Handmade Home

Handmade Home

Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials Into New Family Treasures

Book - 2009
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For many of us, our home is the center of our life. It is the place where our families meet and mingle, where we share our meals and share our dreams. So much more than just a space to live, our homes offer us a place of comfort, nourishment, and love for us and for our children.

In Handmade Home, Amanda Blake Soule, author of The Creative Family and the blog SouleMama.com, offers simple sewing and craft projects for the home that reflect the needs, activities, and personalities of today’s families. As Amanda writes in the introduction, “As a crafter, I’m always looking for the next thing I want to make. As a mama, I’m always looking for the next thing we need—to do, to have, to use—as a family. The coming together of these parts is where the heart of Handmade Home lies.”

Filled with thirty-three projects made by reusing and repurposing materials, all of the items here offer a practical use in the home. From picnic blankets made out of repurposed bed sheets to curtains made out of vintage handkerchiefs, these projects express the sense of making something new out of something old as a way to live a more financially pared-down and simple life; lessen our impact on the earth; connect to the past and preserve a more traditional way of life; and place value on the work of the hands. Also included are projects that children can help with, allowing them to make their own special contribution to the family home.

More than just a collection of projects for handmade items, this book offers the tools to create a life—and home—full of beauty, integrity, and joy.

Projects include:

   • Papa’s Healing Cozy: This hot water bottle cover becomes a simple way to offer comfort to a sick child

   • Baby Sling: A simple pattern for an object that offers so much to a small child—refuge from the world and a place to lay their head next to a parent’s heart

   • Beach Blanket To-Go: Repurpose old sheets to create the perfect picnic blanket for special outdoor meals

   • Cozy Wall Pockets: A creative solution for storing a child’s small treasures

Baker & Taylor
Thirty-three simple sewing and craft projects utilizing old materials, from vintage feedsacks to worn sheets and towels, and creating useful and love-filled objects for the family home offer the environmentally concerned a chance to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Original.

Publisher: Boston : Trumpeter, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781590305959
Branch Call Number: 745.5 So83h
Characteristics: xiii, 194 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm


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Jan 28, 2013

The projects are cute, but are certainly more directed to children (which wasn't quite what I was looking for). However, instructions are fairly clear and step-by-step! And photos are quite lovely.

Apr 18, 2012

I don't sew much anymore so that might be why in my opinion this book is only average but I I have to admit that the child's bag, hot water bottle cover and hot pad were all projects I would probably do. Along with the basic projects like a baby swing - ok forget it I gues it is at least 4 stars.

Jan 30, 2012

Wonderful book, several useful ideas and projects. Would love to own a copy.


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