How to Sew A Button

And Other Nifty Things your Grandmother Knew

Bried, Erin

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
How to Sew A Button
From the Publisher: "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.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2009.
ISBN: 0345518756
Characteristics: xxii, 278 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.


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Apr 12, 2012
  • FairyGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My fave part of this book is the stories told by the women interviewed. It is so interesting to hear how life was in during the depression.

Jan 18, 2011

For someone who did not know how to do some of the things in this book- this book is not very helpful. There should have been pictures to demonstrate how things are done. As for using baking soda and vinegar- you read about that everywhere.

Oct 18, 2010
  • m_sal rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An excellent book with a little humour :)

Oct 07, 2010
  • redwallflower rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I found that I knew a lot of the things in this book already. Seems that I learned a lot from my mom and grandmothers while growing up. That said, I still learned some new tips about roasting a chicken and cleaning the house with vinegar and baking soda.

Jun 17, 2010
  • 22950009541673 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Considering all the "new" and "improved" and "efficient" ways developed in the 1950's and 1960's, if you have learned any of these tips from your grandmother, there is a good chance that she learned them from a book, herself, because the "old-fashioned" ways were discouraged when she was young.


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Jan 03, 2011
  • RonNasty64 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Remember, the word "mop" doesn't end with an "e".

Jan 03, 2011
  • RonNasty64 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Remember, the word "mop" doesn't end with an "e".


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