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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2011
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I just got this book in the mail today and immediately dove in to check out the latest craft book offering. I could immediately tell it was a great purchase and after I finished it I'm convinced it's one of the best craft books I've bought to date. (and I seem to buy everyone that comes out) The book comes with a big fat stack of patterns in the back, which I love, I hate paying $$ for a book and then having to draft my own pieces or slog to the copiers to print and increase 37% or whatever... And, it comes with patterns for things I will actually make! It has really great simple clothing patterns for babies to 5t, toy/activity patterns, outside play ideas, I know I will get a lot of use from this book. Perhaps the best thing about the book is the little ideas and Montessori activities that she sprinkles throughout the book. This isn't a Montessori book persay, anyone can use and love it, but I really love the respectful Montessori method and these little ideas and reminders were great to see paired up with loving handmade ideas to make for my family. If you have young children and love to make things for them to wear, play, or use, then definately buy this book!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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This is my new favorite sewing book! It's full of playful and easy sewing projects to make for children. With many sewing books I flip through and see a few projects that I can envision sewing (or my child wearing). With this one, I want to make ALL of them. Literally. (Okay, maybe not the baby sleep sack, but that's just me. I never really got into them.)

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!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2011
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I pre-ordered this book the moment I saw the preview pictures on Meg's blog. The tent and play cape on the cover are great in and of themselves, but the Waldorf-style doll--I'm in love! The next day I had already ordered all of my supplies and I'm currently happily in the middle of constructing two dolls. I can report that the instructions are very, very clear and easy. It's helpful to read each section (head, etc.) ahead of time thoroughly to make sure that you understand the purpose behind every step and what will happen in the coming steps. I even adapted the fiber to be vegan and am happy to report that bamboo works well with the pattern.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2013
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A good collection of basics, with much room for creativity. Also, I am not a professional seamstress, (but I am eager and mostly learn as I go) and this book is not hard to follow. Don't be intimidated- dive in!

Some of my favorites in this book are:
-the basic pocket pants
-the play tent!
-art bag
-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 :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2011
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This book is absolutely gorgeous. The execution of the work is excellent. The instructions are clear, the patterns are included (pouch at the back) and the photos are so beautiful.

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.
I noticed some one said they had trouble finding the Jiffy grip fabric, I don't have local access to this either but would use the rubber matting that is used to line cupboards, or stop rugs from moving. It is found in 'cheapy' stores in the kitchen isle or camping stores. It's very cheap.

I know I'm going to get years of projects from this book even after my little ones have grown, then I'll have grand babies to sew for. You'll produce awesome projects you can be proud of and appreciated by the receiver!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2011
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While I will say the instructions are very clear and easy to follow some of her supplies are exotic and difficult to find. For instance in the dress-up bucket she calls for "One 12" square and four 11 3/4" x 10" rectangles of 1/2" thick upholstery foam (such as Nu-foam)" This material is very difficult to find! Most normal stores: joann's, etc no longer carry nu-foam 1/2" thick and I could only find one online store that sold it buy the yard so I could cut all the various pieces and with shipping it became a very $$$ project. Likewise with the jiffy grip nonslip fabric for the embroidered placemat. And the few places I could find the jiffy grip said that I shouldn't use it on wood. Then how can I use it for a placemat on a table, since most tables are made of wood? So much for simple designs. . . I wanted to love this book, but due to things like the examples above I can only recommend it with reservations. The Montessori teachings woven within are nice, but I wish more time had been spent on using easy to find supplies instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2011
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The projects may be for mom, but the creativity and imaginative play they inspire will keep your kids busy for hours. Some of my favorite projects are the art satchel, which, unlike others I have seen, is large enough to carry not only crayons and pencils, but also a drawing pad, with a clever enclosure of plexiglass to provide a stable surface; the play cape (though I would modify it to be a 'superhero' cape for my boys rather than a hooded, fairy-tale-type cape); the naturalist's scavenger hunt bag - perfect for any little 'collector' on outings; and, though I haven't made it yet, the amazing hideaway play tent. There are also patterns for simple, everyday clothing, and projects to inspire learning, such as the embroidered place mat and the irresistible numbers. The instructions are clear and well-written, and the photographs are beautiful, making you itch to create each project.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2013
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This book has a lot of fun looking projects, but the directions are very wordy with few illustrations. I find myself getting bogged down frequently as a visual learner. I find it necessary to make a trial run just to figure out the directions. I wouldn't recommend the book, but I will continue to try a few of the projects. The full size patterns are a plus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2012
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I really liked the ideas for the items and the tips of the author, not only for the projects themselves but also for day-by-day things like making a nice routine for your kids and so.
She gives you nice tips on how to work with knit fabrics and her projects are useful, not the kind of things you sew just to have it forgotten somewhere inside a drawer.

If you find troubles to find the materials she indicates, do try to adapt the projects for what you can get your hands onto, i.e. the silk sling project can be rather expensive so use normal cotton knits instead. It's worth the change.

The only thing I didn't like was one project, for which she teaches you where to make a placemat and doesn't give you a good finishing technique for the binding step, which makes that you have a bulky part on it.
Luckily I've been watching tutorials enough not to make that mistake and get myself a better finishing. Besides that, I liked everything else and would recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2012
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This is a great book with very thorough instructions and really nice patterns. Beyond that, the author includes little snippets for montessori-type activities/tips, which are nice to read through. So far I have used the book to make the baby bubble pants and the toddler crossover tee. The baby bubble pants are a nice roomy pant that will easily fit over cloth diapers and should continue fitting for quite some time due to the generous cut and elasticized ankles. The crossover tee is a really comfy pajama shirt and my daughter absolutely LOVES the tee! I have sewn up several of them and they are easy to sew up and look darling on my daughter. I can't wait to try more of the patterns from the book!
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