I’ve authored nine books in my career so far, here they are!


Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing: A Crafty Chica Novel
Waking Up in the Land of Glitter: A Crafty Chica Novel
Crafty Chica’s Guide to Artful Sewing: Fabu-Low-Sew Projects for the Everyday Crafter
Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life
Crafty Chica Collection
The Crafty Diva’s Lifestyle Makeover: Awesome Ideas to Spice Up Your Life!
The Crafty Diva’s D.I.Y. Stylebook: “A Grrrl’s Guide to Cool Creations You Can Make, Show Off, and Share”
La Casa Loca: Latino Style Comes Home: 45 Funky Craft Projects for Decorating and Entertaining
Making Shadow Boxes and Shrines
Links to audiobooks:
Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing: A Crafty Chica Novel
Waking Up in the Land of Glitter: A Crafty Chica Novel

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“…With wit and sass reminiscent of Fannie Flagg, Cano-Murillo manages to extract much mirth from her cast of craftsters, each striving to transcend restrictive patterns in life (as well as dressmaking) and to defeat family expectations that are squelching self-expression.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A fun read about stumbling into love, honoring friendship, and celebrating the power of craft. Full of good cheer!” (Kate Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Friday Night Knitting Club )

“Every word in this hilarious, fun read sparkles. Kathy Cano-Murillo is certainly an author to watch. I woke up in the land of happy reading!” (Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author)

“Waking Up in the Land of Glitter is wildly addictive! Funny, sweet, and slyly wicked, it draws you in so deeply that you’re not even remotely mad you’ve spent the night on the couch, reading, and missed all of your shows on Bravo.” (Laurie Notaro, New York Times bestselling author)

“Clever character building and a fun storyline will leave readers with a case of the warm fuzzies. Just the thing to curl up with on a cold stormy day or take to the beach.” ( )

“Cano-Murillo celebrates friendship and crafting in her fun, fabulous Crafty Chica novel. You’ll want to get out your glue gun and invite your best friends over after reading this one.” (RT Book Reviews )

“Cano-Murillo, known as the ‘Crafty Chica’ and for her line of craft products, has delved into the writing world to create one of the most lively, imaginative novels I’ve run across lately. Full of humor, love, friendship and some pretty cool art projects, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter will have readers howling one minute, sobbing the next, and reaching for their trusty glue guns to create their very own ‘love shrines’ before the end of the book. This novel was just a delightful glittery, shiny, light-hearted treat.” (Las Vegas Review-Journal )

Crafty Chica’s Guide to Artful Sewing: Fabu-Low-Sew Projects for the Everyday Crafter:

“Crafty Chica’s Guide to Artful Sewing is perfect for someone like me. I’m not a rule breaker on purpose–I just can’t follow them. With Kathy’s new book I found that what really makes every project shine is the passion that you glue behind it–that plus the glitter. This beaver says, this book is a crafty must!!!”

—Amy Sedaris, actress, comedian, and author of I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

“Not only is Kathy an inspiration, her take on craft techniques is unique and accessible to everyone. Her style recipe is three parts happiness, two parts color, and plenty of glitter–and it works every time!”

—Mark Montano, television host, designer, and author of The Big-Ass Book of Crafts

“How to resist a six-times-plus author, columnist, and all-around thread artist who exudes ‘you can do it’ in every sentence of this sewing 101 tome? Don’t. Because not only does Cano-Murillo, the self-styled ‘crafty chica,’ fill her latest book with 30 projects for home and self but she also touts the benefits of recycling, repurposing, and bargain shopping—three activities hard to ignore in these thrift-minded times. Plus, her prose and directions are easy reads. Why not, for instance, use a ready-made tote as one of the bodies for her Power Purses? Or employ vintage scarves for the oh-so-alluring lounge pillows? Upfront, she includes the basics about sewing, from fabric to machine types, as well as encouraging sidebars from fans, a list of movies featuring crafts and sewing, and a very personal and humorous “Diary of a Crafty Chica,” tales from her own career. Generous tips are embedded on almost every page, all practical and focused on saving time and money while creating a one-of-a-kind item.” —Barbara Jacobs, Booklist

“If you’re a sucker for homemade-looking fashions and home decor, pick up the book “Crafty Chica’s Guide to Artful Sewing” by Kathy Cano-Murillo…The book is full of adorable fashions, quirky and funky things for your home or dorm room.” —Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Book contributions:
Signature Styles: 20 Stitchers Craft Their Look by Jenny Doh
Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul: by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Susan Sanchez-Casal
Collage for the Soul: Expressing Hopes and Dreams Through Art by Holly Harrison, Paula Grasdal
Angel Crafts: Making Angels, Ornaments, Dolls by Hand: Step-by-Step Instructions for 47 Projects
Gifts from the Southwest Kitchen by Judy Walker
Bead Simple by Susan Beal
DecoDen Bling: Mini decorations for phones & favorite things by Alice Fisher

1 thought on “Books”

  1. Hi Kathy,
    I just finished reading Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing and I enjoyed it a lot. Thank you for such a wonderful book.

    Thank you,

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