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Don't just sew for your kids. Sew with them! Rubyellen Bratcher has invented 30 simple projects that encourage families to spend more time together through DIY activities. This mom of four learned how to sew at her local fabric shop, ...
Don't just sew for your kids. Sew with them! Rubyellen Bratcher has invented 30 simple projects that encourage families to spend more time together through DIY activities. This mom of four learned how to sew at her local fabric shop, but soon found that her daughters were her greatest source of inspiration. Documenting her family's daily life and DIY adventures online, Rubyellen's blog, Cakies, has steadily grown into a destination for parents and crafters of all ages. In her first book, she offers 30 projects for kids and grown-ups to make together, including a handpainted skirt, scribbled placemats, a robot friend, easy felt party garlands, overstuffed dollhouse pillows, a gorgeous world-map quilt, and much more. Each chapter also includes no-sew projects, educational activities, play ideas, and reading suggestions to encourage imagination and learning.
Posted September 18, 2014
I was soooooo impressed by this book! When Rubyellen says that its simple projects that the whole family can make in Let’s Sew Together she is not lying or exaggerating! Almost every single craft she gives can involve the help of a child, whether it’s decorating or very basic sewing!
I haven’t had time to actually make one of the crafts in this book, but have read over all of them! She gives clear instructions with pictures that help people like me who are visual learners to understand. I love the variety of sewing projects she includes rather than just focusing on one thing/room! Rubyellen also makes a big emphasis on adding a child’s decoration (such as a drawing) into the projects which I really like!
However by far my favorite thing that truly caught me by surprise is how there are “teaching moments” as well as “read it together” boxes with every craft! So cool! Now I not only can get my family involved in the actual sewing/non-sewing part of the project, but can teach something along with it such as different shapes when making necklaces. Then afterwards we could always read one of the books that she recommends (most of the books are geared toward younger children). Super awesome!
This sewing book is truly a gem in helping teach children basic sewing as well as getting their creativity woven in and bonding time with them! Highly recommend to sewing lovers who want crafts to bring the entire family together!
*(I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review!)*
Posted July 30, 2014
Disclosure: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.
My mom sews very well. Me? Not so much. But it's a skill I'd like to learn. I was excited to review Let's Sew Together: Simple Projects the Whole Family Can Make by Rubyellen Bratcher to get some ideas for things that the girls and I can do to learn this skill.
The first few pages of the book act as a great intro to the vocabulary of sewing, as well as a quick tutorial for some basic stitches. If you are a complete beginner, you may need to do a little more poking around to find explanations or demonstrations online, but I think it was a great balance between being overly detailed and not providing enough information.
The ideas in the book are clearly identified by difficulty: no-sew, sew quick, make in an afternoon, and longer projects that may take more time and effort. Many of them don't require patterns at all. The ones that do can be found in the back of the book, and do need to be enlarged on a copier. We haven't tackled those projects yet, but the girls and I successfully made slippers and some cloth shape necklaces.
If you're an advanced seamstress, this isn't a book for you. But if you're a person with limited or no experience, you'll get some ideas you can use right away to create handmade projects that actually turn out pretty well!
Posted June 6, 2014
The second I saw this book, I was immediately drawn in by the photography. I saw several sweet items that I would love to have for my girls. Then when I noticed it was about sewing, and not only sewing, but teaching your kids to sew, I was hooked! There are so many neat little projects in this book. From rag dolls, to cozy slippers, to fun bunting, to silly cuckcoo clocks – this book has it all! I couldn’t wait to receive my copy and start trying my hand at several of these projects. this book is great. You really don’t have to have any sewing background to learn from this book. I have very little experience. I’ve made a few things with my sewing machine, but not many. The author is pretty thorough. I made one of her projects today (probably the simplest one; perfectly pom pincushion) just to see how well I understood her instructions. She was very clear! The only part I could see being somewhat confusing is the section on hand-sewing. I was reading about making a slip stitch. It’s a very basic stitch, but if I didn’t know how to do this I would probably have to search a youtube video. But then again, I am a very visual learner. But really, that’s my only complaint!
If you are interested in introducing your child to the world of sewing (and I highly recommend you do!) you should pick up a copy of this book. Even if you don’t care to teach your child, but are a crafter yourself – buy this book. At the very least, buy this book as a coffee table book because flipping through the book and seeing all of the pictures alone had me entertained for quite some time. *I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.