Thursday, July 5, 2012

Book Review: Stash Happy Appliqué

Hello there!

I've been meaning to write this book review for weeks and weeks!! Lark Craft sent me Stash Happy: Appliqué a few months back and I finally, FINALLY completed the project from it that I wanted to make: an apron for Craft Hope's Project 17 (more on that in a minute). I am so glad I can now share my thoughts on the book!

Stash Happy: Appliqué -- 25 Fresh Projects for Fabric Lovers
by Cynthia Shaffer

Stash Happy Applique book review

Like the rest of the Stash Happy series (which includes Stash Happy: Felt and Stash Happy: Patchwork) the Applique version delivers a whole bunch of creative patterns to help you make the most of your stash while building your skills and making some cute stuff for your home, your kids, your friends and yourself.

This series is well-crafted and the books are laid out in a pleasant fashion with modern fonts and crisp photos. The book begins with a quick "basics" section that provides an overview of all the various ways one can appliqué fabric and explains techniques you may not already know, with lovely graphics and photos.

Stash Happy Applique book review

The projects that follow range from embellishing existing items like shoes or a t-shirt, or creating from scratch. The appliqué techniques and motifs cater to a wide variety of styles and tastes. Here are a few of my favorites.

Stash Happy Applique book review
Scrappy & Scrumptious Mug Rugs

Stash Happy Applique book review
Fresh & Shabby Pillow Houses

Stash Happy Applique book review
Treasures-to-Go Drawstring Bag

Stash Happy Applique book review
Colorful & Portable Tic-Tac-Toe

Stash Happy Applique book review
Sweet Dreams Tooth Pillow

Stash Happy Applique book review
Your House Hoop Art

I'll stop there but I could share more!

As I mentioned above, I made the adult apron from the Mother & Daughter Apron Set last week. Here it is in the book, along with a preview of mine. I share more photos of my finished apron in this post.

Stash Happy Applique book review
Mother & Daughter Apron Set

Jenny: Apron for Craft Hope

The instructions were quite clear and accompanied by detailed and helpful photos. It seems the author does expect that you have some basic sewing knowledge. I didn't feel babied at all, and was even challenged a couple of times to try things I never have before. I learned some stuff and my apron turned out great!

What appeals to me most about this book is that the projects also stand on their own without the appliqué factor. The designs are modern, stylish, cute and well constructed. You could skip the appliqué and simply use the pattern. Similarly, the appliqué motifs and techniques are usable on projects other than what is suggested in the book. That clever flexibility opens up a myriad options, and I love that!

Thank you Lark Crafts for once again sending me a lovely book to add to my crafty library.

We've hosted a big Stash Happy giveaway already, but if you're interested in some freebies from this book, check out the free downloads for Little Miss Mason Jars and Pretty-ful Lampshade we shared during our Feather Your Nest Series.

Check out photos of my apron here! What kind of applique do you like to do? Does this look like a book you'd like to own?


  1. I fell in love with the book before it was even published - based solely on the picture on the front cover, lol. But I wasn't sure the book would have enough projects to make it worthwhile. Thank you for your review - I love several of the projects you've posted, so now I'm confident that this IS a book I should order :D bookdepository here I come, lol!

  2. I love Lark craft books. They always seem to be a cut above the rest (sorry for the pun LOL!). I was not aware of the Stash Happy books but they sound wonderful and I want them all! I do a lot of wool applique and I have done fabric also but I love the projects as they are practical and usable. Also, I've been looking for a mug mat pattern for awhile now. That pattern alone is worth the price of admission! Thank you for the wonderful review and those books are going on my "list"!

  3. This looks like a wonderful book! I just added it to my amazon wish list, thanks Jenny!

  4. Thank you all! Glad you like my review. :)


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