craft blogger, Alexandra Smith, AKA Lola Nova, has created the perfect sewing book for the new crafternooner. With 25 highly original projects arranged into chapters on Boho, Vintage, Natural, Eclectic and Whimsy, you will soon be raiding junk shops and jumble sales for material to transform into gifts, home accessories, clothes and bags. Projects include a Little Joy Dress, Lola Handbag, Into the Woods Throw, Deer Diary and Call Me Cushion. For each project there are step-by-step instructions (illustrated with photographs) that will guide the beginner through the making process, whilst Alexandra's innovative ideas will provide fresh inspiration for the experienced sewer. Gorgeous photography by top lifestyle photographer Yuki Sugiura captures the sheer pleasure of turning junk-store fabrics into something beautifully handmade.


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In the last two years the craft market has grown by 32.7% to GBP13.9m (Nielsen BookScan, UK); Part of a brand new craft series from Mitchell Beazley aimed at the growing number of style-aware 'crafternooners'; Step-by-step instructions guide the beginner through the making process, whilst Alexandra's ideas provide fresh inspiration for the experienced sewer; Stunning photography by top lifestyle photographer Yuki Sugiura.

Alexandra Smith is the owner, designer and maker of Lola Nova. She writes the blog, Lola Nova - Whatever Lola Wants at with subscribers from all over the world. She operates the Lola Nova Etsy shop at She is a self-taught seamstress and designer and has taught private sewing lessons and led public workshops. Her work and tutorials were featured in the launch issue of the sell-out first issue of hot new craft magazine, Mollie Makes, and she is now a regular contributor. She lives in a little green cottage in the Pacific Northwest United States with her family, some chickens, the Buddha cat and an ever-changing population of fish.

Introduction What you need: Materials and tools Sewing essentials and basic techniques THE PROJECTS BOHO Vagabond Bag, Gypsy Shirt, Summer Tent, Boho Bath Mat, Skipping Skirt NATURAL Pocket Full of Posey Wall Vases, Elemental Fabric Canvas, Gathering Bag, Stag Cushion, Into the Woods Throw VINTAGE Little Joy Dress, Lola Handbag, Vintage Laundry Bag, Hook Book, Vintage Fabric Headboard ECLECTIC Call Me Cushion, Eclectic Tea Towels, The Artist's Way Pouch, Everything Baskets, Urban Organizer WHIMSY Deer Diary, Action Belt, Pretty Patches and Badges, Sweet Notes Sewn Notecards, Wee Bunny Directory of suppliers and best sewing blogs Templates Index Acknowledgements

General Fields

  • : 9781845336981
  • : Octopus Publishing Group
  • : Mitchell Beazley
  • : July 2012
  • : 246mm X 189mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Alexandra Smith
  • : Hardback
  • : 1012
  • : 746.4
  • : 144
  • : 200 colour photographs