Sew up a home makeover by Lexie Barnes


Want to bring a new look to a tired room without spending a fortune? Designer Lexie Barnes shows you how to personalize your living space in just a few hours, with 50 fresh, fun, pattern-free sewing projects.  Transform a living room with a custom-designed slipcover and coordinated pillows. Redecorate a bedroom in a weekend by sewing up a headboard cover, a lampshade, and matching window treatments. Learn how easy and inexpensive it can be to change the look of a child’s room as she grows from a baby to a kid to a teenager.  With dramatic before-and-after examples, beautifully styled photography, and a fun “you-can-do-it” attitude, Sew Up a Home Makeover is a creative resource that you’ll return to every time you’re ready for a new look.

In a nutshell:

I liked it:  x Yes       No

For people who like: to sew and like easy projects. Especially if they are sewing newbies.

My thoughts: 

As a complete sewing newbie I totally loved this book. I have to admit that I haven’t re-created any of the projects, but I am pretty optimistic that it wouldn’t be a problem to do so with the given instruction.

I liked how the book was structured and the overall look. The photos were gorgeous and made you want to go out and buy more fabric right and re-do the complete home away.

The book starts with three chapters introducing the reader to the basics of sewing (very important for the beginners). They deal with the six principles of decorating and making over your home, fabrics & tools (like for example what should be in your sewing kit) and tips & techniques (various types of stitches, stitch jargon etc.).

The there follow four makeover challenges, each sub–divided into rooms or occasions and again into various projects. Just to give you a few examples:

  • Room: La Vida Lively – Project: Stretched Canvas Art
  • Room: Sweet Dream Bedroom – Project: Upholstered Headboard
  • Occasion: Tea for Two – Project: Unlined Napkins
  • Room: Pee Wee Playhouse – Project: Marshmallow Cushion
  • Room: Craft Atelier – Project: Utilitarian Table Cover

There are many, many more…and they all look absolutely stunning. Each project gives you an exact list of needed supplies, the finished size of Ms. Barnes’ project (the size of a lot of them depend on the size of your furniture or needs) and very clear instructions with easy to understand illustrations.

I got this book from netgalley as an e-book and could only read it on the PC, but I am considering getting the print edition so I can take a closer look and so that I have the instructions right in front of me.

Product info and buy link :

Title Sew up a home makeover
Author Lexie Barnes
Publisher Storey Publishing, LLC
ISBN 978-1603427975
Buy link Buy Sew Up a Home Makeover
(available from Sept. 24)

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I’d love to hear other opinions.

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