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CraftSanity Podcast Episode 132: Conversations with ‘Little One-Yard Wonders’ authors Rebecca Yaker and Trish Hoskins


This episode of CraftSanity features mini-interviews with Twin Cities authors of “Little One-Yard Wonders: Irresistible Clothes, Toys, and Accessories You Can Make for Babies and Kids.”

We start the show with a chat with Patricia “Trish” Hoskins, co-owner of Crafty Planet in Minneapolis, and then continue with another chat with Rebecca Yaker, a crafty lady with a background in apparel and bedding design and machine knitting. (You may recall that Rebecca was the star of CraftSanity Episode 112. You can listen that episode over here.)

LittleOneYardWondersCo-authors and friends, Hoskins and Yaker are celebrating the publication of this their third 101-project sewing book. With help from their talented contributors, this successful publishing duo have once again compiled a sewing book packed with fun inspiration for using up stash fabric one yard at a time. This 360-page edition includes six full-sized pattern pages and fun patterns for moms like me to sew for our kids. Even though my daughters are 8 and 10 now, I have marked about a dozen projects for future sewing. Some of the garment patterns go up to size 10 and 12 and many of the patterns for plushies, totes and accessories have all-ages appeal which is great.

photo 1So far I’ve made my daughters the girlie undies and tank tops on p. 145. Because I can’t seem to ever follow a pattern exactly as written, I added lining to the undies and rounded out the back of the tank neck. Both projects were a hit with my daughters who still think it’s cool that their mom can sew underwear. (Who knew that was going to be one of my craft super powers.) The book includes a pattern for “mister briefs,” and a matching tank, too, so no one is left out of the custom underpants game. And, yes, I agree that it’s amusing that I would hone in on the underpants when there are 100 other patterns to choose from. The project was fast and easy, so it fit my deadline criteria perfectly. Now, that I’m sewn the basic essentials, I’m moving on to the outerwear and accessories. :  )

With my kids just about to grow out of the garment patterns it contains, I’m kind of blown away by how much I dig this book. Seriously, it’s really cool and contains some super cute patterns that I want to make for my kids and their cousins. There’s even a summer hat pattern with clever ponytail access. I love little deals like that.

Ok, so go listen to the podcast and read my column in the July 29, 2014 edition of The Grand Rapids Press. Then leave a comment about what you like to sew OR what you want to learn to sew to enter the random drawing to win a copy to “Little One-Yard Wonders.” (Thanks to Storey Publishing for donating a copy of the book to the giveaway!) The deadline to enter is July 6, 2014. Good luck!

UPDATE!!! We have a winner! Jacqueline was randomly selected as the giveaway winner by CraftSanity’s Co-V.P of Fun, Amelia Claire. Congrats, Jacqueline! Send your mailing address along and we’ll get you your book ASAP. :  ) 

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Comment from Marci Ellsworth
Time: June 29, 2014, 9:37 am

I would love to be able to sew toys for kids. I adored my stuffed animals (still do) and love to make things for children.

Comment from Sandy Geisert
Time: June 29, 2014, 1:35 pm

I like to make tote bags and would like to try making stuffed toys.

Comment from kelli
Time: June 29, 2014, 6:01 pm

I would like to sew a picnic blanket this summer. Mostly, I sew small projects, so I’m ready for something larger.

Comment from shirley
Time: June 29, 2014, 9:10 pm

want to try the underwear…..have lots of knit pieces that should be just the right size……

thanx for the opportunity…..

Comment from Kim
Time: June 29, 2014, 10:09 pm

Would love this book!! Love sewing for my kids and who wouldn’t like homemade undies.

Comment from Kimi
Time: June 30, 2014, 2:59 am

My grandbabies are 1-year-old twins…a boy & a girl. Would love to sew many of the projects for them. Thanks for the chance to win!

Comment from Julie
Time: June 30, 2014, 10:02 am

I love to make baby quilts and little stuffed dolls to go with them. Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway:)

Comment from Jacqueline
Time: June 30, 2014, 2:12 pm

Would love a copy of this book! I’m just starting to get back into sewing again and would love to make some plushies for my kids.

Comment from Ginger
Time: June 30, 2014, 7:59 pm

I’d love to learn how to sew kitchen curtains

Comment from Natalie F
Time: July 1, 2014, 1:53 pm

I would really like to learn to make purses and tote bags, more advanced then what I make now. I am a beginner.

Comment from auschick
Time: July 1, 2014, 8:57 pm

I love to sew children’s clothing!

Comment from monica green
Time: July 4, 2014, 9:35 am

i have tried to sew one t-shirt for my son, but it turns out failure. how I wish I can succeed….

Comment from Amy
Time: July 6, 2014, 10:49 am

I used to sew PJ’s for my boys when they were little. Now that they are 16 & 19, maybe they would like some mister briefs. This book sounds fun.

Comment from Sandy
Time: July 6, 2014, 5:16 pm

I like to sew lap quilts and costumes for my granddaughter.

Comment from gina
Time: July 6, 2014, 11:29 pm

Having tried various ways of securing at-home work since before widowed, & without success, it has dawned on me that I need to create something, rather than ask for “already-there” work.
Being crafty, something like this might be the way to go to supplement Social Security.

Love your column each week … we make sure Ma doesn’t forget to let us have it after she’s done with her paper. ;)


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