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

 Sew Baby
by Debbie Shore
Have fun sewing for baby with Debbie Shore's new book! Book includes 20 projects a mix of fun play items and must-have practical items for the baby or tot in your life.
Soft-cover, 96 pages



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



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



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



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.
359 page  soft cover book
  $ 33.00


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


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.

$ 25.00


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.

Was $27.98 Now $5.00


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.

Was $ 27.00 Now $8.00





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.





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






  Our Library

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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