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Sewing for Children: 35 Step-by-step Projects to Help Kids Aged 3 and Up Learn to Sew Hardcover – March 31, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CICO Books (March 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907030239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907030239
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Emma Hardy is a stylist and designer who has worked on various lifestyle and interiors magazines, including Country Homes and Interiors and Marie Claire. Her previous books include Sewing in No Time (ISBN 978-1-906094-25-6), Quilting in No Time (ISBN 978-1-906525-29-3), Fast, Fun Cards (ISBN 978-1-904991-30-4), Green Crafts for Children (ISBN 978-1-904094-66-9) and Making Children's Clothes (ISBN: 978-1-906525-79-8), all published by CICO.

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And he can't wait to make the doll for his little sister.
Sewing Mom
This book has a lot of do-able projects for kids who already have the basics of sewing.
Zaynee
The written directions and the step-by-step pictorials are great and easy to follow.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By M. Talalay on March 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When I first read the title Sewing FOR Children, I broke out in a cold, cold sweat. I mean, I can barely sew a straight line, have a fear of sewing machines, and procrastinate sewing buttons on shirts until they no longer fit. But, the cute dolls on the cover made me read the whole book cover to cover. It was a sewing epiphany for me. Under the guise of teaching my kindergartner to sew, I could conquer my fear of sewing.

This book is intended to teach kids ages 3 and older to sew, not for parents to try to make all of their kids' clothing. I wiped the sweat beads from my brow. It's truly genius. The projects are all simple and do not require heavy machinery (to me, that means a sewing machine). The book reviews basic stitching s-l-o-w-l-y so I can understand it.

And, the projects are cute, cool, and definitely a great way to reuse, use up and recreate old items or small pieces of fabric. Thank you, Emma Hardy. I am no longer sewaphobic.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By lizajj on June 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
OK I have never written a review before but I have to say, this is one of the best purchases I have made. I was looking for something to keep my two girls, aged 8.5 and almost 5, away from the TV this summer. We have already done two projects. My older one has very little sewing experience and my little one has none. I have a little. The projects are well explained and illustrated. Both girls are so proud of themselves and have commented several times that they can't believe they are doing this, and it is so much fun. And the results are very cute so far! My older one has made a list of the first 12 projects we are going to do, in order of increasing difficulty. We will certainly get our money's worth from this one and the time we are spending together...priceless! Thanks, Emma Hardy.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Billington on May 29, 2010
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This book is a very beautiful, but its really not what i expected. I expected a book with many easy "teaching" projects for kids 3 and older. The book is more full of projects for girls age 7 and up to do with mum, but not really "teaching skills".

There are not many projects suitable for the 3-7 range, and NOTHING very very simple for a young absolute beginner.

I do like this book, i do like the projects, but i wish that i had bought the winky cherry books
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Emilyann Legrue on February 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My four-year-old daughter loves to create. She loves to draw, trace, and cut things up. She likes to pick out colors, choose her own outfits, and make gifts for people she loves. So when I saw this book, I knew it would make a perfect gift (along with a small sewing basket and a pile of colorful felt) -- and it is!

"Sewing for Children" is full of all the adorable and fun beginner sewing projects I would design if I had the time and talent for it. The projects are well-designed, the instructions are clear, and the photography is very appealing (my daughter flips through the book just to look at the pictures even when she isn't sewing). While the projects are not rated for difficulty, my daughter seems to know which ones she can handle, and each project she has done so far (felt cupcakes, needle case, ladybug pincushion, sock monster, and stuffed mouse) has taught her a new sewing technique (using a pattern, straight stitching, gathering, whip stitching, sewing buttons, stuffing). Many of the projects take advantage of kids' big stitches and can be made with recycled materials (t-shirts, socks) and leftover notions and scraps from Mom's projects.

While there are many projects that even a four-year-old can do, there is still plenty of room to grow with this book, with instructions for embellishing clothes and making hair accessories, dolls and doll clothes, dress-up/costume pieces, and useful items like bags and purses. Each project leaves plenty of room for individual creativity and can provide inspiration for future sewing project ideas.

This book has provided me with a wonderful way to teach my daughter how to sew and -- best of all -- have some delightful one-on-one time together. I look forward to many more hours of sewing and talking together as she grows up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sewing Mom on February 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is my first review I have ever written. As a busy Mom, I don't normally have time. But, I was so impressed with this book I felt that I needed to give it a 'shout out'. I have been teaching my 4 year old son how to sew for almost a year now and have been running out of projects to do with him. I got this book for his birthday and it was so rewarding sitting down with him and planning his very own projects out of his very own book. We are so excited about making the cowboy horse for his friend's birthday present. And he can't wait to make the doll for his little sister. The projects are very easy but also very interesting. I am a fairly experienced sewer and I even came up with some great ideas from this book. I also love that the book focuses on repurposing and gives great ways to expand each project. Lastly, I love that the book has both girl and boy projects in varying levels. I think that this will end up being a great book for my daughter as she gets older. I look forward to getting a lot of wear out of this purchase for many years!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lrn4Lf on December 22, 2010
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My 6 year old daughter likes sewing. She has done small, not very precise projects. So doing the projects in the book was her next step, creating something that required more precision. She wanted to make the dolls on the cover first. She did one and I did one (for her 2 year old sister). The project is all hand sewn, with embroidery floss. We got nice wool felt for the project (my daughter loved picking out the colors and fabric). The dolls turned out so cute and my daughter was so proud of herself. I ended up using a machine to make the clothes since she was tired by that time. We made both dolls and all the clothes in one weekend. This is a great book and nice project to do together. We haven't done any of the other projects yet, it looks like there are a few other projects we will do.
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