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extensive selection of books on a variety of sewing subjects. These books are a great
source for instruction and inspiration. To make your browsing a little easier we have
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category to view the titles pertaining to that subject. Of course, many of these books
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Sew Many Dresses Sew Little Time
by Tanya Whelan
With her "choose-your-own-adventure" approach
to sewing, Tanya Whelan offers an invaluable collection of patterns that
empowers sewers to become designers. The trick is a set of patterns for 6
skirts and 8 bodices that line up perfectly at the waist, plus an additional
4 sleeve styles and 4 necklines. Tanya gives readers clear instructions and
easy-to-follow step-by-step diagrams that allow them to use the enclosed
pattern pieces to create up to 219 fitted dresses, including simple
strapless designs, sheaths, and halter gowns. The book covers basic dress
construction and altering techniques for women of all shapes and sizes.
Soft-cover, 207 pages
Sewing For Babies and Children
by Laura Strutt
With simple sewing techniques, beautiful
fabrics and stunning details, Laura Strutt’s designs are irresistible. For
young babies there’s a jersey romper suit, slouchy leggings and a top-knot
hat. There’s a gorgeous Peter Pan collar dress, perfect for parties and
special occasions, denim dungarees for playtimes and adorable kimono-style
pajamas to wrap little ones in for bedtime. Accessories include a hooded
towel set to dry your squeaky-clean infant after their bath, handy triangle
bibs for teething tots and a delightful rabbit in a quilted sleeping bag.
Whether you’re looking for a gift for a new baby or want to make unique
clothes for your own child, Laura’s patterns are guaranteed to stand out
from the crowd.
25 designs for clothes & accessories for ages 0-5
Soft-cover, 128 pages
The Tunic Bible
by Sarah Gunn & Julie Starr
It's the only tunic pattern you'll ever need!
A graded bodice pattern with alternate neck plackets, collars, and sleeves
provides a variety of unique, ready-to-wear fashions. From everyday casual
to preppy chic, boho, or glamorous, you'll find the look that's right for
you. Well respected in the sewing industry for their pattern reviews and
online garment challenges, Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr make the tunic
accessible and exciting for those with basic sewing skills and beyond. Sizes
Soft-cover, 117 pages
The Best of Sewing Machine Fun for Kids
by Lynda Milligan & Nancy Smith
Teach children to sew on a machine with 14
kid-friendly projects. With games, puzzles, skill builders, and safety tips,
this updated 2nd edition helps kids practice what they've learned.
Soft-cover, 127 pages
by Patty Prann Young
Sew a complete wardrobe without the hassle of
pricey paper patterns! Learn to properly measure, cut, and sew for a
fabulous fit every time. From a maxi skirt to a shirred blouse and even a
raincoat, these projects are ideal for beginning sewists and women and girls
of all sizes. Customize looks with a variety of pockets, belts, and hem
bands. This entire collection costs less than a few tissue-paper patterns!
24 garment for women & girls
Soft-cover, 143 pages
Sew Many Gifts
by Karen Burns
Quick and easy, bright and delightful--these
are gifts you'll love to make and give! Whether it's for a birthday,
anniversary, home warming, or "just because," you'll want to make these
thrifty and nifty gifts for every special occasion!
Featuring a wide variety of cheerful and colorful projects, including home
decor, bags, wearables, and more. Fun, functional, and fast gifts to
give or keep, with appealing designs for adults and youngsters. Easily
customize each project with favorite colors and fabric patterns for truly
Soft-cover, 96 pages
Dresses For Every Occasion
Build your wardrobe with the latest fashion styles
found only from Burda patterns. BurdaStyle Modern Sewing: Dresses for
Every Occasion includes 25 projects from the archives of BurdaStyle
magazine. All of the must-have essentials of a woman's dress wardrobe are
covered in this collection: everything from elegant and sophisticated
dresses to casual and comfortable shifts. The fashion styles are versatile
and wearable, including flirty halter tops, easygoing pullover styles,
retro-remakes, and formfitting classics. The Burda patterns also include
skirt and jacket separates for formal occasions that further expand the
possibilities for the modern woman's wardrobe. Several of the projects
include illustrated step-by-step tutorials. With a few exceptions, all of
the projects are easy to intermediate, and sizes range from 2 to 14.
Although this book is not meant to be a primer on sewing, it includes a
Burda 101 section that covers everything the reader needs to know to follow
128 page hard cover book
Build your wardrobe with must-have modern basics from
the premier name in fashion sewing--BurdaStyle. BurdaStyle is a
legendary brand that focuses on the fashionable and high-style sewing
marketplace. Sewists know the BurdaStyle name and its reputation for
high-quality sewing patterns. BurdaStyle Modern Sewing: Wardrobe Essentials
includes 21 projects from the archives of BurdaStyle magazine. All of
the must-have basics of a woman's wardrobe are covered in this collection:
jackets, pants, blouses, skirts, and dresses. The designs include versatile
separates as well as combinations that further expand the possibilities for
the modern woman's wardrobe. In addition to the 21 sewing patterns, there
are 9 variations. Many of the projects include illustrated step-by-step
tutorials. Most of the projects are easy to intermediate, and sizes range
from 2 to 14. Wardrobe Essentials includes a Burda 101 section that covers
everything the reader needs to know to follow the patterns.
125 page hard cover book
The Refashion Handbook
By Beth Huntington
Take secondhand finds from frumpy to fabulous with a
little help from Beth Huntington, a.k.a. the Renegade Seamstress. The
Refashion Handbook contains 19 stylish projects, each showing
you how to transform easy-to-find items into a better fit, a new design,
or a radical makeover. Learn the basics of refashioning: how to measure,
reshape, fit, and finish a garment, so it fits you perfectly. Plus size?
Petite? No problem! Beth’s designs flatter a wide variety of sizes and
body types. Her easy techniques are fun for even beginning sewists. You’ll
love creating your own secondhand chic!
127 page soft cover book
Little One Yard Wonders
by Rebecca Yaker
This newest addition to the best-selling One-Yard Wonders
series features 101 delightful projects for babies and kids, each using just
one yard of fabric and many requiring just a few hours to complete.
Step-by-step illustrated instructions, beautiful close-up photographs, and
pattern pieces included in a bound-in envelope make it easy and fun to
create all kinds of adorable items, including the Merry-Go-Round Dress, the
Ruffle Romper, the Western Shirt, and the Secret Monster Overalls. From tops
and caps to play mats, pillows, and plushies, this book overflows with
creative clothes, accessories, toys, and furnishings for little ones from
newborn to elementary-school age. Whether you're furnishing your nursery,
making new clothes for a growing child, or creating a unique gift for a baby
shower, this collection has the perfect project for you.
soft cover book
Children's Sun Hats
by Gill Stratton
Hat maker Gill Stratton's children would not wear sun hats;
so she found some fabulous fabrics; let them choose their favorites; and
designed sun hats for them that they were happy to wear. Here she has
designed twenty fantastic sun hats for boys; girls and babies. There are
even some recycled hats made from old clothes. All the hats are easy to make
with only simple sewing skills and a basic machine. There are easy to
follow; step-by-step instructions; and all the template are provided.
soft cover book
Me & My Sewing Adventure
by Kate Haxell
Advance your skills in garment, home dec, and accessory
sewing with this practical teaching guide, Simple (foolproof!) instructions
and helpful photographs make it easy to learn challenging techniques.
Bonus! 6 projects put the lessons to work. After learning the basics
in Me & My Sewing Machine, you can now graduate to more sophisticated
techniques in this follow-up book, Me & My Sewing Adventure. With her
characteristic clarity and easy-to-follow instructions, author Kate Haxell
guides you through the challenges and nuances of professional finishes,
fabric manipulation, specialty seams, pattern construction, and much more.
Once you master these skills, you’ll approach any sewing endeavor with a
newfound confidence and ease. The book includes an inspiring, historical
overview of vintage machines to complete your sewing education.
soft cover book
Sewing For A Royal Baby
Editors of Sew Beautiful Magazine
Sewing for a Royal Baby allows new mothers and grandmothers to create a
royal wardrobe for their new little one using the complete patterns and
instructions provided with the book and accompanying CD. The patterns are
sized differently according to the style, but the gowns start at newborn and
go up to 18 months. The bubble goes up to 24 months. Toddler dresses go up
to size 4 and the boys' pieces go up to size 3. The companion CD
contains all of the project patterns plus two additional slip patterns, the
complete Vintage Royal Alphabet machine embroidery template, and most of the
embroidery designs (hand and machine) in the book, as well as some appliqué
designs, and technique descriptions.
Celebrate with A Stitch
by Mandy Shaw
Over 20 stylish projects featuring Mandy Shaw's unique motifs for births,
birthdays, weddings, Christmas and other celebrations. Features bunting and
pennant designs that can be adapted to suit any occasion. Perfect for all
abilities, with clear step-by-step instructions and stitch diagrams for both
right and left handers.
126 page soft cover book
Sew What You Love
by Tanya Whelan
30 surprisingly simple—yet delightfully charming—sewing projects
Grand Revival designer Tanya Whelan’s vintage modern aesthetic has made her
fabrics and sewing patterns some of the most admired by sewers and quilters
everywhere. In her first book, she presents a stylish collection of 30
easy-to-make sewing projects that are achievable by sewers of every skill
level. Ranging from a pretty pleated clutch to a flirty French-inspired day
dress and super-cute soft baby toys to a mistake-proof design-as-you-go
quilt, each project comes with step-by-step instructions and illustrations,
inspiring photographs, and helpful tips. These projects and patterns for
children, adults, and the home are guaranteed to work well and produce a
beautiful end result. Included are 3 pattern sheets enclosed in a handy
pocket, providing everything you need to start stitching something you are
sure to love.
152 page hard cover book.
by Tina Givens
Star fabric and pattern designer Tina Givens offers up her singular designs
and unique color palette to stitchers looking for patterns for children.
Embellished with Givens's own vibrant watercolor illustrations, and
showcasing her strikingly original fabrics, this multifaceted volume
includes garments, accessories, and home décor. More than 30 projects range
from a dreamy bed canopy and whimsical mobile to comfy lounge suits and
delightful dresses. With a section on techniques, even beginners will
quickly master the patterns.
144 page spiral book with full size pull-out pattern insert
by Marie Osmond
Enjoy the fun of quiltmaking in the delightful company of Marie Osmond!
Marie learned to sew at an early age, as you'll see in a rare look at some
of her favorite childhood photos. She continues to share her love of
quilting and sewing by making treasured gifts for family and friends. You'll
find exquisite photos and step-by-step instructions for more than 25
projects, including her "Paper Roses" quilt, bags, aprons, and gifts for
babies, teens, friends, and even pets.
112 page Hard cover book.
Learn to Sew as you Decorate Your Home
by Donna Babylon
Your home is not just a reflection
of who you are – it’s a declaration! Does the idea of sewing scare you
stitchless? Have the demons of decorating zapped your creativity? It's time
to take charge and chase away those fears. This book is here to help!
Never before has so much practical decorating advice and sewing know-how
been assembled in one place. Best of all, you need only three simple sewing
techniques to make all the projects in this book. These techniques are
described through easy, illustrated, step-by-step instructions to ensure
success. Any of the projects will make a powerful decorating statement in
your room. So jump right in and kiss that "I don't know how to sew" excuse
goodbye! This book isn't just for scared-silly beginners--it's also
perfect for decorating divas and DIYers. You'll learn: tested
decorating tips and sewing techniques from an industry insider, proven
methods to make over 100 projects, surefire strategies to customize projects
to make them your own, the secrets behind letting the fabric do most of the
work for you
Softcover 126 pages.
Sweet Nursery Chic
by Susan Cousineau
10 irresistible themes that feature friendly frogs, posh poodles, blushing
bunnies, funky monkeys and more! A detailed techniques section with clear
and easy instructions for sewing the projects, including tutorials on
fusible web applique, choosing fabrics and color schemes, and personalizing
your creations to fit your own unique style. Tips for planning the perfect
baby shower, from preparing themed foods and decor, to displaying and
wrapping shower gifts. A full-scale bound-in pattern insert to complete
projects with accuracy and ease. Now it's easy to design the nursery of your
dreams with whimsical quilts, pillows, blankets, bibs and wall hangings that
will transform your child's room into a magical playground.
127 page hard cover book.
SEWING AND SERGING
by Deborah Moebes
In Stitch Savvy, there are 5 tracks (home decor, handbags, kids' items,
quilting and clothing), and each track has 5 projects that start simple and
build up your skills. But wait, there's more! Cross-referenced techniques
allow you to skip around and explore certain skills. (You loved the box
pleats in the Sashiko curtains? Check out the A-line skirt with the
peek-a-boo pleat!) So customize your sewing education! Work your
way through all the Home Decor projects--from simple to more advanced.
Want to ease into sewing? Start with the Level 1 projects in each track.
Love piping? Jump from track to track to explore all the ways you can use
piping. This book is designed specifically to allow you to grow your
skills, pursue projects you crave and test the waters outside your comfort
zone--and make some seriously cute projects as you do. BONUS CD
includes 13 PDF patterns for apparel, accessories and home decor, quilting
guides and more!
244 page hard cover book with bonus CD.
Singer Complete Photo Guide to Sewing
The ULTIMATE step-by-step sewing reference great for beginners and seasonal
Over 1,200 photographs and experts instructions teach you all the basics for
both fashion sewing and home décor projects.
For fashion sewing: Choose the right notions and sewing equipment for
your projects. Get professional advice about sewing with different
fabrics. Understand how to use commercial patterns. Learn sewing
techniques for both conventional machines and sergers. Study details
about every step of garment construction. For home décor sewing:
Learn how to choose and sew with decorator fabrics. Make pillows in
five basic styles. Sew curtains, shades, and top treatments and
install them with confidence. Give your furniture new life with
slipcovers. Save money by sewing duvet covers and pillow shams for the
bedroom. Spiff up your table décor with new tablecloths, placements,
352 page soft cover book.
Sew Simple Guide to Easy Sewing & Embellishing
by editors of Sew News
Just learning to sew? Or ready for a refresher course? Have at your
fingertips basic construction terms, techniques, and tips that make sewing
at home a joy. Master sewing basics such as marking, cutting,
gathering, shirring, piping, facing, boxing, binding, sewing zippers, and
much more. Learn a variety of methods for embellishing fabric, such as
embroidery, couching, fusible appliqué, and needle felting; find excellent
photos and illustrations. Work with specialty fabrics--including
fleece, knits, and nylon--as well as leather
96 page soft cover book.
Heirloom Sewing by Serger DVD
with Martha Pullen & Kathy McMakin
Do you love heirloom sewing and serger
sewing? Why not combine the two, making heirloom sewing twice as fast. You
will learn about appropriate trims for heirloom serging as well as the
importance of needle placement when serging. This DVD will unveil serger
techniques you never thought possible.
CHILDREN'S CLOTHES CONSTRUCTION
Building Block Dress: A Sewing Pattern Alteration Guide
by Oliver + S
Imagine it. Make it! You don’t need to be a designer or
pattern maker to create and sew the dress of your dreams. Let Liesl Gibson
teach you how to alter the elements of a pattern to make exactly the dress
you imagine. With the included Building Block Dress pattern (sizes 6m–12)
and Liesl’s detailed pattern alternation instructions, you’ll learn how to
create almost any dress you can imagine. Use the skills you learn in this
book to customize other patterns as well. With these techniques, you’ll look
at sewing patterns as just the starting point for your creative expression.
Featuring inspiring photographs of eighteen different dress styles made with
the techniques presented here, the book includes a full-size pattern sheet
for the basic Building Block Dress.
Soft-cover, 152 pages
Ideas from Children's Corner
by Lezette Thomason
The projects in this book are designed to be used with the noted Children's
Corner patterns. We think they will add an up-to-date look to your
child's wardrobe. The instructions included in the patterns will be
needed along with the instructions included in this book for each project
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