Books   

Elegant Stitches carries an 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 divided our most popular books into several general interest categories. Click on a category to view the titles pertaining to that subject. Of course, many of these books cover a variety of interests so try several different categories. Books on dolls can be found on our DOLLS page.

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Miscellaneous 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

$30.00

 

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

$20.00

 

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 XS-XXL
Soft-cover, 117 pages

$30.00

 

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

$18.00

 

Patternless Sewing
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

$25.00

 

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 personalized gifts

Soft-cover, 96 pages

$25.00

 

Stitching Handbook for Kids
by Kristin Nicholas
Give your young designer the gift of learning how to embroider and personalize almost anything. From the basics of traditional needlepoint to the skills of free-form embroidery, this book encourages kids to unplug from technology and plug into a calming, creative outlet instead. Fifteen projects run the gamut from pillows to phone carrying cases to backpack tags; the variety of stitches to use on them ensures that kids will be entertained for hours.
Soft-cover, 126 pages

$17.00

 

Dresses For Every Occasion
By BurdaStyle
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 the patterns.
128 page hard cover book

$30.00

 

Wardrobe Essentials
By BurdaStyle
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

$30.00

 

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

$25.00

 

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.
359 page  soft cover book
  $ 33.00

 

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.
64 page  soft cover book
  $ 13.00

 

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.
128 page  soft cover book
  $ 23.00

 

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. 
$29.00

 

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
  $23.00

 

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.

$ 25.00

 

Clearance
Sew Tina!
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

 Was $25.00 Now $10.00

 

Heartfelt Giving
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.

$27.98

 

Decorating Sewlutions
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.

$ 27.00

 

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.

$ 24.99

 

 

GENERAL SEWING AND SERGING

 

Stitch Savvy
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.

$ 25.00

 

Singer Complete Photo Guide to Sewing

The ULTIMATE step-by-step sewing reference great for beginners and seasonal sewers, too. 
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, and napkins.
352 page soft cover book.

$ 28.98

 

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.

$ 27.00

 

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.
$39.00

 

                               

 

CHILDREN'S CLOTHES CONSTRUCTION

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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

$25.00

 

 

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

$17.00

 

 

 

    

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Miscellaneous Books Children's Clothes Construction Books
General Sewing and Serging Machine Embroidery Books
Smocking Books Heirloom Sewing Books
Appliqué Books A-Z Books (Australian Publications)
General Embroidery Books Quilting Books
Silk Ribbon Embroidery Books Doll Clothes Books

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