Here's a crafty tip:

Ever thought about buying a craft book, but weren't sure if you would like the projects inside? Try this cheat: go to Flickr and search the Groups, to see if the book has a following. Many craft and hobby books have organized groups for members to share their own creations from their ideas. You won't find the patterns or instructions, but you'll get a much better idea of the projects included!

Here's a list of 10 popular hobby books on Flickr to get you started!

1. Bend-The-Rules Sewing by Amy Karol

2. In Stitches: More Than 25 Simple and Stylish Sewing Projects by Amy Butler

3. Seams to Me: 24 New Reasons To Love Sewing by Anna Maria Horner

4. Doodle Stitching by Aimee Ray

5. Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects by Lotta Jansdotter and Meiko Arquillos

6. Sew What! Skirts: 16 Simple Styles You Can Make with Fabulous Fabrics by Francesca DenHartog

7. Stitch N' Bitch books by Debbie Stoller

8. Sew Darn Cute by Jenny Ryan

9. Bead Simple: Essential Techniques for Making Jewelry Just the Way You Want It by Susan Beal

10. Warm Fuzzies: 30 Sweet Felted Projects by Betz White

If you find a Flickr craft book group not listed, please leave a comment with the link!