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Book Review: Reinvention


Reinvention:  Sweing with Rescued Materials by Maya Donenfeld, published by Wiley

If you love to sew, and want to reuse materials, this book is a must-have! 

Award-winning blogger Maya Donenfeld offers 28 projects that seamlessly merge stitching, sustainability, and resourcefulness with practical and simple design.  Each chapter is dedicated to a single material; linen, burlap, wool and more.  You will learn deconstruction techniques, sewing tips, and a background on each material.  Sewing is not all that is covered in this book.  She’ll show you easy methods for transforming fabric with paint and ink.  Stenciling templates and thorough instructions are provided, as well as encouragement to invent your own designs.

My favorite projects are the hammock and the poufs, and here are three more from the book:

Click on photo for the tutorial of this inspiration board, published on Design*Sponge June 21, 2012.


Winner is Nancy W. with comment:  “looks great! the Maya Made blog is fab — I love her burlap baskets!”

For a chance to receive your own free copy of this book, mailed directly from the publisher, please leave a comment here by Sunday, June 24th midnight.  The giveaway is open to those with a U.S. address.  Thank you!

Posted by Living Crafts on Jun 21, 2012 09:53 AM | 425 Comments

425 Responses to “Book Review: Reinvention”

  1. Colleen Donaldson says:

    I am so excited about her book. I enjoy her blog and projects shown there. What a fun, fantastic summer giveaway!

  2. Cindy says:

    Everytime I go to the thrift store, I look at clothing as possibilities for other makeover projects. I would love to win this book!

  3. Michelle Simpson says:

    I checked this book out of the library and would love to own it. Thanks for the chance!

  4. Elizabeth Z. says:

    I’ve done some simple thrifted re-creating in the past, but would love to get new sweet ideas from this book!

  5. Kim Tabler says:

    I love the idea of repurposing and recycling for my crafting – and my children’s too! The more inspiration I can find – like this book – the more automatic it is for me to see thrift store finds or my own ‘leftovers’ as possibilities! I’d love to have this book as a reference.

  6. Kelli says:

    How lovely!

  7. Kathleen says:

    I have recently discovered Maya’s blog and find her ideas and projects very inspiring. Thanks for the chance to win her book.

  8. Lydia love says:

    What an awesome book. I would love to own a copy.

  9. Shalini says:

    I really enjoy Maya’s blog and find her very earthy style so wonderful. I would love to win her book as I love the idea for re-purposing fabric.

  10. Kimberly says:

    Oh, I want this book! Sounds like a must-have for my library.

  11. clari says:

    I am always saving this and that as I know it will come in handy. I would enjoy some more inspirations.

  12. Kristen P says:

    Love repurposing. Would love to win!

  13. Lisa says:

    What a great book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  14. Jena says:

    Looks lovely!

  15. Angelique says:

    How timely! I’d love to win a copy!

  16. Joni says:

    I love craft books of all sorts, and this one looks terrific! Now if someone can figure out how to make a longer day for all the crafting…..

  17. Jeanne Kacprowicz says:

    I love repurposing and making old new again. This would be a great addition to our library.

  18. Karen Lonsky says:

    I am on a 1 year sabbatical from my Waldorf Kindergarten and looking forward to a year of crafting – I would love this book!

  19. jenn triplett says:

    I love the idea board. I can’t wait to get the book and directions for that project. So inspiring.

  20. ginkgo girls says:

    I didn’t want to leave a comment while the contest was running, as I’ve already bought the book. It is amazing and inspirational- if you didn’t win it, go buy it. Right now!

  21. Aracelis Lou says:

    It would be fantastic to have the title and date of beginning of the child embroidered on it.

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