This week our Vintage Librarian is reviewing a book full of easy to make home deco sewing projects that require minal sewing skills and will let you add some vintage touches to your home the make do and mend way.

Made At Home – a guide to simple sewing by Lisa Strickley
£16.99 – Quadrille

Out in July

I’ve been toying with getting a sewing machine for ages now, and Lisa Strickley’s Made At Home has finally convinced me to go for it. As a complete sewing novice I found the introductory chapter very useful.

Strickley, a coveted designer with a celeb following including Sarah Jessica Parker,  talks you through different types of fabric – from denim to tasar silk, explains what basic equipment you need and goes over different sewing maneuvers from basic stitches to how to make a button hole. The accompanying retro illustrations are really useful and easy to understand.

The rest of the book is divided into projects for each room, from the kitchen to the living room, bedroom and laundry. All projects look really easy to make and will only take a few hours. I love the idea of buying some vintage fabrics or using old silk scarfs to fashion them into pillow cases, a bed throw or placemats.

This is a great book for simple but stylish home deco items that will add a vintage touch here and there without spending a fortune.

photography: Ben Anders