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Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make Spiral-bound – November 27, 2010
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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.
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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Enter this book. Not only is it full of beautiful photographs that help teach sewing steps, I was pleased to see how many boys were included in the photographs--sewing just like their female counterparts. The projects are fun and intrigue both girls and boys. My son absolutely loves this book! It is wonderfully written amd photographed. I highly recommend it!