The final in my series of crafty book reviews before my next round of surgery is Jenny Ryan's fun book, Sew Darn Cute. As the title suggests, this book is filled with sewing projects designed for those who love all things cute and sweet. There are thirty, relatively simple, sewing projects for readers to tackle, with most projects being suitable for machine sewing rather than hand sewing.
There are a wide range of projects included in Sew Darn Cute, including ptatterns for jewellery, clothes, children's items and homewares. There is also a chapter which explains required tools, sewing techniques and tricks of the trade (including instructions on how to clean your sewing machine). The photography is well done, but there are no step-by-step photos for those who like that kind of thing. However, the instructions are easy to follow and fairly comprehensive.
One plus for this book is that the projects are really quite straightforward and could be attempted by novice sewists with a little patience. I was also impressed to see that many of the projects have suggestions for variations and/or "extras" at the end of the project. My main gripe with Sew Darn Cute is that many of the projects were too simple for experienced sewists.
Overall, I think that Sew Darn Cute is a great book for those who have at least a little sewing experience and like cutesy projects. It might make a good gift for a tween or teen who has learned to sew or for someone who loves to decorate their home and accessories with cute sewn additions. If cute really isn't your thing or you're an experienced sewist who prefers to tackle more complex patterns, then this book is most probably not for you. If you fall into this latter category, then you might want to look at this sewing book review here.