Sunday, March 3, 2019

~ MMGM SEW WITH ME ~

~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE
MONDAY NON-FICTION FEATURE ~
--  'SEW WITH ME:  60 Fun & Easy Projects
to Make Your Own Fabulous Decor and Accessories'  --
AUTHOR BRANDY NELSON

 


ABOUT THE BOOK {from Goodreads}:

Want something your kids can create on their own? Sew With Me teaches kids how to be creative with fabric while honing in a lifelong skill.


Geared towards kids, or kids who might need a little help from mom, you can use both hand sewing and machines with your kids to make fantastic sewing projects that they will enjoy creating and using. Fully customizable, these unique sewing projects will give little ones pride in making something, keep them busy for hours and help them tune their fine motor skills. The best part? They can use them later on or give them as gifts!

Projects will be broken down into three categories: kids only, kids (with a little help from mom) and advanced sewers, so kids of all ages and sewing levels can enjoy! Projects include reading pillows, pincushions, sleep masks, cat toys, bookmarks, wall hangings, gift bags, hoop art, felt purses and coasters.

This book will feature 60 projects and 75 photos.


MY THOUGHTS:

This book caught my eye on the new books shelf in the children's section of my local public library because the cover and title are just so engaging! {In all fairness, I should tell you that any book about sewing catches my eye!} 😊

One of the highlights of this book, in my opinion, is that it includes both hand-stitched and machine-stitched projects. By providing both types of projects, learners are able to choose a project designed for their own skill level. Another helpful element of each set of project instructions is a numerical rating of the sewing level for said project, with Level 1 being the easiest and moving upward in difficulty to Level 3. The skill requirements of each level are described in the Introduction.

Ideas for building a sewing kit, hand-embroidery stitches, and sewing machine safety are included in the early section of the book.

The projects are well organized into chapter groups including: Sew-Phisticated Gifts to Make, Creative Knick Knacks in a Stitch, Holiday Crafts in a Snap, and Cute as a Button Accessories. Each chapter includes a variety of colorful, useful, appealing projects. Templates for some of the projects are found in the back of the book.

Each project includes a detailed set of instructions including a materials list, detailed chronological instructions, sidebar notes, and stepped-out color photos. My favorite projects in the book include the: Message Pillow, Apple Gift-Card Holder, Fishing Toy for Cats, Animal Sleep Masks, Watermelon Tote, Tear-Apart Valentine Candy Pouches, Bunny Bags, Black Cat Beanbag, and Gingerbread Man Softie.

Highly-recommended for teachers, parent/grandparents, scout/youth group/4-H leaders, librarians, and learners of any age who would like to learn to sew and/or who want to make some delightful projects for gifts or charity!

I borrowed this book from the local public library.

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6 comments:

  1. Hi June. This sounds like a great book for kids. They need to learn skills like this. I'm not even sure if they have home-ec in schools any more.

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  2. I would have enjoyed this book as a child. Kids love creating gifts for others. I like there are different levels, as not every parent owns a sewing machine. I learned to sew as a child -- both my grandmother mother sewed everything and I learned a lot from them. Fun book.

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  3. Great selection for this week's MMGM. I think most kids are willing to give sewing a try if given the proper direction. This book would be the perfect place to start.

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  4. I'd like to see more kids appreciate the art of sewing.

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  5. Sounds like something I could use now and definitely when I was brownie leader eons ago.

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  6. I like books like this. It's especially nice that it has both hand- and machine-sewn projects. Thanks for the review.

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