A Kid's Guide to Sewing: Learn to Sew with Sophie & Her Friends * 16 Fun Projects You'll Love to Make & Use

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In this book by well-known modern quilters Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr along with their 11-year-old daughter Sophie Kerr, kids will learn how to navigate a sewing machine, make smart fabric choices, and use basic sewing tools. Sixteen kid-friendly projects run the gamut from clothes to bags to accessories while clear, step-by-step instructions from Weeks and husband/design partner Bill Kerr walk kids through the creation of each. Throughout the book, tips from Sophie offer design and construction advice from a ...

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Overview

In this book by well-known modern quilters Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr along with their 11-year-old daughter Sophie Kerr, kids will learn how to navigate a sewing machine, make smart fabric choices, and use basic sewing tools. Sixteen kid-friendly projects run the gamut from clothes to bags to accessories while clear, step-by-step instructions from Weeks and husband/design partner Bill Kerr walk kids through the creation of each. Throughout the book, tips from Sophie offer design and construction advice from a kid's perspective. The book "grows" with the sewist, offering more complex projects as the reader's skills develop.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A Kid's Guide To Sewing" made me smile. The projects are kid friendly, the photography is engaging, and the information age appropriate. I only wish I had this type of reference book when I started to sew!
—Nancy Zieman, TV's Sewing with Nancy; July 1, 2013

“A Kid’s Guide to Sewing — 16 Fun Projects You’ll Love to Make & Use”, by Sophie Kerr with Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr, is one of the books from “Fun Stitch Studio”. What quilter doesn’t have a secret wish for their daughter, son or grandchild to carry on the quilting tradition. This book is a perfect book to help young ones learn more about sewing. They will learn to sew by following Sophie and her friends as they make kid friendly projects. Photographs and instructions will help them learn their way around a sewing machine. Sewing terminology and helpful tools are also featured. The photos are plentiful and the content is age appropriate. This is the perfect book for any young person with the desire to learn to sew. Consider giving it to someone in your family, it may start a spark for the love of quilting.
—The Applique Society Newsletter; 8/25/13

A Kid's Guide to Sewing is written by Sophie Kerr along with her parents, Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. And who could write a book about kids sewing better than a kid? There are 16 projects in skill-building order from beginning to advanced and all of the instructions are in Sophie's voice - "Hi! My name is Sophie, and I am eleven." Any young sewist will love to read and relate to her thoughts and ideas. Her tips and suggestions are spot on for her audience. Here's a class just waiting to be held. Pick four or five of the skill-building projects and gather a group of 10- to maybe 13-year-olds. I can just hear the giggles and the pride of success!
—American Quilt Retailer; September 2013

A great starting point for teaching a child to sew using a sewing machine. This book is more focused on machine sewing than hand-sewing. It will probably remind you of the kind of projects you made when you first learned how to sew.
—DuringQuiettime.com; 9/20/13

This book comes from the new imprint of C&T Publishing, FunStitch Studio, and is designed to get young people interested and involved in sewing and home crafts. It focuses on Sewing 101, with tips on choosing fabric, using a sewing machine and navigating basic tools. There are fun projects to get any sewing novice interested.
—Australian Quilters Companion; 9/25/13

This book comes from the new imprint of C&T Publishing, FunStitch Studio, and is designed to get young people interested and involved in sewing and home crafts. It focuses on Sewing 101, with tips on choosing fabric, using a sewing machine and navigating basic tools. There are fun projects to get any sewing novice interested.
—Australian Quilters Companion; 9/25/13

Sixteen fun projects at levels from beginner to advanced await the adventurous young person with an interest in sewing in this colorful and educational resource. Learn about fabrics, supplies, machines and the basics of sewing while creating projects that will be admired, used and worn. Sophie's enthusiasm is contagious, and her tips for completing each project are helpful and kid-friendly.
—Machine Quilting Unlimited; November/December 2013

Way to go, Sweet Q-bie! In this debut book written when she was 11, Sophie - daughter of Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio - guides her young counterparts through the process of sewing. Feeling inadequate to review this book because of our age challenges, we asked junior editor Samantha Finch for feedback on why she pronounced this book "Awesome!"
According to Samantha, Sophie is thorough and has lots of pictures to show what she means. And her projects are definitely doable, Samantha says. "She makes them simple. She doesn't make them so complicated," she says.

As parents, we like that many of the projects, such as the Zippered Tote and Insulated Lunch Bag, are practical for kids. AND adults. And almost none are exclusive girlie-girl projects. Sophie obviously knows that boys like to sew too, and she's got plenty of guys pictured throughout the book, making things like belts and bags that can be enjoyed by ever kid. Lastly, her careful illustrations and picture really do make simple work out of sometimes intimidating tasks, such as installing a zipper. This is a solid choice to inspire the kids in your life to sew.
—Generation Q Magazine; November/December 2013

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607057512
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing / FunStitch Studio
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 134,693
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Weeks Ringle and her husband Bill Kerr are professional quilt makers and founders of Modern Quilt Studio (formerly FunQuilts). Bill and Weeks bring a modern twist to the great American quilting tradition with decades of quiltmaking experience and graduate design degrees. They live in Illinois with their daughter, Sophie. 11-year-old Sophie has been playing in her parents' studio and is happy to share lessons with her friends as she learns to sew.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Hello from Sophie
A Word from Weeks & Bill (Mom & Dad)
Materials & Tools
Fabrics
• Notions
• Supplies
• Tools
Your Sewing Machine
Getting to know the parts
• Learning to use & maintain your machine

The Basics of Sewing
Safety
• Cutting, pinning & measuring
• Hand sewing
• Planning your project
• Fixing mistakes

Projects: From Beginning to Advanced
Simple Pillow
Washable Pet Bed
Cuddle Fleece Scarf
Hairband
Zippered Pouch
Sleepover Bag
Fancy Ribbon Belt 2 Ways
Embroidered Pillowcase
Reversible Messenger Bag
Backpack Decorations
Quilted Placemats, Simple or “Crazy”
Pool Cover-up
Gini’s Tiered skirt
Insulated Lunchbag
Cuddle Fleece Patchwork Throw, Simple or Fancy
Zippered Tote

Resources
About the Authors

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