Sew Kawaii!: 22 Simple Sewing Projects for Cool Kids of All Ages

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In Japanese, kawaii means cute, adorable, or loveable, and arises from the need to have a little bit of child-like innocence and naivete in your life regardless of age or gender. Cuteness is a large part of Japanese culture, and kawaii has grown all over the world to inspire iconic characters that are eye-catching in their simplicity.

Author and seamstress Choly Knight has captured the essence of kawaii and turned it into 22 fun and simple sewing projects that appeal to everyone...

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Overview

In Japanese, kawaii means cute, adorable, or loveable, and arises from the need to have a little bit of child-like innocence and naivete in your life regardless of age or gender. Cuteness is a large part of Japanese culture, and kawaii has grown all over the world to inspire iconic characters that are eye-catching in their simplicity.

Author and seamstress Choly Knight has captured the essence of kawaii and turned it into 22 fun and simple sewing projects that appeal to everyone from teenagers to grandmothers. Though the easy-to-use, step-by-step instructions are simple enough for a beginning seamstress to get dynamite results, more advanced sewers will be impressed by the variety of projects and the quality of construction. Organized from easiest to easy, and filled with techniques to add to your sewing arsenal, you'll find instructions to sew accessories, simple clothing items, stuffed animal plushes, and great items to decorate a kids room. It is so easy to sew these awesome projects - all that's needed is a sewing machine, some inexpensive fabric, and a few basic sewing tools. The hardest part will be deciding which project to start on first!

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Editorial Reviews

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Sew Kawaii!: Author Choly Knight has captured the essence of kawaii and turned it into 22 fun and simple sewing projects. Projects include fun hoodies, modern beanie-style hats, handbags, and more.

What a fun book! With 22 different patterns to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone. :) I love to make things and especially to make things for kids.

This book has six different chapters with multiple projects in each. They are:

Key Chains
Storage Accessories
Wearable Accessories
Plushies
Clothing
Home Decorations

I have to admit that I didn't like ALL of the projects, but the ones that I did like, I LOVED.

Among my favorites are the towel caddy and the electronic cases. I also think that the strawberry key chains and the octopus plushies are adorable.

Each craft has complete instructions and all of the patterns are full size in the back of the book. Each of the instructions have a level of experience needed to make the items. Most of them are beginner.

With bright colored photos and step by step instructions, Choly Knight makes her patterns easy to read and to follow.

Great for kid crafts and summer fun!

This book is full of adorable "kawaii" projects that I can't wait to make! Time and getting ready to move back into a dorm has prevented me from being able to make anything yet, but I hope to buy this book once it comes out and make something for Ohayocon, a convention I'm going to in January. What I liked the most about this how-to book, was the difficulty level. None of the projects looked as if they were too difficult and the brightly colored photos explained a lot. If you are like me, and love all things Japanese, or you just love things that are super kawaii, then this is the book for you!

The Kawaii craze is one crafters know well, though maybe not by name. In Japanese, Kawaii means cute, adorable, or loveable. Look up "kawaii crafts" on Google and you're sure to find sweet stuffed animals, little cupcakes with faces, and fun wearable accessories that mirror popular cartoon characters well known in Japan.

For those who want to get started learning kawaii crafting, there's Sew Kawaii!, a great book filled with 22 simple sewing projects for kids of all ages!

This colorful and easy to read book is for the young kid in all of us. These 22 cute and adorable crafts can be worn, cuddled, or even displayed as home d├ęcor. My personal favorite has to be the Jellyfish Purse. This fun accessory is so unique and fun to show off! I can't wait to make one!

Even if you have little to no sewing experience, there are still lots of crafts in Sew Kawaii that you can make with ease. Each project has several step-by-step photos that make following the instructions so easy. With a cute code of smiley faces, hearts, clovers, and stars, author Choly Knight depicts the very easy patterns from the intermediate ones, making creating Kawaii easy and fun.

From simple keychains to the cutest darn sushi quilt you?ve ever seen, Sew Kawaii is a great book for the Peter Pan in all of us, for that one part of you that still enjoys cute cuddly stuffed animals or that takes pleasure out of wearing a dress that slightly resembles a squid!

I was privileged to receive a digital copy of Sew Kawaii from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Just looking at the cover makes me want to find some good material and get sewing, and that's just my first impression. Based on the cover alone, this is probably a book I would pick up if I saw it in the store.

The book is a relatively thin one that starts off with a little bit of info as to just what kawaii means, not only the literal meaning but also from a cultural standpoint. A good little background for those who may not be so familiar with Japanese words and concepts. (It keeps this up by introducing Japanese words for various projects throughout the book, which is fun to see.) It also does what every craft book does and tells you a little about the types of materials you're going to need, along with an overview of the basic skills needed to make the projects.

The projects range from easy to a little more advanced, but none of them are particularly hard to accomplish. The types of projects vary, from cute little keychain or cell phone charms to large items like character hats and scarves. Naturally, there are patterns here for cute stuffed animals, too. The book doesn't stop at giving directions for accessories, either. There are instructions for altering clothes to make them cuter or give them animal attributes, and to make larger items of clothing.

Some of the accessories are cute but impractical. While I can imagine someone wearing a plush scarf with a cat face at an anime convention, I can't see some of these things being used in daily life. The charms and stuffed animals, though, are both easy and make great gifts, and can be enjoyed by many people at many times. Most of the larger clothing patterns are more practical, too, while still being stylish and cute.

Not all, though. The squid dress, for example, may be cute but goes right back into the realm of something you can probably only wear at a costume party or a convention. And I dread to think about how many times those hanging tentacles could make a person trip.

It's safe to say, though, that if you like cute things, you'll find something in this book that you'll really enjoy making. There are more than a couple of patterns that I have my eye on that I think are going to be very cute!

I requested to read Sew Kawaii because of its fun description and cute cover! This book is super cute and has 22 projects with the patterns in the back to sew! I'm a crochet-er not a sewer but I couldn't pass up on the cuteness of this book and I like how the first chapters has a list of materials needed and tutorials with pictures and clear text talking out how to do certain techniques like attaching appliques and such. Each project has a description, a materials list, and the difficulty level along with pictures and a description of how to make it. I found a ton of projects I'm looking forward to trying to make! There are the cutest pillows and bags that I'm in love with! There is a pattern/description of how to make 3 different animal purses and I'd love to make them all! The patterns are for a bird, seal, and platypus purse. A PLATYPUS! There are patterns for purses, keychains, plushies, and even pages showing how to add the cutest extras ever on a hoodie!

I really liked reading this book. I know you don't read books like this cover to cover most of the time but the writing was clear and there were some gorgeous pictures! I can't vouch for the quality of the patterns but I will definitely be trying some of them as soon as I have the time! This isn't the kind of book that you pick through and find 1 or 2 patterns and ideas that you'd like to try. There were actually only 1 or 2 projects I didn't particularly care for! I liked the pictures that went with the descriptions of making the projects or a particular skill. The pictures of the projects were to die for and I can't wait to try my hand at a fox hat, platypus purse, seal purse, jellyfish purse, bird purse (the purses were just so cute!), and make my own super cute animal type hoodie (I'm thinking a fox or maybe a raccoon.)

I keep trying to show you a picture of the cute projects you can find in this great book but I am foiled at every turn! So the best I can do is show y'all a project I like but that I don't feel shows off the books ultimate cuteness! Below is the zombie kitty hat that there is a pattern for in the book. I took the image from the author's etsy page where you can buy it from her if you don't want to try the totally approachable projects in the book!

If you want to see more of the projects then I would suggest going to the product's Amazon page and looking inside it- just wait until you get to the purses! and while you're over there, go ahead and pick yourself up a copy! I can almost guarantee you'll love it and find some great projects to squee! about and want to make! (see how I slipped in that "almost guarantee" bit? ha! clever me. no legal standing now mwahah!) But seriously, this was a super cute book and I'm so happy I was able to look through it and see so many great projects I can't wait to try!

I would say this book is pretty amazing based on the projects extreme cuteness and clear writing that make a sewing noob like me feel like I could tackle the projects in this book! I was able to read and review this great sewing book for free but all the thoughts here are my own and I didn't receive anything to give them a positive review. These are my own thoughts! Hopefully I'll be able to put up posts of my versions of the projects to show y'all how I did! :)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565235687
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 367,252
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Choly Knight has her finger on the pulse of what today's young crafters really want. A power-seller on Etsy.com, she is the author of six sewing books from Fox Chapel Publishing. Choly has been crafting for as long as she can remember, and has drawn, painted, sculpted, and taped everything in sight. She took up sewing at age 12 and knitting at 21. After going to college for English and Studio Art, she now enjoys trying to find numerous different ways to combine all of her passions of writing, fine art, and craft art.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

What is Kawaii?

Getting Started

Supplies and tools needed

Common sewing terms

Chapter 1: Accessories

Plush keychains

Simple purse

Cube purses

Cases for electronics

Jellyfish purses

Chapter 2: Wearable Accessories

Character hats

Arm warmers & leg warmers

Animal scarf

Chapter 3: Plushes

Blob plushes

Platypus plush

Octopus plush

Llama plush

Sitting plushes

Chapter 4: Clothing

Character ponchos

Character hoodies

Squid dresses

Jellyfish dress

Chapter 5: Around the House

Log pillows

Simple square pillows

Towel caddy

Sushi sampler quilt

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

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    Sew Kawaii is So Kawaii!!

    When I saw this on NetGalley, I knew that I had to read it! Normally I don't review non-fiction, but with a book that is all about making things that are Kawaii, I couldn't resist. This book is full of adorable "kawaii" projects that I can't wait to make! Time and getting ready to move back into a dorm has prevented me from being able to make anything yet, but I hope to buy this book once it comes out and make something for Ohayocon, a convention I'm going to in January. What I liked the most about this how-to book, was the difficulty level. None of the projects looked as if they were too difficult and the brightly colored photos explained a lot. If you are like me, and love all things Japanese, or you just love things that are super kawaii, then this is the book for you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    I really love this book! All the patterns are straight forward a

    I really love this book! All the patterns are straight forward and give step by step instruction. Great for those who love the cutesy Japanese style, and who are new to sewing. Only thing I didn't really like was the patterns need to be enlarged since they are actually pages of the book. I had to scan the on my printer and it might be hard for those who are computer illiterate. Of course one could always go to a copy center and have them enlarged. I ended up cutting them out from the book so the enlargements were not distorted. Totally worth it though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    you must check it out!!

    o.m.g. awesome great book you should get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*

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