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Growing Up Sew Liberated: Making Handmade Clothes and Projects for Your Creative Child Paperback – June 14, 2011
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"Rarely, though, does a book make my heart race in the same way that it does every time I open my copy of Growing up Sew Liberated. The photos are dreamy and gorgeous, but it's the projects that really speak to my racing heart. This book is full of patterns and instructions to make all of the things that my daughters want." - Stefanie Japel, Craftsy.com
"The clothes are cute but not cutesy, and they look super comfortable, too. The playthings are made with learning in mind - the author is a former Montessori teacher - but they aren't earnest. The dolls and capes and play tent would doubtless provide all sorts of room for imaginative play." - CanadianLiving.com
"I loved her first book, so I knew this one, which is devoted to the littles, would be fantastic too. And it is!...full of beautiful things to sew. Many of the projects are just right for gifts as well. I would enjoy making all of them and I know they would all be well received and loved." - Meg Spaeth, ElsieMarley.com
"One of my favorite things about Meg's blog (and this book) is that her writing and designs are infused with experience from her years as a Montessori teacher. I love reading about how she has translated that training into parenting... Throughout the book Meg has added wonderful tips and ideas for play, learning, and involving children in household tasks that are really inspiring." - Rae Hoekstra, Made-by-Rae.com
"I have a new favorite sewing book! The book is full of playful and easy sewing projects to make for children...Growing Up Sew Liberated is interspersed with great nuggets of wisdom about play, art materials, and learning. As a longtime reader of Meg's (since back when she was blogging as Montessori by Hand), I see the former early childhood educator coming through here." - The Artful Parent
"Growing Up Sew Liberated is a fantastic sewing book, but more importantly it is a guide to deepening our children's love of nature through creative play. Every project has a purpose. A child's need for rhythm and sense of wonder are main themes throughout the book, and it is a wonderful insight into how to create a natural rhythm for any family." - Rhythm of the Home
"This title is full of inspiration, practical sewing instruction for family projects, lovely photos, and comforting advice about creating family rhythm." - SimpleHomeSchool.net
"INCREDIBLE! Meg has merged her early childhood education background, with her pattern making skills and mothering experience to produce a book that is filled with gorgeous clothing destined to become your child's favorites...the instructions and patterns are always straightforward so even if you don't have lots of sewing experience you can go forth with confidence." - Maya Donenfeld, Maya*Made
"The perfect inspiration for summer sewing." - Blair Stocker, Wise Craft
"Growing up Sew Liberated is beautifully written and styled in a manner that will inspire both you and the little ones in your world. The sewing projects have been thoughtfully put together and nestled among them are tips and ideas on connecting with your children through play and creativity." - Jennifer Casa, JCasa *handmade
"This book is not only great resource for patterns and projects but also wisdom on family life, rhythm (one of my favorite topics),and teaching - to name just a few." - Nicole Spring, Frontier Dreams
"Do you follow Sew Liberated [the blog]? Then you probably know what a sweet, kind, creative woman Meg is. What I love most about this book is that you can see her personality in it. You can just feel it through her writing and kid-friendly projects." – Dana Willard, Dana-Made-It.com
"All of Meg's patterns have a timeless and classic style while keeping the fun and creativity of childhood play as their focus." - Joanna Johnson, author, Phoebe's Sweater
"A collection of adorable items to sew for y
About the Author
An internationally certified Montessori teacher, Meg McElwee is a successful sewing pattern designer and the author of the Sew Liberated crafting blog, where she offers sewing tutorials and writes about motherhood and other handmade projects. She is also the author of Sew Liberated: 20 Stylish Projects for the Modern Sewist. Meg lives in North Carolina with her husband and two sons.
More About the Author
Please join in the discussion about sewing projects from Sew Liberated at the Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/sewliberatedbook/ There you will find photos of completed projects, links to any corrections/errata, and useful tips from other sewists.
From Meg: "Sew Liberated" is a name that I chose because of its many layers of meaning and many possibilities of interpretation. For me, Sew Liberated is a way of looking at craft that is, at once, traditional and completely modern. Depending on who you are and your own preferences, you can find solace in the "traditional crafts" either as a return to a slower lifestyle, or as a fist-held-high statement of non-conformism with today's commercial culture. Personally? I identify with both reasons and don't see them as mutually exclusive. In addition, Sew Liberated touches on the personal fulfillment we experience when we create. I know that I get such a rush when I conceive of and bring to life a project, and I'm sure you feel the same.
Top Customer Reviews
Every project looks not only do-able and super cute, but like something that would fit our life style and my sewing abilities. These are clothes and toys that we would use over and over again - crossover tee, leggings, learning numbers, reversible cape, doll, and placemats.
I made the art satchel as soon as I received the book and my girls are already in love with it! Also labeled a "studio-on-the-go," it is made to hold crayons, markers, and a drawing pad. What a perfect way to bring the art with us this summer - in the car, to the beach, or just to the backyard. With this, a child would be well equipped to draw anywhere and everywhere.
Besides the awesome projects, Growing Up Sew Liberated is interspersed with informative sidebars about play, art materials, and learning. As a longtime reader of hers (since back when she was blogging as Montessori by Hand), I see the former early childhood educator coming through here. The sidebars provide ideas that go hand in hand with many of the projects. For example, the set of play numbers is accompanied by a two-page spread of "irresistible number activities" and an embroidered placemat project has a similar spread of "learning through everyday tasks." The sidebars definitely add a helpful multidimensional aspect to this lovely sewing book!
Some of my favorites in this book are:
-the basic pocket pants
-the play tent!
-little amigo cloth doll
The only thing I was a tiny bit sad about was that some of the clothing basics- like the envelope tee!- were baby sizes, up to 18 mo., and I bought this book with my 2yo and 4yo in mind. A few of the clothing basics go up to 5T, though.
Basically, this book is a great resource for fun "stuff" for my kids, not clothes. Good for baby clothes and kid "stuff". If you buy with that in mind, you will be very pleased :)
The only thing that I am a little bit sad about is that the clothing only goes up to 5t--which my 5 year old has grown out of already--and the baby clothes are already too little for my nearly 2-year old (which isn't the book's fault--it just came out too late;). I wish the sizes went up a bit more, so I guess this is really more of a very early childhood book in that aspect. However, there's still a decent amount for an older child, including the doll, papoose, and art satchel. I won't say that I want to make every single project, but how often does that happen? This book is really a must-have.
The projects are probably best suited from newborn to 5/6 years, although some are most certainly suitable for older children like the play tent, art satchel (I might make one for me!), a bag, play cape even the beautiful doll could easily delight an older child. The clothing patterns are mostly for 0-2 years, there is a tee, pants & leggings for 2-5 years.
The book is broken into 5 chapters much like a day, waking and dressing, homemaking, indoor play, outdoor play and off to sleep.
I had to contact Meg for instructions for the dolls hair. The book has a link to her blog, but it doesn't work yet. She kindly and quickly wrote back explaining, through various life circumstances, it was not yet done. She suggested googling a video which I did and found this one: [...] it's a 3 part video.
I love crafting and I adore this book. I didn't have great difficulty in finding supplies but then I haven't made everything in the book yet! Somethings do need to be substituted, seeing as it is a world wide market. It's nothing these days to have books from all over the world on your selves, so substitutions are fairly common. The difficulty is when you are completely unfamiliar with the product it makes thinking out side of the square harder, but then there's google ;o)
The foam needed for the dress up bucket I found at an Upholsters. They were more than happy for me to look through their scraps and purchase some.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't say anything terribly negative about this sewing book. In fact, at first when it arrived, I even felt a bit of novelty when perusing some of the more unusual but definitely... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nikki Chenard
Very pleased with the ideas that were offered by this nice book.Published 7 months ago by ldycat1170
This is a good book full of ideas and all in one place. I enjoyed the photography in the book and the binding. (sometimes these sewing books have BAD bindings and fall apart). Read morePublished 12 months ago by Brandi M.
I'm giving this three stars for now till I have a chance to try out some of the patterns. I had a not so encouraging experience ordering a pattern from her web site--NOT the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Laura
I really like this book and it patterns and designs are very clear. Even for a beginning sewer.
So if you are and like to make some cute things for your kids, this is a good... Read more