A slightly different post for this weeks Fabric Friday as I've been busy sewing with my daughters the past few weeks. We were very lucky to be sent a copy of 'Sewing For Children' by Emma Hardy to try out and review during the summer holidays. My daughters love making and creating so were thrilled to have the chance to make new things and spend some time with me sewing. My daughters are 10, 8 and 4 and a half years old, so their sewing skills are very varied! But this did not put us off and they had soon planned which things they wanted to make.
Sewing For Children is a fantastic book for any child wanting to start sewing. Although the makes are aimed at girls there are some fantastic t-shirt creatures, sock monsters and finger puppets that boys would love to make. The book is divided into five chapters, 'Animals and Other Creatures', 'Pretty Playthings', 'Fashion Fun', 'Bags, Bits and Bedroom Bits n Pieces' and 'Dressing Up Time'. Each chapter has several projects that can easily be made following the clear instructions. One thing we all loved about this book was that each project had plenty of photographs of the different steps so my older two daughters often used the images to work out what they needed to do next before reading the instructions to double check. Towards the end of the book there are clear explanations of techniques and instructions for different stitches. There are also all the patterns/templates you will need to create all the projects.
Lucy has been busy making felt flower hairbands and adapted the felt flowers on a bag to make hairclips. She has also made a selection of felt fairy cakes for Kitty to play with in the playhouse and has plans to make drawstring bags for her bedroom. Amber and Kitty were very excited to make the felt cat bag and Kitty wanted to try sewing it herself. However I did sew the face for her but she then managed to sew the two main pieces together after I drew a line for her to follow. They now have plans to make the ragdolls, complete with various sets of clothes. All three want to make sock monsters too but Drew is concerned about socks disappearing from his sock drawer!
I will now share with you Lucy's review of the book.
I liked Sewing For Children because the instructions weren't too confusing and they didn't take too long. The steps were easy to follow, you didn't have to read since there were pictures to follow! There was lots of things I liked especially the bag decorations tha can make beautiful hairclips and hairbands.
Sewing For Children would make a fabulous gift for a child aswell as being a bookshelf essential for rainy chilly Sunday afternoons. There is nothing better than spending winter afternoons cosied up sewing with my daughters.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend,
Sewing For Children by Emma Hardy