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Bend the Rules with Fabric

Bend the Rules with Fabric

Yay, Amy Karol’s second book, Bend the Rules with Fabric, is officially out. I have a copy and I really like it.

Bend the Rules with Fabric

The book talks about all the things you can do to decorate and personalize fabric for purposes of clothing, accessories and toys. The beginning of the book talks about supplies and techniques, and I was especially pleased to find that none of them require you to buy a huge amount of expensive equipment.

Bend the Rules with Fabric

She covers things from dying fabric to printing on fabric using your home computer printer. One of my favorites is using freezer paper to put silk screen like effects on fabric. I like these sheets:

Bend the Rules with Fabric

The book is full of simple but stunning ideas for decorating everyday things including undies:

Bend the Rules with Fabric

and shoes:

Bend the Rules with Fabric

and some simple stitching to make a plain shirt into something that looks very nice indeed:

Bend the Rules with Fabric

I’ve focused on the projects that appeal immediately to me, but the book is full of projects for kids and ones you can do with kids, including transferring drawn images onto clothing and making custom printed dolls.

Amy Karol’s blog is Angry Chicken where she documents life and gives instruction all sorts of great projects. Her first book, Bend-the-Rules Sewing, is equally as awesome. I talk about more here.

· comments [8] · 08-28-2009 · categories:books · craft · recipes ·

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Natknit // Aug 28, 2009 at 6:46 am

    Thanks for sharing that! Freezer Paper stenciling looks intriguing. Now I’ll have to get a copy myself. I just picked up “Stray Sock Sewing”… and I love it.

  • 2 jamieofalltrade // Aug 28, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    What a fun and creative book. Sounds like there are a lot of original techniques. Very cool!

  • 3 Summer // Aug 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    amy karol’s creativity is so inspiring! i can’t wait to flip through her new book.

  • 4 Tara // Aug 29, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Oh, this book looks SO good! I can’t wait to get my copy!

  • 5 Kristen Rask // Aug 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm


  • 6 karin // Sep 8, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I tried out freezer paper stenciling yesterday and it turned out great! (If I do say so myself. :)

    I still need to heat-set the paint with an iron, but I don’t think there’s much else to it. So much fun and relatively easy!

  • 7 Helga // Nov 3, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    hi! i’m from Ukraine and i can’t find this book there. is it in internet? Maybe i can download the e-book? Please, answer. I think it’s a good book and i’d like to have it.

  • 8 megan // Nov 3, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Helga – I’m afraid this book is not available in digital format, I’m so sorry.

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