Is there a better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with the Crafty Chica? I think not! That is exactly why today we are chatting about one of my new favorite books Crafty Chica’s Guide to Artful Sewing: Fabu-Low-Sew Projects for the Everyday Crafter by Kathy Cano-Murillo. Sometimes when I see the word sew in a book title I get a little discouraged since it is not my favorite past time, but the term low-sew sounded just my speed!
One of my favorite things about this book besides the fun low-sew projects and colorful oil cloth page borders are the quotes from crafters throughout. Look for anecdotal stories about sewing from Mark Montano, Margot Potter, Jenny Hart and more. Some of that more being me and my mother Fredda Perkins. Read on for a real life story of why I don’t sew all that often.
My favorite project in Crafty Chica’s Guide to Artful Sewing is hands down the Summer Scarf Dress. I collect vintage souvenir skirts and this is the perfect twist on the theme. Not to mention I have the perfect scarf from Mexico that I have been saving for just the right project. Now I just need to find 2 more scarves and I am ready for action.
When I think of Kathy I often think of our time spent on the set of Craft Lab. One of my favorite episodes we filmed together was about Dia de los Muertos making sugar skulks (AKA calacas) and felt banners. That being the case I was particularly smitten on the Calaca Clutch. The felt handbag features a smiling skull made entirely of craft felt, better yet there is no sewing machine necessary. Hooray no ironing!
Another project I was smitten on was the Revamped Mexican Flower Blouse. Mainly because I have a frumpy Mexican Flower Dress that I love the embroidery on, but never wear because it looks like a muu muu. However Kathy suggests cross breeding the dress with a stretchy black top to make things a little more fitted and a lot less frumpy. There may be hope for that dress yet!
Crafty Chica’s Guide to Artful Sewing is broken into 3 chapters: Power Purses, Wonderous Wearables and Embrace Your Space. So some of these projects are for you to wear, others you hang and some you sleep on (yup there is a pillowcase project). Either way they are all very cute, very low sew and most importantly very Crafty Chica.
Leave me a comment about your favorite Cinco de Mayo craft, recipe, activity before next Tuesday and you could win one of 3 Crafty Chica tote bags we have to give away!
Crafty Chica’s Art De La Soul – Another book review.
Margarita Cupcake Recipe – Yummy to my tummy.
Crafty Chica Podcast – Kathy and I chat it up!
Crafty Chica Stress Buster Apron – From CHA & the pages of Apronology.
I’m a Crafty Chica Too! – Did you see me in the Crafty Chica ad?