Kristel wrote in to tell us about how easy it is to make this sweet felt garland.

chain felt leaves

1. Cut leaf shapes out of different colored wool felt
2. Sew them together chain style with your sewing machine. This means sewing through each leaf and continue sewing, don’t lift the foot and don’t cut the thread, add another leaf shape and continue in this way until you have a whole chain of sewn leaves.

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Simply Sublime Bags: 30 No-Sew, Low-Sew Projects by Jodi Kahn, published by Potter Craft (July 8, 2008).

The key thing to notice with this book is the subtitle – no-sew and low-sew, with this in mind and if you are after something different then give some of these projects a go. Many of the project and perhaps the whole book is perfect for teens who want to make something a bit unique, use recycled materials and give their project a personal touch. The instructions are good – with basic shapes and patterns for bags included – good illustrations and nice colour photos.

Best project – for me I really liked the pillow cover hobo bag – simple basic sewing skills required and you get to use up all those bright retro pillow cases you have been hoarding. Grooviest project – the ‘wonder bag’ a plastic makeup case made from heavy clear plastic used to cover couches or outdoor picnic tables. – its made by ironing the seams together and adding a fun decal to decorate. Weirdest bag – Envelope bag made from a silver bubble mailing envelope (but still pretty cool). Ugliest project – none of the projects are really ugly – but the placemat purse – just didn’t do it for me – but then – with a different placemat… Fun and funky book for teens or those just young at heart.