Cynthia Treen has a way with fabric. She can pick up a piece of cloth and, literally within an hour or two, transform it into something wonderful—a chic wool hat from an out-ofstyle sweater, say, or an elegant blossom from a favorite piece of silk. In Last-Minute Fabric Gifts, the follow-up to the immensely successful Last- Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson, Treen teaches all of us to perform such fabric magic no matter how little sewing experience we may have.
This inspiring book comes with 30 easy projects for quick-to-make gifts ranging from fabric-covered notepads to a tea-dyed sequined scarf to a baby quilt. Arranged by how long it takes to complete each project, the book focuses on gifts that generally require less than three hours of time. What's more, Treen clearly details the knowledge and skills you need to improvise on these projects, allowing you to customize the color, pattern, and texture to suit the occasion. Complete with 70 full-color photographs and a final chapter on innovative ways to wrap gifts with fabric, Last-Minute Fabric Gifts is brimming with creative ideas sure to appeal to novice and experienced sewers alike.
Cynthia Treen is a Rhode Island–based artist/designer with a background in fashion, product development, and television. While working for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, she designed products for catalog sale and appeared on the Martha Stewart Living TV show. Her business includes commissions for wedding dresses, interior textiles, and fine-art fabric sculptures.
Karen Philippi is a photographer specializing in fine art and assignment photography, including products, architectural interiors, and environmental portraiture. Her work has been featured in Anthony Quinn’s Eye and Inquire Within: A Social History of the Providence Athenaeum since 1753. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.