Wednesday 27 August 2014

At Home with Modern June

At Home with Modern June: 27 Sewing Projects for your Handmade Lifestyle by Kelly McCants
Published by Stash Books
10th March 2014
Paperback Edition

Whether you're moving into a new home, launching a home makeover, or just sprucing up a room, this book, At Home With Modern June, by Kelly McCants provides plenty of ideas on how to infuse individuality into every room in the house. The 27 budget-friendly projects have a retro style and use materials such as oilcloth, laminated cotton, and chalk cloth in addition to quilter's cotton. Easy-to-follow instructions and helpful photographs guide you to success. You'll make drapes, bed skirts, floor mats, and much more. All that's required is a bit of ingenuity, a little time, and some basic skills.
This book reminded me, in a way of those by Cherry Menlove.  Kelly McCants is an American author who started out blogging, and now has an online store plus two books to her name.  She's a bit of an oilcloth addict, and this is reflected in her first book Sewing with Oilcloth, this new publication focuses more on fabrics.
At Home with Modern June is divided into
Kitchen and Dining Room
Bed and Bath
Closet and Pantry
Living Rooms - inside and out
and there are 27 projects to be completed, ranging from repurposed bunting, an embellished café curtain, bar stool makeover, makeup tray, and a sewing machine cover.  The concept also isn't 'modern' but much more 50s retro which is preferable to what you may think 'modern' entails! Is there anything in here that I haven't seen before?  Probably not, but then most books spin off the same ideas; there are only so many original thoughts one can have.  Though I particularly liked the chalkcloth place mat which I haven't seen before!
Photo courtesy of Modern June website
Bar Stool Makeover
Grr's Chicken Scratch Apron

Shower Curtain
It's a bright, cheery publication, with lots of illustrations and clear instructions.  If you haven't checked out the blog yet, you can find it here.
G x


  1. Thanks for the link G ! will have a peep!
    d x

  2. I had not heard of Chalk Cloth before. That could keep the Grandchildren amused me thinks ;0)

  3. Looks like a really nice book, bright and fresh looking projects. Going to have a look at the blog now, thanks for the link :)
    Marianne x

  4. Thanks chucks! Off to take. A peek at that blog now. X


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