cover image Quick and Easy Christmas Bazaar Crafts

Quick and Easy Christmas Bazaar Crafts

Jim Williams. Rodale Press, $27.95 (245pp) ISBN 978-0-87596-691-5

Raising funds with festive handiwork is the goal of this useful, attractive and inspiriting volume by a former crafts editor at Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Projects start with seasonal basics like cross-stitched Holiday Sentiment Pillows and appliqued St. Nicholas Place Mats and move forward imaginatively to such ornamental items as pierced and stenciled Country-Style Lamp Shades and machine-stitched and -stuffed Felt Baby Bunnies. A photo of the finished craft, diagrams, a materials list, special pointers and money-saving tips clearly detail steps to be followed for each project. Among the 150 ideas offered are embroidered fingertip towels, holiday napkins, tree skirts and trimmings; felt gingerbread-man ornaments, drawer sachets, upholstered boxes, mittens, Peaceable Kingdom puppets, picture frames and many more toys, wearables and home accessories are also included. Well-targeted tips on setting up and running a holiday crafts bazaar further distinguish this title from the ordinary craft compendium. (Sept.)