Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Makeby Amie Plumley
Kids can sew too! This inspiring guide includes 21 fun sewing projects for children ages 5 and up. With easy-to-follow illustrated instructions and cut-out patterns, young crafters will quickly be sewing up colorful pillows, potholders, dolls, blankets, and more. These kid-tested projects require only minimal supervision and most can be made using simple hand
Kids can sew too! This inspiring guide includes 21 fun sewing projects for children ages 5 and up. With easy-to-follow illustrated instructions and cut-out patterns, young crafters will quickly be sewing up colorful pillows, potholders, dolls, blankets, and more. These kid-tested projects require only minimal supervision and most can be made using simple hand stitches, so no sewing machine is required. With plenty of encouragement and helpful tips, Sewing School helps little sewers develop their skills while sparking a passion that will last a lifetime.
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- 9.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 10 Years
Meet the Author
Andria Lisle is the Public Relations and Public Programs Manager at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. She and Amie Petronis Plumley are the authors of Sewing School and run a summer Sewing School camp.
Amie Petronis Plumley teaches kindergarten at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee, where she inspires students to sew in the classroom, in an after-school sewing club, and at a wildly popular summer sewing camp. She is co-author ofSewing Schooland the mother of two small children.
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I wanted to find a good resource for was sewing. Although I know how to sew, I am a learned teacher, not a natural teacher. I need books that will give me good directions that both me and my kids can read. I need things to be simple. I don't have a lot of time for prep in my life right now. I like good, clear, and simple illustrations. Surprisingly, I found all of those things in this book! There is an introductory section for parents about how to teach sewing and how to approach the endeavor. Then, there are the basics of knots and hand sewing stitches. The pictures are simple and the directions below the pictures are concise and clear. From there, the book includes directions on how to make 21 sewing projects. I wondered what these projects would be like. I was wonderfully surprised at what I found. Patterns and stuffing are introduced. Projects range from simple to more complex. There is even one for making a skirt using a sewing machine--on the most basic level! Honestly, that was just what I wanted. I was looking for a book that primarily focused on hand sewing with a little machine sewing towards the end so that I can introduce the kids to my sewing machine when it's time. The projects in this book are wonderful ideas for gifts that my girls will be able to make for others come next Christmas. I think the best age range for this book is 5-12 year olds. 5 years old may be a little young for this book, but if you take it slow, have patience and a needle threader, I think you'll be in good shape. 12 may seem a little old for this book, but if someone was starting off sewing that has never sewn before, I would start them with just these projects. The directions are clear and simple--and that's helpful no matter how old you are! The authors obviously know what they're talking about. They run a summer camp for elementary age children in Tennessee every year to teach them how to sew. So, these projects have been tested and made over and over. These authors are writing with experience! Every so often I find authors who pretend to be people they're not or write about things that they have only a little experience in. That's not the case with these two! I am impressed. This book has made me really look forward to sewing with my girls and now I just can't wait to introduce my girls to sewing! We just so happened to get them new shoes this weekend and the boxes are just the perfect size to become their new sewing boxes. So, I'm off to cover them with paper... Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Storey Publishing.
I taught my 6 year old granddaughter and my 12 year old neice to sew. These skills can be used their whold life. The book gives rules for the children and for you in dealing with children. The book is full of pictures and includes patterns.
I sent this book to my granddaughter because she is crazy about sewing. When I saw it in the library, I saw that 6 year olds were in the camp and being successful. It is written with excellent instuctions and the best safety training. I love the fact that they show the work of the children, so that a child can see how it looks and that not being perfect at their age is OK. These authors know what they are doing and have provided a wonderful book to use as a guideline, or as I used it, to send to get her started.
My daughter who is in 1st grade loved this book so much. I highly recommend it. Not too hard or too easy, and it comes with patterns ready to cut out and try right away. It helps if you also have an adult ready to help with a sewing machine, but there are a lot of patterns that work with hand-sewing as well. I would suggest buying about a yard of fabric, some felt, thread, and a small sewing kit to give along with the book. They will be excited to get started right away once they start reading!