Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut believe sewing shouldn’t be scary.

Immergut, an artist and sewing entrepreneur, and Blum, a senior editor at Family Fun magazine, have collaborated on a book that promises to make sewing fast, fun and fearless.

The book, Improv Sewing, teaches readers just enough to set their imaginations — and their sewing machines — free. They coach readers to use forgiving fabrics and encourage them to put their own creative stamps on their garments, home accessories and other projects.

The book includes five basic clothing designs that can be tweaked in countless ways. Instructions are included for 101 projects, some using recycled materials.

Improv Sewing is published by Storey Publishing and sells for $19.95 in softcover.

— Mary Beth Breckenridge