4. Appliqué
Learn how to transform a simple wool throw with a scattering of splashy appliquéd flowers in Cath Kidston's Make! (St. Martin's). Britain's queen of bright, cheery fabrics, Kidston shows readers how to punch up existing items (clothes, bedding, a humdrum handbag) with minimal effort and big results.

Not crafty? Kidston's U.K.–based Web site ships worldwide, offering everything from delicate handkerchiefs (about $9) to polka-dot hair clips ($11) to a rose-festooned blanket ($140;

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