I love craft books and it seems my enthusiasm has passed to my children too. Every time they hear the sound of the postman dropping a book through the letterbox they rush to open it. Next month sees the publication of I Can Make My Own Accessories, a follow-on from the popular I Can Make Dolls’ Clothes – both from Thames & Hudson.
Written by former head of Children’s Wear Design at Liberty of London Louise Scott-Smith, and graphic designer Georgia Vaux, I Can Make My Own Accessories features on-trend pieces such as a festival garland and brooch.
With easy-to-follow guides, this creative book teaches children aged 7+ how to customize their own fashion accessories, express their own style, and provides fashion enthusiast parents with something fun to make with their children during the summer holidays and beyond.
This is a lovely book to read together. You can create a flowery, festival hair garland, a furry bag charm, a jewelled statement collar necklace and much more with this new book for aspiring young fashion designers.
Each tutorial is well set out with a list of equipment, illustrated instructions and a photo of the finished product. Then there is a section of the book which is given to using the techniques you have learned to design and create your own fashion accessories. This is a great section as it encourages you to try your own thing. The book ends by setting out the basics of sewing, including how to thread a needle, sew a running stitch, and affix poppers and buttons.
My 6 year old is really keen on sewing at the moment so I can’t wait to try some of these projects with him. I think it’s just what he needs to try simple projects but then use them as a base for other things. I know his younger sister will want us to make a few of the items for her too. I see a busy summer holidays in front of us!
I Can Make My Own Accessories by Louise Scott-Smith and Georgia Vaux is published by Thames & Hudson on 11th August 2016. It is suitable for ages 7+.