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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Spi edition (November 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603425780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603425780
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 2-8-These projects were tested by kids between the ages of 5 and 13, and there is no denying their appeal or their ability to instruct and inspire. After learning the basics (threading a needle, knots, simple stitches), beginners can easily dive into the initial projects-a needle holder and pincushion. A ratings system guides intermediate sewers to items that require more skill, like doll clothing and skirts, with plenty of tasks in between that build confidence and experience. Almost everything is hand sewn, with any machine use acknowledged in the "Note for Grown-Ups" sections that identify the steps requiring adult help. The authors have a fun and encouraging writing style, offering tips to personalize projects and breezily stressing that results do not have to be perfect. Also helpful are the practical techniques like repairing rips and holes or replacing buttons. Bright photos add to the enjoyment and provide guidance for the step-by-step instructions. A "Sewing School Dictionary" and "Resource Guide" are included. However, librarians may find that the ebook binding and the attached envelope of patterns will make it difficult to keep everything complete and intact. These features make the book better suited as an excellent gift idea for creative kids or for adults conducting youth-centered group activities.-Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Written by a kindergarten teacher and a journalist who have taught many children to sew, this large-format book offers appealing projects illustrated with color photos of step-by-step directions as well as kids engaged in sewing and showing off work. The opening 12 lessons begin at the very beginning with topics such as threading a needle, knotting the thread, and making a basic running stitch. After covering basic knowledge and skills, the presentation moves on to instructions for fun, easy projects such as making a drawstring tote bag or a “Super Hero Cuff.” Sections on mending clothes and repairing stuffed animals round out the presentation. The book includes a practical introduction for adults, a glossary, a list of recommended blogs, and sources of tools, supplies, and fabrics. Best of all, this practical, attractive sewing book features finished projects that look like they were actually made by children. Grades 3-6. --Carolyn Phelan

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This is a good tool for very young beginning sewers.
Linda W. Wilkinson
We find it to be easy to follow and the instructions are clear - with LOTS of pictures to help.
Gave this to my 8 year old daughter for Christmas and she loves it!

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

247 of 253 people found the following review helpful By BeachBrights VINE VOICE on December 7, 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
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I love books that teach kids and I love books that make kids WANT to learn! This is an excellent "step-by-step" sewing book for kids. My 7 yr old son loved it :)

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91 of 92 people found the following review helpful By CuteEverything TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 20, 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
I grew up sewing, starting with classes when I was eleven and continuing taking them throughout high school. It was such a enjoyable creative pursuit for me, and really built my confidence knowing that I could take a piece of fabric that I had chosen and turn it into a dress that I could wear and feel proud of. I think sewing is a wonderful skill for any child, boy or girl, to feel accomplished as well as being able to make useful and fun items for themselves and their friends and family.

Since sewing schools are not as common nowadays, Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make offers the ability to learn the same skills they would teach at a sewing class all in a book. It also has the added plus that the book is always available to refer back to any time you need it. In Sewing School all the basics of sewing skills are taught with colorful photos, including pictures of real children and their completed works. The book has lots of white space and brief, clear text which makes it very easy to understand. The projects are very simple; it will surprise you how easy it is to make these twenty one projects. And as Grace, age 8, says, "You just need fabric, a needle and some thread."

The book starts with twelve lessons in Sewing School that teach important concepts like needle safety, facts about thread, buttons and fabric and several other tutorials. The rest of the book is separated by project type. The "Hug" area has instructions for making stuffed toys and other cuddly toys. The "Hold Things" section offers projects for wallets and totes, etc., which are great for boys to make also. For making gifts for friends and family, the "Give" chapter has several sweet ideas.
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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Linda Lanese on November 27, 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
Sew School is one of the sweetest and complete books any other amazing gifts for you to give. Storey publishing generously sent me this book for a giveaway and anyone with a young sewer or even if you are a beginning sewer you will enjoy this book. You child will stand up proudly and say "I made it myself". In the back of the book there is sturdy folder to hold the pattern pieces and a 9" measuring ruler on the inside of back cover, too clever!
Teaching kids to sew early is a great way to build confidence, improve fine motor skills, and encourage creativity. Sewing School is a fun, kid-tested, how-to-sew book for ages 5 and up, featuring 21 step-by-step projects to inspire young sewers to create useful, modern objects with minimal adult supervision. This is the perfect resource for families looking for low-cost activities that kids can do at home. Homeschoolers, summer camps, and after-school programs will also find that Sewing School gives children an outlet for their individuality while offering easy-to-understand instructions for confident crafting.
Sewing School starts with introductions of sewing kits, fabric, safety rules, threading, stitching, and patterns. Basic techniques for stuffing, casings, trim, embroidery, and buttons are introduced using step-by-step photos and simple text. One lesson, called Bring Your Project to Life, gives kids creative ideas for making items into their own with personalized embellishments.
The projects in Sewing School fit into six categories: Hug - for easy pillows, stuffies, and more; Hold It!
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201 of 232 people found the following review helpful By mama in cognito on January 21, 2011
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I hate to give a low review about any book. But, I want to offer advice to someone else like me who may be thinking about purchasing this book for their child.
The Good:
*lots of hand sewn projects that can be completed by a young child and are very beginner level friendly.
*Great sewing basics in the intro.
The not so good:
*All the projects are pretty basic. There is not a lot that a child could advance to.
* Most of these projects can be found elsewhere on the web for free: For example instructions for drawing and sewing your own stuffed animal.
*The skills used in this book are 90% hand sewing. There is not a lot of machine projects.

This book is great for: A family who has no sewing background, doesn't want to invest in a machine, and wants to offer their child a very basic foundation before buying another book to further their skills.
This book should be passed by: If the parents already know how to sew, read craft blogs, or want to teach their child machine sewing in addition to hand sewing. Also if the child already knows how to sew items together by hand then this is not the book for them.
Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Anne TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 5, 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
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!
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