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Scrap Saver's Christmas Stitchery

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Book Name: Scrap Saver's Christmas Stitchery

Author: Sandra Loonsbury Foose

Publisher: Oxmoor House, Inc.

ISBN: 0-8487-0646-3

Cover: Hardcover

# of Pages: 159

Illustrations: Color photos, B&W patterns

Experience Required: Variety of levels of experience required

Book Review:

I like the way the crafts in the Scrap Saver’s Christmas Stitchery book are portrayed in traditional home settings in the beautiful color illustrations. The style of this book is very traditional from the props used in the settings in the photos, to the material used for the crafts and the style of the crafts themselves. The author herself is very traditional and throughout the book she talks about her Christmas memories (i.e. her grandmother used to make the Grandmother's Secret Chairs in which you can hide sewing supplies or jewelry and she would be happy to sell them for $0.35). These memories enhance the traditional feeling of her book as well as the spirit of the Christmas holiday you get when reading through it.

Many of the projects in Scrap Saver’s Christmas Stitchery involve quilting to some degree including the Patchwork Stocking (with four different designs to choose from), Argyle Lap Robe & Stocking, Advent Window Banner, Tree Tea Cozy, Patched Wreaths, Star Patch Pincushion & Tote, Puppy Love Pillow & Quilt, Busy Basket Sewing Caddy & Pincushion, Flannel Teddy Comforter and the Piggy Patch Projects. These projects are just a small portion of the wide variety of crafts (involving quilting, sewing and embroidery) included in this book. I like that there is such a wide variety of projects to choose from (i.e. ornaments, quilts, wreaths, place mats, pot holders, stockings, pincushions, totes, a matching pillow and quilt combo, novelty shaped eyeglass cases, dolls, tree skirts, bibs, etc.) because the crafting needs of the readers are being met.

I really like that the patterns for the projects are included with the instructions instead of in a separate section of the book in which you have to go looking for them to complete your project. There are also B&W diagrams accompanying the projects when assembly instructions are required. It is also handy that most of the patterns (except for the duck pattern that goes with the duck place mat project) don't have to be enlarged to complete the projects, you just need to copy them onto tracing paper as described on the pattern. The patterns for the Advent Window Banner are also used for the Christmas Memories Tree Skirt, which means not only do they do double duty in the book but also if you really like these designs you can use them in more than one place in your home.

The author of this book is concerned with safety, as young children may want to play with some of the crafts once they have been made. In the introduction for two crafts in particular (the Crèche and the Mouse Family in a Swiss Chalet), she advises the reader that they are not safe for use by children under four or three years old due to small parts making up a portion of the craft. She also thinks it important to include a section in the book on Supplies and Techniques so your crafts will be successful because you will know about the materials you will be using as well as how to complete them in case you didn't know how to do some of the techniques required for the project.


  • Dove Wreath & Ornaments
  • Crèche
  • Grandmother's Secret Chairs
  • Piggy Patch Purse
  • Sock Babies and clothing
  • A Pair of Lively Lions (washcloth puppets)
  • Felt Cookie Ornaments
  • Gift Package Tree Skirt
  • Santa Star

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