Sewing for Children with African Wax Print Fabric

Ryland Peters & Small. Oct. 2023. 128p. ISBN 9781800652675. pap. $21.99. CRAFTS
Parker (Sewing with African Wax Print Fabric) presents 25 designs that make the most of the bold prints and bright colors typically found in African wax fabric, also known as ankara. This type of material is 100 percent cotton and involves using a wax-resistant method of printing onto the cloth, akin to the technique that forms batiks. This book features patterns for readers to create accessories, items for a playroom or nursery, and some clothes, all ideal for infants or children up to five years old. Many of the projects are beginner-friendly, and Parker includes a good discussion on fabric preparation. This title also contains careful instructions, helpful photos and line drawings, and a list of tools required to complete each activity. Some templates require and include pattern pieces, but the book also features low-waste designs.
VERDICT A fun introduction to African wax prints. Accessible for beginning sewists.
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