Sew Liberated 20 Stylish Projects for the Modern Sewist

Sew Liberated is the first how-to book of its kind to resurrect the art of appliqué for today's generation of sewists looking to imbue their work with creative style.


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Get liberated! Meg McElwee, author of the popular Sew Liberated blog and boutique sewing pattern line, teaches you how to transform sewing by adding personal touches with appliqué details combined with embroidery, beadwork, buttons, ribbons, and more.

Sew Liberated is the first how-to book of its kind to resurrect the art of applique for today's generation of sewists looking to imbue their work with creative style.

You will learn hand- and machine applique techniques for use outside the traditional quilting context, plus how to create fabric collages.

Applique, a technique in which pieces of fabric are sewn onto clothing, bags, quilts, and other creations, allows you to take embroidery to a new level; it' an ideal format for those with some sewing experience to break away from the constraints of sewing patterns and create uniquely personal designs.

Explore the history of applique and how it was rediscovered in the fiber arts, learn appliqueand embroidery techniques, and create 20 modern, stylish sewing projects ranging from aprons, skirts, pillows, bags, totes, a duvet cover, a wall clock, blouse, baby quilt, scarf, and much more. Projects range from simple to advanced in difficulty.

Step-by-step instructions, color photographs, and comprehensive how-to embroidery instructions make Sew Liberated and all-in-one resource and guide. Sew Liberated provides you with all levels of new techniques, creative challenges, and a full range of projects ranging in difficulty and time commitment.

SKU: 09SW03

Author/Speaker/Editor: Meg McElwee

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596681613

Number Of Pages: 160

Table of Contents
Introduction: Why I Stitch

Equipment, Tools, and Supplies

Domestic Art: Projects for Making a House a Home
  • Patchwork Placemats
  • Teacup Corset Apron
  • Tie-Back Floor Pillow Cover
  • Silken Circles Lap Quilt
  • Heirloom Duvet Cover
Pampered Artist: Projects for Spoiling Yourself
  • Bird in Hand Laptop Bag
  • Jersey Garden Skirt
  • Capture the Moment Camera Bag
  • Sumptuous Silk Sleeping Mask
  • Dapper Day Bag
  • Mother/Daughter Blossom Blouse
  • Farmer's Market Bag
Small Stitches: Projects for Babies and Children
  • Baby's First Book
  • Blanket Baby Carrier
  • Funny Animals Children's Tote
  • Woodland Curtains
  • Petit Artiste Smock
  • Little Chef Apron and Hat
Pattern Layout Diagrams

Applique Primer

Attaching and Embellishing Applique


Useful Stitches and Techniques

Pattern Guide



About the Author

An internationally certified Montessori teacher, Meg McElwee is a successful sewing pattern designer and the author  of the Sew Liberated crafting blog, where she offers sewing tutorials and writes about sewing and other handmade projects. She is also the author of Growing Up Sew Liberated. Meg lives in the mountains of California with her husband and son.

 'Fun, modern, cool stuff here... and a whole lot of patterns.'--Craftcast Podcast

'A fantastic sewing book.'--Cate Prato, editor, Studios Magazine

'A beautifully designed and photographed collection of useful projects... If you're looking for new embellishment and applique ideas, pick this one up.'--True Up

There were tons of great ideas for moms.' --Grossgrain Fabulous

'The book includes a tool and equipment guide, 20 projects with full size patterns in an envelope, an appliqué primer, a glossary, and a section on useful stitches and techniques. It also has a pattern guide and pattern layout diagrams. The projects include everything from home décor to garments to various bags for toting things (cameras, laptops, veggies, babies, only sort of kidding on that last one), to amazing projects to make for kids any of which would make great last minute gifts. In fact, how cute is this Little Chef Apron and Hat maybe packaged with a rolling pin and your favorite cookie recipe?'--Living Life as Art blog

'A fun collection of mostly applique projects, with a few other embellishment techniques in the mix.... Nice inspiration book for intermediate sewists and beyond.'

Packed with fun projects that highlight the fantastic possibilities that come with incorporating easy applique techniques.'--Craftsanity

'The Bottom Line: If you're a fan of Meg's blog and patterns you'll love Sew Liberated.'

"Grab the bag of fabric scraps along with this book for a wealth of ideas for embellishing handmade items with applique and trims to add that truly personal touch. This is a fun title."--Sewing World, June 2010

SKU: 09SW03

Author/Speaker/Editor: Meg McElwee

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596681613

Number Of Pages: 160

Customer Reviews

modern with a traditional twist Review by Susan Bleiweiss

The author says that for her "Sew Liberated is a way of looking at craft that is, at once, traditional and completely modern". Certainly that is a perfect way to describe the projects that you''ll find in this book. The 20 projects in this book are divided into three sections; domestic art, pampered artist and small stitches and all are relatively straightforward and easy to create. The author clearly has a fondness for applique and most of the projects include either turned, raw edge or reverse techniques. For those not familiar with these techniques have no fear because the authors step by step directions are clearly written and illustrated making them easy to follow for even a novice sewer. Projects in this book include household items such as patchwork placemats, aprons, a quilt and a pillow cover along with personal accessories that include bags, a blouse and a jersey garden skirt that features reverse applique. Things to sew for children include a baby''s first book, an petit artiste smock and a tote bag and chefs hat and apron. You''ll also find a clever clock project in this book. A working wall clock worthy of being the centerpiece in any room of the house. Along with the step by step directions for each project that are accompanied by full color photographs and clear and easy to understand diagrams you''ll also find full sized pull out pattern sheets.

(Posted on 12/31/2009)

(Posted on 12/31/2009)