Book Review: Never Been Stitched by Amanda Carestio


The whole idea behind Never Been Stitched by Amanda Carestio is projects that require little or no sewing. I love it because these quick projects can be whipped up in one session!

‘Thanks to fusible webbing, fabric glue, grommets, and other fun materials and techniques, crafters barely need a needle.’ – That’s what the description says, and it’s true!


This is the first project I picked. The too-cute Crafty Kid Apron. It was perfect for a fat quarter of laminated fabric. One piece doesn’t cost much at all and is a little bit bigger than this pattern calls for. I didn’t cut mine, though so our apron turned out perfect for a robust first grader. The laminate fabric won’t stain and will look cute forever too.


He loves it. And since his teacher just asked me to send in an art smock, it is just in time.


And here’s my daughter Chloe making it. She did all of the work herself. Once we got started little ‘miss independence’ showed herself and I didn’t mind sitting back to watch and take pictures.

Now I’m trying to decide what to make next… it’s so hard! (BTW, that little Octopus was designed by my friend Abby Glassenberg who interviewed me last week.)

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