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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 10 June 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216681
  • Carton Qty: 38
  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 450
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $17.95
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Sew Outdoor Living


Brighten up your garden with 22 colourful projects by Debbie Shore

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Book Description

Whatever the weather, ensure your garden looks stunning. Learn how to create beautiful projects for your outside living space with sewing expert Debbie Shore.

Ensure your garden looks stunning come rain or shine with this inspirational new book from Debbie Shore.

Using easy-to-follow photography and simple instructions Debbie shows you how to sew 22 beautiful items for outdoor living. Sew decorative accessories for the patio, such as seat cushions and bunting, create practical items such as a BBQ tool roll and picnic caddy, and even make a kids' teepee!

Perfect for people of all abilities who love sewing and enjoy their gardens, or who want to make a gift for someone who does.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
10 tips for the complete beginner 7
Materials & tools 8
Useful stitches 10
Key techniques 11
Pompom Tablecloth 16
Reverse Applique Heart Placemat 18
Plant Pot Covers 22
Bunting in a Bag 24
Frilled Chair Pillow 28
Patchwork Picnic Mat 32
Buttoned Pillow 36
Teepee 40
Knotted Bolster Pillow 46
Heart Decorations 48
Bean Bag Stool 50
Piped Box Pillow 54
Bolster Pillow 57
Mitred Tablecloth 60
Rustic Table Accessories 62
Tic Tac Toe 66
Round Pillow 72
BBQ Tool Roll 74
BBQ Apron 78
Picnic Caddy 82
Buttoned Seat Pad 88
Bottle Tote 90
Templates 94
Index 96

Extra Information

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About the Author

About Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore is a best-selling and award-winning author. She began her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared regularly as an actress in various popular dramas and as a presenter on shopping channels. Debbie has developed her own range of fabrics, designed her own patterns, writes for several popular sewing magazines and has written over 30 books for Search Press with several more underway. Over 800,000 copies of her books have been sold worldwide. She is the winner of Craft Influencer of the Year 2020 in the Craft Business Awards, and Social Media Influencer of the Year 2019 in the British Sewing Awards.

Debbie has over 285,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, which has over 30 million views. In 2018, Debbie launched her Half Yard Sewing Club, a monthly subscription service based on the mega-selling Half Yard series, and won the 2019 IPG Digital Publishing Award. For more details about the club visit

Debbie lives in Lincolnshire, UK. Visit her website:


Customer Review

I think the book is brilliant, even for a beginner like me! The basic teaching instructions at the start of the book are so helpful. A great choice of projects to build my skill level in fun and innovative ways!


Another hit with me, this book is crammed with tips and techniques. There is something for everyone in it, including things to keep the little ones happy, for the man who likes to BBQ, for a garden party or picnic. The book boasts easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step pictures. Beginners and expert sewers will all love this book.

Customer review

A lovely book filled with charming projects to take your outside entertaining to another level. From a sophisticated afternoon tea to keeping small people amused or picnicking in the park there are plenty of ways to show off your creativity to your friends.

The book starts with some useful guidance for beginners and a list of tools and equipment needed for the projects. New sewers should be able to tackle the quicker projects which will boost confidence before moving on to the other items.

There are clear photos showing each step, full size templates (it irritates me no end when you have to scale templates up or down) and handy tips dotted throughout the book.

I wish I had this book before I spent a fortune on buttoned seat pads!

Customer review

Another clear, concise, well illustrated and easy to follow book from Debbie Shore. From the contents page to the actual size templates included in this book it has been well thought out and invites you to try the projects - which could equally well be used inside or as gifts. The easy to follow instructions and photographs make understanding the processes for a not so confident sewer easier and, bonus - there's no paper patterns involved! Can't wait to make the Tic-Tac-Toe game! 

Customer review

Book is fantastic and challenges you to create items that perhaps you would not normally make. As per all previous books Debbie Shore's instructions are clear. Will enjoy crating items from the book in the future for family and friends. 

Customer review

Debbie Shore will admit herself that her books are aimed for the beginner through to the more experienced makers. She provides clear instructions and accompanying photographs that give a step by step guide of how to approach her projects. She provides lots of technique pages and suggests suitable materials and tools. The projects are aimed at families from the teepee and tic-tac-toe game for children, the picnic and BBQ accessories and all the table dressings and decorations for formal dining and family celebrations. Once familiar with the skills and techniques all the projects are achievable over a weekend. Happy Stitching everyone! 

Customer review

I was very fortunate to be chosen to review Debbie Shore's latest book, Sew Outdoor Living. I looked forward to it arriving through the post with great anticipation and was not disappointed when it arrived. As usual Debbie has presented the projects clearly and concisely and as always with Search Press the paper used is very good quality, making the whole feel of the book very pleasurable. On my first flick through the book I saw several appealing projects; the bunting in a bag would make a nice gift, the teepee would be perfect for keeping small children entertained and shaded while outside, the tic-tac-toe game in a bag ideal for picnics... A more detailed look later found me promising myself I would make the patchwork picnic mat and a placemat or half a dozen. I have shown the book to a number of friends who have all picked out their favourite projects, one chose the bottle tote, another the picnic caddy, someone else selected the heart decorations for an informal wedding party, it seems Debbie Shore has created something for everyone in this book.

Customer review

Love this book a beginner sewer and have a list of items to try now.

Customer review

This is a nice book if you are a beginner sewer or need ideas to turn your sewing to making your outdoors a uniquely personal place to be. The book has lots of basic skills advice which is very useful to those of us knew to using fabrics these way. There is advice on fabrics, sewing techniques, what equipment you need. Each project is clear and easy to follow. I particularly want to create fitted chair cushions, loving the tips for making them fit perfectly whatever the chair shape, how to make a wigwam (who doesnt want their own wigwam?) and the tic-tac-toe game, which I plan to scale up to make a picnic-mat-come-game-of-draughts! Maybe even bug chess eventually! Whether you follow the patterns faithfully or use them as a springboard to more adventurous designs it is beautifully illustrated. I suspect experienced sewers might find it somewhat simplistic but for me, I am loving it! 

Postcard Reviews

Once again Debbie Shore delights us stitchers with her amazingly simple but beautiful designs.

Sew Outdoor Living gives us patterns and templates for everything needed for a perfect Summery outdoor life.

From picnic caddies to teepees, Debbie Shore's style shines through.

The teepee is absolutely divine, popular and very easy to make it will be my first project that I make. It will be a gift that the younger members of my family will love.

22 projects are included, and what makes a Debbie Shore special is that all the templates are full sized, she uses a simple language that even a beginner who has never sewn before can understand and each pattern comes with full instructions with photography, it really is like Debbie is holding your hand through each step.

This bright and colourful book is full of advice to advance your stitching techniques. It has a handy 10 tips for a beginner that every sewist will benefit from. Everything is covered so you will not be at a loss as to what to do next.

Machine Knitting Monthly

Ensure your garden looks stunning with this inspirational new book. Using easy-to-follow photos and simple instructions we can sew 22 items for outdoor living including decorative accessories for the patio and practical items. It's perfect for anyone who loves sewing and enjoys their garden.

Crafts Beautiful

Give your garden a stitchy makeover! Using easy-to-follow photography and simple instructions, Debbie shows you how to sew 22 beautiful items for outdoor living, from seat cushions and bunting for the patio, to practical items such as a BBQ tool roll and picnic caddy, and even a kids' teepee!


Whatever the weather, ensure your garden looks simply stunning with Sew Outdoor Living by Debbie Shore.

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