Handmade Home

Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures

For many of us, our home is the center of our life. It is the place where our families meet and mingle, where we share our meals and share our dreams. So much more than just a space to live, our homes offer us a place of comfort, nourishment, and love for us and for our children.

In Handmade Home, Amanda Blake Soule, author of The Creative Family and the blog SouleMama.com, offers simple sewing and craft projects for the home that reflect the needs, activities, and personalities of today’s families. As Amanda writes in the introduction, “As a crafter, I’m always looking for the next thing I want to make. As a mama, I’m always looking for the next thing we need—to do, to have, to use—as a family. The coming together of these parts is where the heart of Handmade Home lies.”

Filled with thirty-three projects made by reusing and repurposing materials, all of the items here offer a practical use in the home. From picnic blankets made out of repurposed bed sheets to curtains made out of vintage handkerchiefs, these projects express the sense of making something new out of something old as a way to live a more financially pared-down and simple life; lessen our impact on the earth; connect to the past and preserve a more traditional way of life; and place value on the work of the hands. Also included are projects that children can help with, allowing them to make their own special contribution to the family home.

More than just a collection of projects for handmade items, this book offers the tools to create a life—and home—full of beauty, integrity, and joy.

Projects include:
Papa’s Healing Cozy: This hot water bottle cover becomes a simple way to offer comfort to a sick child
Baby Sling: A simple pattern for an object that offers so much to a small child—refuge from the world and a place to lay their head next to a parent’s heart
Beach Blanket To-Go: Repurpose old sheets to create the perfect picnic blanket for special outdoor meals
Cozy Wall Pockets: A creative solution for storing a child’s small treasures




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Author Bio
Amanda Blake Soule

Amanda Blake Soule is the creator of the popular blog SouleMama, which she began in 2005 as a way to share the creative journey of her family. That emphasis on creative exploration, family connection, and appreciate for nature is at the heart of her first three books—The Creative Family, Handmade Home, and The Rhythm of Family (which she co-wrote with her husband, Steve). In 2012, Amanda started Taproot magazine, an ad-free print publication dedicated to exploring the topics of food, farm, family, and craft through art, photography, recipes, patterns, and personal narrative.

Amanda lives in Western Maine with her husband, five children, and a growing menagerie of farm animals in a 200-year-old farmhouse, on a homestead they are bringing back to life. Growing and making all manner of things in their days, they strive as a family to stay connected to one another and the Earth by bringing creativity into the everyday.

Imprint: Roost
ISBN: 9781590305959
Publication Date: 
Page Count: 208
Size: 8.25 x 9.1875

"Amanda Blake Soule makes me want to run to my sewing basket and pull out needle and thread." —Barbara Mahany, Chicago Tribune

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