Simple Sewing and a book giveaway! {CLOSED}

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Hey, look at that!  I’m back with another blog post this week and this time I’m sharing a brand new book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners.  This fun book is by Katie Lewis of The Red Kitchen and is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn to sew!

SimpleSewingBook1Just like the title suggests, the book is full of projects that are simple and quick to make, even for a beginner.  But before you get to the projects, the book walks you through some important basics, like supplies you need and sewing tips and techniques.

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SimpleSewingBook3I love the variety of projects in the book – you can basically make something for everyone!  Katie does an amazing job of walking you through each project and there is actually a photo for every single step!  I can’t tell you how helpful this is, especially if you’re a visual learner like me.

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The hardest part, honestly, was deciding which project to make.  But I finally decided on the memory game since that’s one I’ve enjoyed playing with my three year old lately.

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These were so fast to sew up!  Instead of using different fabrics, I used this cute animal print fabric that my friend, Sanae, recently sent me.  I knew that Yuki would get a kick out of matching animals.

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Truth is, Yuki doesn’t totally get the concept of Memory just yet, so we usually place all the “cards” face up and play more of a matching game than a memory game.  When she gets a little older, we’ll flip them over.

So once you’ve gotten a handle on the projects in the book, or for those who aren’t necessarily beginners, there is so much room for embellishing and personalizing, like the applique Jessica added to her lunch sack or the necklaces April made from her bows.

Or you can take the techniques you learned in these projects and apply them to something new, like enlarging the memory game pieces to make coasters!  So many possibilities!

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I love that so many of the projects in the book require so little fabric and materials that you might already have at home.  It’s great for using up little scraps of fabric that you’ve been holding onto.  After cutting out my squares for the memory game I had a little bit of fabric left over so I decided to whip up a drawstring bag to hold the game pieces.  This is NOT a project from the book, but there are about a million tutorials online if you’re interested.  It’s actually a great project after you graduate from Simple Sewing (affiliate link).

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And just like that, I have one of Yuki’s Christmas presents all ready to go!

This book would make a great gift for anyone who wants to learn how to sew (including kids)!  You can buy copies at any of these online stores:

Amazon (affiliate link)

Books & Things

OR, you can try and win one!  Giveaway is open to US residents only.  Click link below.

>> CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY <<  {CLOSED}

Good luck and be sure to head over to Sugar Bee Crafts to see what Mandy has sewn up from the book!

*This book was generously given to me for this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.*

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14 thoughts on “Simple Sewing and a book giveaway! {CLOSED}

  1. What a cheerful set of fabric cards! Love when these familiar things get remade in fabric. I haven’t started on my sewing projects yet, still sorting out my home to make space and sticking with needles and yarn for now, but this is definitely a project I think I could manage. I can imagine I’d have just as much fun playing it with it myself! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • It’s true – I never would have thought to make game pieces in fabric, but it makes so much sense! And it makes you wonder what other games you can remake too, and with so much cute fabric to choose from it’s double the fun! 🙂

    • Thanks Lea! I just tried the link and it seems to be working (others have already entered the giveaway) – can you try it again and let me know if it’s still not working for you? It’ll take you to a separate Rafflecopter giveaway page. Hope it works!

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