Sew Your Own
The true story of one man’s attempt to survive economic meltdown, tackle climate change and find the meaning of life – by making his clothes
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE If you read about Sew Your Own in The Observer, I’m afraid it’s currently out of print.
But you can buy a copy (under the original title Through The Eye Of A Needle) HERE (the link takes you to Lulu.com).
“Meet the man who made his underpants from nettles” – Mary Ann Sieghart, BBC World Service
“I couldn’t put it down. It was moving and utterly brilliant” – Rachael Matthews, Cast Off
“I think it is chic to have darned your own clothes”
– India Knight, The Sunday Times
“Charming… As an intellectual might say, it works on lots of different levels. There is a spiritual journey here, but also lots of hi-jinks and good jokes” – Molly Scott Cato, author of Green Economics
Sew Your Own: What is it?
BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour
Listen to me explain myself to Jane Garvey. She wasn’t easily impressed:
Cor, look at this fine bit of sewing
(NOTE: Sew Your Own was first published under the title Through The Eye Of A Needle by Permanent Publications)
Sew Your Own : Reviews
“What a great read!” – Blue Peter
“Brilliantly heart-warming, laugh-out-loud story… the kind of book that word of mouth can’t spread fast enough” – Knitting magazine
“He makes yarn from plastic bags and sews his clothes on a Twenties treadle-powered Singer machine. Now he wants to take on climate change and anti-social behaviour with crochet hooks” – Evening Standard
“Excellent account of making his own outfit (even down to woollen underpants)” – Easy Living
“Compelling… For Flintoff, enlightenment comes neither through religion nor political affiliation – but in making clothes… an inspiring eulogy to DIY” – The Financial Times
“It seems, and I’m grinding my jaws as I type this, that his time has come” – Harriet Green (the author’s wife) quoted in The Observer
Buy the Kindle Edition here now