Sunday, December 20, 2020

Sewing Face Masks, Scrub Caps, Arm Slings, and More

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 Sewing Face Masks, Scrub Caps, Arm Slings, and More is a practical and accessible tutorial guide for (mostly) healthcare related fabric projects by Angie Herbertson. Released 27th Nov 2020 from Fox Chapel on their Landauer imprint, it's 120 pages and available in paperback format. 

The tutorials and techniques are suited to beginning sewists. There are step by step tutorials for 14 projects including scrub hats, fitget mats (for autistic and dementia patients), slings, wheelchair organizer caddies, and more. The projects themselves are attractive and useful. They're all beginner accessible. This would make a superlative selection for volunteer and charity sewing. 

The table of contents includes a short thumbnail pictorial gallery of the included projects. The thumbnails aren't overly large or detailed but they give a clear look at each project along with page numbers and a color coded tab at the bottom of each picture showing the main use: the elderly, healthcare workers, children, or everone. The short introduction gives a capsule survey of the tools and materials with a non-model-specific sewing guide. All of these projects can be made on a very basic straight stitch machine, so there are no fancy bells and whistles needed. 

The tutorials include a short description, color photo of the finished project, tools and materials listed in bullet point lists in a sidebar, and step by step directions with tutorial drawings. Materials lists are provided with both American standard and metric measures (yay!). The instructions are well written and I found no glaring errors with a fairly careful read-through. 

All pattern templates are included in the back of the book (along with handy calibration squares to check the scale accuracy when printed out). The book also includes a short index, and small author bio. This is a very useful, timely, and well done book. It's *not* only for sewing masks, there's a wide selection of other health-aid items from which to choose. 

Five stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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