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How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew Reviews

How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew

How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew

  • Several sections, including cooking, gardening, cleaning, nesting, saving and entertaining.
  • Written in witty, down-to-earth style, this book is as entertaining as it is instructive.

“Waste not, want not” with this guide to saving money, taking heart, and enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

Nowadays, many of us “outsource” basic tasks. Food is instant, ready-made, and processed with unhealthy additives. Dry cleaners press shirts, delivery guys bring pizza, gardeners tend flowers, and, yes, tailors sew on those pesky buttons. But life can be much simpler, sweeter, and richer–and a lot more fun, too! As your grandmother might say, now is not the time to be careless with your money, and it actually pays to learn how to do things yourself!

Practical and empowering, How to Sew a Button collects the treasured wisdom of nanas, bubbies, and grandmas from all across the country–as well as modern-day experts–and shares more than one hundred step-by-step essential tips for cooking, cleaning, gardening, and entertaining, including how to

• polish your image by shining your own shoes
• grow your own vegetables (and stash your bounty for the winter)
• sweeten your day by making your own jam
• use baking soda and vinegar to clean your house without toxic chemicals
• feel beautiful by perfecting your posture
• roll your own piecrust and find a slice of heaven
• fold a fitted sheet to crisp perfection
• waltz without stepping on any toes

Complete with helpful illustrations and brimming with nostalgic charm, How to Sew a Button provides calm and comfort in uncertain times. By doing things yourself, with care and attention, you and your loved ones will feel the pleasing rewards of a job well done.

List Price: $ 16.00



  • Amazon Customer
    48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Great premise…under performed, February 2, 2011
    Amazon Customer (Pennsylvania) –

    I expected to like this book much more than I did. I really agree on the overall premise. I think we could learn a lot and utilize our resources much better if we took a cue from the older generations. I know many women who can’t sew a button.

    One of the issues is with the writing style which is forcefully cheeky. Sometimes you find this forced humor funny and other times, annoying. Also, the book is peppered with illustrations of various retro women engaging in the tasks being explained, but what it really could have used are a few illustrations to clarify the more complicated instructions.

    There is some very useful information in this book, but not any you wouldn’t find through a google search in a much more clear and concise manner with pictures included.


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  • Mrs.CH3
    35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Resource for the younger generations, March 25, 2010
    Mrs.CH3 (Pinellas County, Florida) –

    This review is from: How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew (Paperback)
    An easy read, How to Sew a Button is going to be a resource for future generations. Due to the technology overload of generations such as mine and younger, so many of us no longer know how to do practical things that our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents could do without skipping a beat. When starting to write this book the author, Erin, no longer had her grandparents to consult with for wisdom. Therefore, she rounded up ten grandmothers from different backgrounds, all across the country, to give her grandmotherly advice and knowledge.

    The book covers topics such as:

    – How to make a pie, which Erin tried to do for a group of friends and failed miserably at. I, myself, consider making a pie getting a slice of pumpkin cheesecake pie from Outback during the fall.

    – How to properly fold a fitted sheet, the keyword there being properly. I know you all probably think you know how to fold a fitted sheet, but balling it up and tossing it in the linen closet doesn’t count. I have been blessed with this lost art, so this advice wasn’t needed on my end.

    – How to iron a shirt. Now, you may be laughing, but while watching trasy TV the other day I saw a boy on MTV’s made who told his coach he had never ironed anything. Seriously? He may need to read that section.

    She also has some pretty cool how-to information, like:

    – How to scent your home without candles

    – How to love your body at any size

    – How to brew your own beer

    And information on the lost art of thank-you notes. She’ll teach you how to write one. With your hands… and a pen… and paper.

    And of course, you’ll learn How to sew a button.

    Erin has a great sense of humor which is reflected in her writing. You’ll chuckle while learning a thing or two!


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