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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.
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So if you are and like to make some cute things for your kids, this is a good beginning.
I have recently finished the teepee tent and I am very pleased with the result.
I wished the book would contain a bit more room decoration for children.
Or a bit more modern inspiration on color and fabric combinations. The fabrics and colors used in this book are a bit old fashioned.
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.