Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be selected to do some proofreading of a new English-language version of the sewing book ‘Sew Snappy’.
This is a fanastic sewing book. Originally published in Dutch by two Belgian designers, Sanne and Riet, there are 25 patterns including a variety of different bags for all occasions, everyday homeware items, gifts, toys, and even a super cute baby’s hooded jacket!
I did proofreading of the English translation, as part of that I also completed one of the projects contained within the book, a zippered pouch:
This pouch features two different fabric panels on the outside, full lining, zippered closure and wrist strap.
I liked it so much, that I actually made 3! One for each of my children, these pouches are the perfect size for them to store a selection of special treasures.
Book Review: Instructions
‘Sew Snappy’ has full colour instructions for each of the projects, but there is so much more than just patterns, it also comes with a generous amount of technique tutorials, and these will certainly help you to improve your sewing, especially on some of the smaller details, like the tabs on the ends of the zippers on my pouches:
I’ve never used those on anything before, I usually try to avoid zippers altogether, and it was an extra special accomplishment, because these pouches are also fully lined:
They are a very clever style too, because of the simple, yet effective design, they can stand up by themselves:
The instructions are really easy to follow, with lots of pictures to help you along the way. This pouch doesn’t actually have a pattern piece to trace, the parts are measured and cut according to the specific measurements given.
The fabric requirements for this project, as with many of the projects within the book, are small, I was able to use a mixture of fabrics from a stack of 10 inch squares to make this!
Its a really great way to show off some extra special fabrics too:
Following the methods in the book I was able to get some beautifully matched seams:
This was a very satisfying sew! It all came together so beautifully. The pieces all matched up perfectly, the method was easy to follow and it was quite quick too – which is why I made so many of them!
I’m not sure which will be my next project from this book, but I will definitely be making many of the other projects.
Getting the book
The English version of the book has all the same beautiful pictures as the Dutch original and all the same projects are included. There are so many beautiful images – lots of colours, its very inspiring!
The different sewing projects are suitable for beginners up to intermediate sewists. There really is something for everyone, from very simple items that would suit someone who is only learning to sew for the first time, as well as more complicated projects involving more advanced techniques that will provide a satisfying challenge for a more experienced sewist.
To get yourself a copy of this book, please visit Allsewingpatterns.net. Sew Snappy is currently on pre-sale, you can preview this zippered pouch and the other projects that are included. It is available for purchase as a paperback book, and also as a pdf! The pdf is included if you purchase the paperback, but you can also purchase the pdf only – this is especially nice if you find it hard to wait for something to arrive in the mail.
The official release date for the book is 1 November 2016. There is currently a special pre-sale price, but this will last only until 24 September – so don’t miss out!
Just a quick note about the fabric I used for this project, in case you were admiring it. I used Riley Blake fabrics for these pouches:
- Greatest Adventure by Natalie Lymer (boys)
- Fine & Dandy by Lori Whitlock (tortoises and owls)
All fabric is printed quilting cotton, lovely and soft with beautiful colours, and fine quality, as you would expect from Riley Blake Designs.
Thank you for reading.