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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-8–This kid-friendly book opens with a section on sewing supplies and describes the items used to complete the activities. Subsequent chapters discuss fabric and the basics of hand and machine stitching. A labeled illustration of a sewing machine is included. Each of the 12 projects is accompanied by a color photo, step-by-step color illustrations, and a list of supplies needed, which are easily obtainable through recycling or from craft/sewing shops. Projects include a slumber sack, a beach wrap, a zippy pillow, and machine appliqué. Back matter consists of 16 appliqué patterns. Adult help may be needed for machine sewing and ironing. This attractive book has a wide assortment of ideas to spark interest.–Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
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Gr. 4-8. This attractive book in the Kids Can Do It series introduces basic sewing techniques and provides directions for 12 items, including a makeup bag and a skirt made from old jeans. After suggesting supplies for a sewing kit, offering tips on working with fabric, and giving basic instructions for hand sewing and using a sewing machine, Sadler moves on to the projects. Each two- or four-page project section begins with a photo of the finished item and includes a list of supplies,^B step-by-step directions illustrated with colorful drawings, and ideas for project variations. Safety tips appear only in the introductory section on techniques, which, unfortunately, children may skip. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Kids Can Do It
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553376609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553376606
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I got this book as a learning/teaching book for my 5 year old daughter and myself. Every project is simple, but still interesting, like a drawstring t-shirt skirt, pj pants, and cosmetic bag, to name a few. There are no patterns for tops, but perhaps simple top patterns will be included in a later version. Well written (with both metric and inches noted), with plenty of illustrations in a clean format make this book a great self-learning book for a pre-teen as well as novice sewing moms. The book also shows hand-sewing stitches and explains that all projects can be hand-sewn, but will take a little longer. There is basic information regarding the sewing machine, which includes tension, types of stitches, and components.
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My 8 year-old granddaughter asked if I would teach her to sew. I am not gifted with natural teaching abilities, but I told her I would have a go at it this summer once school was out. I needed a book with simple but fun projects that a young girl would want to make. Making something she would have no use for or that was so difficult as to frustrate would only discourage her. The book Simply Sewing is full of easy fun projects that most kids will enjoy doing. A Beach Bag, a simple skirt are a couple of the projects in the book.

My granddaughter is excited to start sewing.
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This is a great book to introduce young people to machine sewing. I especially liked the illustrations that described the parts of the machine. The practice sheets were a great hit with my grandchildren.
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Judy Sadler is great-- I also love her knitting books. I've looked through stacks of library books about sewing and knitting as a novice adult learner, and find that her books contain the clearest instructions, avoid a lot of confusing technical chatter, and jump-start you on sewing or knitting right away without assuming you know terminology and abbreviations. From this book specifically, I have made the pin cushion and the makeup bag (both turned out really cute and looked just like the illustration), and plan to make a few more items. These were my first-ever attempts at using a sewing machine, so I was impressed.

Hope she writes a longer book full of more sewing projects.
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I gave this book to my [...] Grand Daughter along with a sewing machine for her Birthday. It was a great hit! The projects in this book were great and just right for a young girl learning to sew. We both just love this book.
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This is a great little book with big ideas! I teach sewing to kids and have used some of the projects in our classes. I think a good sewer ages 12 and up could independently make some of these on their own!
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My daughter bought two copies (she's 8) and has done multiple projects from it with little to no instruction from me. They're simple, easy, quick, and very rewarding for the beginner. I'm teaching sewing lessons to 9 and 7 year olds and they're loving the pajama pants we're putting together. Highly recommended for kids.
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I brought this book for my 10 year old grand daughter. She found it easy to understand.
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