Kelly Doust: The Crafty Kid

May 6, 2010

Today, we’ve got a sneaky cheeky preview of Kelly Doust’s new book, The Crafty Kid, due out in the UK this July (and out in Australia this June). It’s the sequel to her first book, The Crafty Minx – also the name of Kelly’s blog – and it’s bursting with fun craft projects to do with children, and for children.

There’s plenty to choose from in this 250-page crafter’s treat, and the pictures are lovely! Fresh, colourful, and beautifully-styled with vintage cotton reels, pretty buttons and haberdashery bits and bobs. There are over 50 projects, from cotton book bags, felt egg cosies and oilcloth aprons to picnic blankets and bedroom decorations.

There’s a photo of Kelly at the back of the book in front of her lovely vintage yellow-painted craft cupboard, and if you pop to Design*Sponge, you can see more pics of her house. I like the way that she conveys a sensible ‘make-do-and-mend’ philosophy throughout this book – recycling scraps of fabric and using thrifty finds wherever possible.

Even if you don’t have kids, there are loads of ideas in here that you could actually just make for yourself! Or, make as gifts for children of friends. There are helpful ‘Keeping little hands busy’ boxes throughout the book with simple tasks for children to do at every stage.

The Crafty Kid is published by Murdoch Books this July, and will be £16.99. – Ellie

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