Book Review + Giveaway: Sewing School

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I love crafting with kids and this new book, Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make gets me really excited for sewing with kids! It’s a book that’s perfect for the upcoming rainy and snowy days when you’re stuck indoors with your bored little ones. Authors Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle bring their experience running a children’s sewing camp to the 21 projects featured in this book such as small bags, plush dolls, clothing and more. All the projects are kid-tested and most of them don’t require the use of a sewing machine, just simple hand stitches. I love that the projects in the book feature kids from the final project photo to the little hands and fingers in each of the step by step photos. The spiral bound book also includes a packet of templates and patterns in the front pocket. Sewing School will also make a great holiday gift for your kids.
Book Giveaway Time!
Three lucky CRAFT readers will each receive a copy of the book, Sewing School. Just tell us why you would like this book in the comments. All comments will be closed by 5pm PST on Wednesday, December 8, 2010. The lucky winners will be announced later on the site. Good luck!

150 thoughts on “Book Review + Giveaway: Sewing School

  1. laurenjfrederick says:

    I would love to take these projects on myself…make gifts for my friends kids…and then teach them how to do it!! New to sewing…and addicted already.

  2. dkelewae says:

    I’m a newby seamstress, and I have a 14 yr old granddaughter that I’d love to make projects with. This would be a wonderful book for us to learn together!

  3. Amy says:

    I have always done crafts with my children but I have not tackled any sewing projects with them. We would LOVE this book! We have a long winter ahead of us and it would help to have a book filled with great projects & instructions. I hope that we win a copy! :)

  4. tauryism says:

    I volunteer in a waldorf inspired school doing craft projects with several classes including my daughters.
    I’d love to learn some techniques & projects that are easy to introduce to kids. I’ve been doing felting with them for years but would like to do more sewing projects. My 6 year old is just starting to sew and I know she would really love to learn more. I need help know how to explain it as sewing is not my strong suit and I’d love to learn with them too. Or at least learn it and then show them after.

  5. kel says:

    My Daughter has just discovered the art of sewing and she would love this book. Also I could use a refresher.

  6. says:

    Planning on buying him a set of kids’ knitting needles this year … but he’d love make something on the sewing machine with me too! Looking for some sweet inspiration!

  7. Lindakut says:

    My daughter has been asking for an age appropriate project! This sounds like just the book we need! Pick me, pick me! :)

  8. Julie of GA says:

    I have been asked many times to teach small groups to sew but I am not sure where to start. I have also found when working with my daughter that I assume she knows thing because I have been sewing for over 30 years. This would really help me help raise another generation of sewing fanatics.

  9. Heather says:

    I would LOVE this book even for the ideas of what to make for kids that they would like. In addition, it would be fun to try out these projects with my wee neighbour kids and maybe … someday … my own currently unconceived grandchildren.

  10. Heather says:

    I can think of several children in my life who would love to try some projects with me. Of course, I might well like to try these myself!

  11. sdot says:

    Most of the time my Moo (9 years) asks me what are we going to make today and we have a look through my books for inspiration. This time I can say to her “Moo what shall we make today?” and she’ll be able to look through her own book!! YAY…
    xo Steph

  12. Jixolet says:

    I would use this book as a tool for crafts for my playgroup and encourage the moms to be creative with their children.
    This gift would not go wasted!

  13. Sezouli says:

    I’d love to have this book for myself. I figure if it’s meant for children, I can probably swing it!

  14. aolivier says:

    I want to start a sewing class for kindergarteners at my son’s school and this looks like the perfect place to start.

  15. ponderonit1 says:

    I have 7 grandkids all within 3 miles of me. They love to make things and sewing is one of my loves. I bought the oldest one a sewing machine last year for Christmas, so I’d love to win because it would give me some great ideas of sewing projects to do with them.

  16. Laura says:

    I think this book could be very handy in entertaining my 3 kiddies during their 6 week school holiday. Sure it is Summer {I’m in Australia}…..but with the amount of rainy days we are having I need a good entertainment option for ALL those wet days stuck inside!

  17. kristilou says:

    Would love to have this book to help keep me busy during LONG Wisconsin winters with my daughter when we’re cooped up indoors!

  18. Betsy says:

    She’s a beginner and new projects are always fun!

  19. Danielle says:

    I have two small children and want to get them sewing at a young age. I just know that this will help me instruct them in the best way I can :)

  20. Erika says:

    Ooooh, I would love to win this book! My daughter is 10 years old and learned to sew by hand last year and this summer, I bought her a sewing machine of her own and she’s been making her own clothes and gifts for friends. I know she and I would get a ton of use out of this book!

  21. nancyhtravis says:

    My 7 year old just got a gift certificate for 2 sewing classes for her birthday. I grew up sewing and would love her to learn early as well! I think she and I would have great fun doing it together.

  22. Sue says:

    I would love this book so that I can teach my child the value of knowing how to sew and encourage creativity as well.

  23. sratliff says:

    My kids are always climbing on me while I sew and want to help. Seems that I am always making gifts and a family sewing book would give us a reason to do something for ourselves!

  24. artteach7 says:

    I have a 6 year old who has become obsessed with learning to sew. I so enjoy sharing my new-found passion with her, and this book looks right up our alley! I am so thrilled to be able to share so much with her.

  25. mentalseamster says:

    My niece would to work on these projects

  26. TanyaJS says:

    I just suggested a sewing kit for my 7 year old for Xmas. This would be the perfect book to go in it!

  27. sylvita says:

    I have a niece on the way (due in March) and I can’t wait to be able to start teaching her to be an awesome, self-sufficient, DIY-er. I’m already working on lots of stuffed animals to give her and spark her interest in all things handmade.

  28. Sav O'G says:

    OhHH! I would LOVE to win because I love teaching kids how to sew and craft! LOVE the front cover–super cute! Thanks for the chance to win!
    sbmmhoover {at} yahoo {dot} com

  29. Sav O'G says:

    I would love to win! I love teaching kids how to sew and craft! I love that front cover–super cute:) Thanks for the chance to win!
    sbmmhoover {at} yahoo {dot} com
    **NOTE:: I am sorry if this is a repeat comment–it stated that there was an error when I tried to comment before!

  30. Meghan says:

    I would LOVE to win this book for my sister for Christmas. She is 9 and always wants to craft like her big sis.

  31. sreneedesigns says:

    I would totally love to have this book, adding it to my wishlist now!

  32. lowen says:

    I would love to have this book for ideas of projects to make with my great nieces

  33. Bonnie says:

    My making-mad daughter would love to know more about sewing.

  34. says:

    I would love to have a go with this book. I have two daughters at home, one homeschooling. Even the youngest enjoys stitching. It would be nice for them to see a book geared towards kids, with things they are able to make.

  35. e.martinez says:

    I have a daughter that I would love for her to have this book so she can start learning. Thank you.!

  36. fakesweatshop says:

    yup, me too! i love books + crafting, so a rad ass book on crafting for kids looks super fun + amazing. i teach classes (for children + adults) at the library, and other venues, on how to make your own handmade plush toys. it’s so fun + very inspiring.
    book love!

  37. Cnkcnk says:

    I’d love to try some of theses with my students, they love projects!!!

  38. LynnW says:

    Just what I need to keep my grand-daughter busy(and her mom!).

  39. says:

    I have a very crafty niece who would loooove this book! Perfect gift!
    Camila F.

  40. says:

    My little girl will turn 2 in two weeks, so way to small for this projects, but I always have loved to make things with (or for) kids: nieces, nephews, friends and so on…
    And I love to get new ideas and get inspired, so, yes I would really win this book!!!

  41. Amanda B says:

    I love making gifts for family and friends, and I would love to have this book to be able to make some great gifts from it. I would also love to teach my little sister how to sew! Thank you for this great giveaway!

  42. Melmelon says:

    ..but its already on The List of the One Thing I Plan to Buy for my beasts for giftmas!! maybe you want to save me the amazon bill? or not…i’m most definitely buying it anyway…its a great book!!

  43. loura says:

    I have three granddaughters who would love this book!

  44. Erin Nichols says:

    Forget the kids, this sounds like the perfect book for a craft newbie such as myself :)

  45. betsyann says:

    My daughter would LOVE this.

  46. loura says:

    My 3 grand daughters and I would love to do the projects in this book together!

  47. loura says:

    would love this book

  48. PCaldwell says:

    My 11 yr old daughter Mara loves to create! You can often find her down in our basement, making something cool out of various materials she has gathered up! She wants to learn to sew and it would be great if she could gain confidence by learning to do so independently! This book seems like just the thing to help her launch her imagination!

  49. simnsez says:

    I’m so excited about this book. My daughters have just started showing real interest in learning how to sew and I have been looking to find easy but cool projects for them to work on. This is the PERFECT book! I so would love to win this giveaway!

  50. simnsez says:

    My daughters (11 and 13) have just started sewing and this book would be perfect for teaching them! I would love to win this giveaway!

  51. ~Heather says:

    I love new projects that I can do with my little lads.

  52. HoneyB says:

    We just finished our new house in which we have made a large kitchen to accommodate teaching classes! This would help so much to give me direction. We live out in the country and are looking for ways to be more community minded! Thanks and blessings!

  53. jalphaiv says:

    My little guy is just getting to the age where he would really enjoy some of the crafts in this book!

  54. Meme says:

    This book looks fresh and exciting. I am a teacher of sewing having my own studio Studio Stitch.
    I teach children as young as six years old to sew and would love to use this book in my sewing school. I teach 30 plus children and parents alike each week in small classes of 4. I also do charity sewing for the and would love to use some ideas from the book to benefit children in India and Nicaragua. Thank you!

  55. greeblygreebly says:

    My daughter really wants to learn to sew and I think this book would be a big help. I’m still learning myself so it would be nice to have some direction as far as where to start teaching her!

  56. greeblygreebly says:

    Hee! I know, right? That’s how I finally tackled Knitting, I got the “Kids can Knit” book. Kids’ books are generally more straight forward and don’t make the mistake of assuming you know anything starting out.

  57. mama4jc says:

    My girls have just started wondering about how I’m able to make the simple projects that I make – this would be great to have some idea of how to introduce them to and include in my hobby! :)

  58. equAzioni says:

    oh, that would be a wonderful christmas present for my little boy who love to work side by side with mummy!

  59. GrowingLikeTrees says:

    They’ve been asking to learn to sew for a good while already!

  60. Nadia says:

    I would love to get this book to help me show my daughter how to sew. I really need ideas for safe, cool projects for little fingers and this book looks like it would hit the spot! Thanks for another great giveaway opportunity Craft!

  61. says:

    My oldest son taught himself to sew a few years ago, he could use this book to teach his brothers. :^) My youngest has been doing simple embroidery since the summer, perhaps some of the projects in here would inspire him to move beyond that!

  62. says:

    My youngest son has been doing simple embroidery since the summer, but maybe this would inspire him to move on to more complex projects. My oldest son taught himself to sew 2 years ago, he could use this book to teach him brothers! :^)

  63. meg says:

    My mother and grandmother taught me to sew- I plan to carry on this tradition with my children and would love this book.

  64. shellshok says:

    I’m relearning to sew & my 3 yr old son loves helping figure things out. This would be a great book for us both.

  65. pamlaff says:

    My son is 8 and is just getting into the crafty thing, coming up with crazy projects for himself. This would be great for him to use.

  66. matata says:

    It would be absolute treasure for my 10 year old Ana learning English and sewing at the same time.

  67. Moreena Tiede says:

    My older daughter would love spending her holiday break behind a sewing machine!

  68. Rita says:

    …because I never learned to sew and it looks as though someone as inept as me can learn with this book! I subscribe to Craftzine but I am on the bottom rung of the talented crafters!

  69. Wendyloo4510 says:

    I work with a group of kids at a battered women’s shelter in PHX. Most of the kids that come in there are shy and timid, not very trusting of any new people especially adults. My 17-year old daughter and I work exclusively with the kids ages 7 and up. This group is really into crafty stuff – when one of them finds something that they connect with, they open up and blossom. It is so wonderful to see a smile that hasn’t been there in a LONG time. One 9-year old in particular in our group right now is extremely closed off. She came in August and has not spoken or made eye contact with anyone. When I mentioned we are trying to aquire sewing donations for our group, she actually looked right at me. I am hopeful sewing is going to be the thing that connects with her. So far we only have one place willing to donate craft/sewing items (times are tough!) so this book would be a great addition!
    Thanks for the opportunity!!
    Wendy – Phoenix, AZ

  70. Natalie Zee Drieu says:

    Entering in for Pamela Roland

  71. lindsay says:

    My little cousin would love this book! She is always looking up to me and asking me lots of questions about crafts, this would be an awesome way to encourage her to get into crafting more herself!

  72. PenguinBot says:

    I’d love this to use with my kids as they get older!

  73. Dizydesi says:

    My sister is a new teacher and I’m an obsessed crafter. Would love to enjoy this with her for some sisterly bonding and in turn with her students!

  74. says:

    Oh, all my kids would love this book!

  75. happydaydeadfish says:

    i would love the excuse to pull out the sewing machine!

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