I want to sew. I want to sew everything in this book! When the UPS man dropped Let’s Sew Together off at my door last week, I came inside and did a little happy dance. Okay, it wasn’t little. It was pretty charismatic. Eden and Olivia were very amused.
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.
Obviously Eden and Olivia are much too young for any of these projects right now, but even so, there are plenty of things that I would love to make and incorporate into their playroom for them to use. And when they are old enough, the book lays out appropriate tasks for your child’s age (some starting as young as age two!). And if that isn’t enough, Rubyellen has even included books and recipes to read to or cook for your children on days when they don’t feel like sewing. Miss Bratcher was also clever enough to include several no-sew projects as well as teachable moments within some of her tutorials.
Seriously, 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.
And just in case you aren’t convinced yet, I am pretty thrilled about this book. You can check out Rubyellen’s blog here. And here is my cute little pom pincushion in case you wanted to see it.
Now go get crafty!
*I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.