Growing Up Sew Liberated: Making Handmade Clothes and Projects for Your Creative Child

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Bring joy, creativity & learning to your sewing with fabulous kid-friendly projects!

Meg McElwee puts her signature sewing style into gorgeous children's clothes and creative activity-focused designs. From simple clothing to toys, Growing Up Sew Liberated is packed with innovative, playful sewing patterns. Follow the structure of a child's day with 20 projects including:

  • Getting up and getting dressed: ...
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Bring joy, creativity & learning to your sewing with fabulous kid-friendly projects!

Meg McElwee puts her signature sewing style into gorgeous children's clothes and creative activity-focused designs. From simple clothing to toys, Growing Up Sew Liberated is packed with innovative, playful sewing patterns. Follow the structure of a child's day with 20 projects including:

  • Getting up and getting dressed: comfortable clothing patterns such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, and pocket pants.
  • Homemaking and cooking: projects for engaging children in helping around the house and for in the kitchen, such as aprons, bibs, and placemats.
  • Playtime: indoor and outdoor activities are celebrated with dolls, a cape, a satchel, and a tent.
  • Bedtime: snuggle in for a night in cozy pj's and a sleep sack.

Meg adds in suggestions for projects and adventures for kids and adults to explore together and tasks that children can accomplish on their own.

Includes a techniques section, how-to photos, extra tips and tricks, and a bonus full-size pattern section, Growing Up Sew Liberated collects designs, activities, and ideas that are perfect for adding creativity into the daily life of sewists, children, and families.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Rarely, though, does a book make my heart race in the same way that it does every time I open my copy of Growing up Sew Liberated. The photos are dreamy and gorgeous, but it's the projects that really speak to my racing heart. This book is full of patterns and instructions to make all of the things that my daughters want." - Stefanie Japel,

"The clothes are cute but not cutesy, and they look super comfortable, too. The playthings are made with learning in mind - the author is a former Montessori teacher - but they aren't earnest. The dolls and capes and play tent would doubtless provide all sorts of room for imaginative play." -

"I loved her first book, so I knew this one, which is devoted to the littles, would be fantastic too. And it is!...full of beautiful things to sew. Many of the projects are just right for gifts as well. I would enjoy making all of them and I know they would all be well received and loved." - Meg Spaeth,

"One of my favorite things about Meg's blog (and this book) is that her writing and designs are infused with experience from her years as a Montessori teacher. I love reading about how she has translated that training into parenting... Throughout the book Meg has added wonderful tips and ideas for play, learning, and involving children in household tasks that are really inspiring." - Rae Hoekstra,

"I have a new favorite sewing book! The book is full of playful and easy sewing projects to make for children...Growing Up Sew Liberated is interspersed with great nuggets of wisdom about play, art materials, and learning. As a longtime reader of Meg's (since back when she was blogging as Montessori by Hand), I see the former early childhood educator coming through here." - The Artful Parent

"Growing Up Sew Liberated is a fantastic sewing book, but more importantly it is a guide to deepening our children's love of nature through creative play. Every project has a purpose. A child's need for rhythm and sense of wonder are main themes throughout the book, and it is a wonderful insight into how to create a natural rhythm for any family." - Rhythm of the Home

"This title is full of inspiration, practical sewing instruction for family projects, lovely photos, and comforting advice about creating family rhythm." -

"INCREDIBLE! Meg has merged her early childhood education background, with her pattern making skills and mothering experience to produce a book that is filled with gorgeous clothing destined to become your child's favorites...the instructions and patterns are always straightforward so even if you don't have lots of sewing experience you can go forth with confidence." - Maya Donenfeld, Maya*Made

"The perfect inspiration for summer sewing." - Blair Stocker, Wise Craft

"Growing up Sew Liberated is beautifully written and styled in a manner that will inspire both you and the little ones in your world. The sewing projects have been thoughtfully put together and nestled among them are tips and ideas on connecting with your children through play and creativity." - Jennifer Casa, JCasa *handmade

"This book is not only great resource for patterns and projects but also wisdom on family life, rhythm (one of my favorite topics),and teaching - to name just a few." - Nicole Spring, Frontier Dreams

"Do you follow Sew Liberated [the blog]? Then you probably know what a sweet, kind, creative woman Meg is. What I love most about this book is that you can see her personality in it. You can just feel it through her writing and kid-friendly projects." – Dana Willard,

"All of Meg's patterns have a timeless and classic style while keeping the fun and creativity of childhood play as their focus." - Joanna Johnson, author, Phoebe's Sweater

"A collection of adorable items to sew for y

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596681620
  • Publisher: Interweave Press
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 631,433
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

An internationally certified Montessori teacher, Meg McElwee is a successful sewing pattern designer and the author of the Sew Liberated crafting blog, where she offers sewing tutorials and writes about motherhood and other handmade projects. She is also the author of Sew Liberated: 20 Stylish Projects for the Modern Sewist. Meg lives in North Carolina with her husband and two sons.

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Table of Contents

– Bringing Handmade Beauty into your Child’s Every Day
Greeting the Morning and Getting Dressed
- The Peaceful Morning Routine
- Thoughts on Children’s Clothing: Fostering Comfort, Movement, and Independence
• Envelope Shirts for All
• Heartwarming Baby Sweatshirt
• Baby Bubble Pants
• Crossover Shirt
• Pocket Pants

Bread Sharing and Homemaking
- Learning through Everyday Tasks: Mindfulness in Homemaking and Child Development
• Baby’s Ring Sling
• All By Myself Bib
• Embroidered Placemat
• Basic Apron
• Laundry Day Embroidered Apron
Plant Care Apron and Watering Indicators

Inside Play
- Play Is Work, Work Is Play
• Little Amigo Cloth Doll
Little Amigo Overalls, Shirt, Dress, and Shoes
• Dress Up Bucket
• Reversible Hooded Play Cape
• Irresistible Numbers

Outside Play
- Nature as Teacher
• Little Amigo Doll Papoose
• Art Satchel
• Scavenger Hunt Bag
• Hideaway Play Tent

Good Night, Sleep Tight
- Winding Down and Tucking In: Ideas for Easing the Journey to Dreamland
• Infant Sleep Sack
• Sleeping Johns (& Everyday Leggings)
• Kitty Lovey

Techniques and Tips
• Working with Knit Fabrics
• Basic Embroidery Stitches

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    This book has great instructions and pictures. I've made the tee

    This book has great instructions and pictures. I've made the teepee on the cover and my kid's absolutely love them!

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