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A complete step-by-step beginner's guide to sewing, S.E.W: Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp will teach you everything you need to know to be handy with a needle, machine needle and thread.

The bulk of this book is filled with techniques and lessons covering the sewing basics. Once your confident enough to get started, there are 25 projects to choose from including clothing, gifts, accessories, toys, stationery and homeware. Stitch a simple hobo bag, an elegant sew very pretty cardi, a cute unforgettable elegant, a chic cape mod, a breezy easy wrap skirt and even a canine couture coat.

Including ten paper patterns (estimated at $80) this book is a bargain for anyone wanting to learn how to sew their own wardrobe and accessories. 

You can pick up a copy of the book from Workman now >>

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Give your skirt a bit of poof with a DIY petticoat.

Check out the tutorial from Scartlet >>

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New Orleans cuisine is famous for being full of flavor, spice and passion and with My New Orleans, The Cookbook by John Besh you can bring the taste of Louisiana to your kitchen.

This heavyweight cookbook includes 200 recipes from Besh's beloved hometown, using regional ingredients and traditional Creole cooking techniques. Bake some King Cake for Mardi Gras, Louisiana shrimp & Andouille grits, seafood gumbo, hot spiced wine, Bourbon pecan pie, French toast and several hundred other recipes.

With a recipe to spice up any mealtime, it's time to bring some southern comfort food to your dinner table.

You can pick up a copy of the book from Andrew McMeel Publishing now >>

Scandinavian homes are iconic for their elegant simplicity and with Clare Young's new book Scandinavian Needlecraft you can learn how to make your own pieces of regional interior decor.

With 35 projects to choose from, you will easily learn how to stitch a piece of traditional decor, step-by-step. Embroider a crested bird chair pad, sew some felt baby booties, welcome Santa in with a hand-stitched Christmas stocking, cross-stitch a coat hanger cover and embroider a gingham heart quilt.

You don't have to travel hundreds of miles to bring a piece of Scandinavian chic in to your own home.

You can pick up a copy of the book from CICO Books now >>

Here's an easy and effective guide to making your own stamp roller.

Check out the how-to from Just Something I Made >>

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You may have made pictures with pasta when you were little, but did you ever think about making an entire city? Alex Creamer decided to make the Chrysler building out of Spaghetti.

Check out his contest entry on TheDieline >>

If you're a fan of Nintendo, then you'll be very jealous of this DIY Nintendo room with it's platform game shelves and Mario paintings.

Check out the post on Sprite Stitch >>

This rustic apple pie looks very elegant but promised to be easy to make.

Check out the recipe from Sprinkle Bakes >>

Need a quick gift? Crochet a 0 calorie cupcake gift box.

Check out the pattern on Blood Red Rose >>

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Rich in history and tradition, Tartan by Jonathan Faiers explores the culture and importance of this iconic fabric, which is treasured by so many families across the world.

With so many varying designs and colours of tartan, the book studies the fabric through history, it's symbolism and importance, it's construction and how it has been used in the world of fashion. There's certainly a lot more to tartan than meets the eye.

This is a huge text book that would be great for anyone wanting to learn everything there is to know on the subject.

You can pick up a copy of the book from Berg Publishers now >>

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