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Posted July 2, 2011
Sew Tina! 30 Cute Projects & Adorable Decor Items For Kids by Tina Givens features clothing, accessories and decor projects for kids age newborn to roughly 8 years old. The book is broad and spiral-bound for easy use while sewing (yay!), and comes with 18 full-size patterns in the inside pocket (just trace and cut, and you're good to go!).
Sew Tina! starts with a brief but thorough section on techniques like pleating, gathering, binding, mitering corners, with lovely drawn instructions. The projects are then split into two sections: for the Little Ones and the Bigger Ones. Tina Givens' adorable illustrations pepper the pages.
While I've made a lot of baby gifts over the past few years, I continue to be hesitant about making clothing for kids or myself. Well, until I read this book! Tina's voice is so fun and encouraging, you can't help but be swayed by her enthusiasm and confidence that you'll do just fine. She's warm, funny and definitely not fussy. Her fabric designs and illustrations are a good reflection of her attitude: exuberant, playful and upbeat.
In Tina's own words, this is a book "in which I celebrate sewing for kids". The patterns are whimsical and fun, perfect for playtime but stylish too. The clothes are roomy and meant to grow with the child. Tina gives the reader little tips throughout, including confidence-boosting gems like: "Remember to use your judgment and enjoy the creative journey, people!"
Some of my personal favorite projects include the Squeaky Cap and Booties (unbearably cute!), the awesome Moses Basket (wish I had seen this when I was still pregnant!), the Baby Lounge Suits and the Maryjane Booties. Givens' fabric collections are used for the projects and they are quite colorful and busy, but use your imagination and you can use the patterns to fit your own style.
There are cool projects like wall art, a soft book, a simple quilt and a Sleeping Bag with Tote (definitely making that for my kid when we start sleepovers). I am pretty sure I won't be able to stop myself from making the Reversible Skirt for my niece!
After browsing through the book, I decided to make my 3-year-old the Dude Shorts. I'm happy to report the pattern was super straightforward and the instructions easy to follow. I'm so excited to have jumped into this clothes-making process. My kiddo has something new to wear for summertime and my sewing confidence has been boosted.
Full of unique projects and straightforward instructions, Sew Tina! is a book I'm happy to add to my crafty collection. I'll definitely be going back to it for baby gifts and future clothing projects for the kiddos!