Sunday, July 12, 2020

~ BOOK BLAST KIDS LOVE TO STITCH BOOK 1 ~

~ BOOK BLAST ~

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--  'KIDS LOVE TO STITCH - BOOK 1:
PICNIC PROJECTS'  --
AUTHOR JUNE MCCRARY JACOBS
~Post Includes:  Book Spotlight, Unique Excerpt,
Author Bio & Giveaway~



 
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
As many of you know, I love to sew and design sewing projects. I have been fortunate enough to have over one hundred and twenty of my original sewing projects published in magazines and books and on sewing industry blogs over the past twelve years.

I  learned to sew by hand when I was eight years old. I learned how to sew a button on a scrap of fabric, then I moved on to the running stitch. From there I was able to make doll clothes, doll blankets, stuffed animals, and small gifts for friends and family.

When I was eleven years old I learned how to sew on my Grandma McCrary's 1967 Brother machine. Here's a photo of that machine--I still have it!

 
In junior high and high school I took every sewing class offered. After I graduated from college, I began taking quilting classes. Now I enjoy sewing, quilting, hand-embroidery, and most other needlecraft techniques.

In the autumn of 2019, I began publishing pattern books for sale in the Kindle Store on Amazon. The first six pattern books I wrote were written for adults. My longtime dream has been to write sewing books for children, ages seven to twelve.

This, 'Picnic Projects', book is my first sewing book for children. It was released on July 12th, 2020. 

Here's a little about the book:


The book includes a Glossary, lots of stepped-out photos, and a link for readers to follow to download and print the simple patterns included in the book.

The Projects:

-- Picnic Pouch:  This pouch can be used as a holder for flatware, napkin, etc., at a party or picnic; or it can be used to hold favors such as treats, goodies, party favors, etc.




--  TIC-TAC-TOE Game & Storage Bag:


     


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EXCERPT: 

Welcome to my sewing room! I'm glad you have joined me to stitch up some colorful patriotic projects to use at your indoor or outdoor picnics in the years to come. Project One is a picnic pouch to use to hold your silverware, favors, treats, or snacks at your indoor or outdoor picnic. Project Two is a portable Tic-Tac-Toe game you and your friends and family can play for hours of old-fashioned fun.

In this book you will learn how to make your own patterns, how to cut out your project pieces using a pattern, how to sew using acrylic craft felt, how to sew using a Running Stitch, how to make simple buttonholes, and how to sew a button onto your project.
THIS SAMPLER I MADE SHOWS THE THREE
STITCHES YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS BOOK--
HOW TO SEW USING A RUNNING STITCH
AND HOW TO SEW ON 2-HOLE AND 4-HOLE
BUTTONS.

Please read these tips before you begin working on your projects:

1. Have fun! Don't worry about making your projects look perfect. You are learning a new skill, and getting frustrated will not help you to have fun. Just do your best. You will get better with practice.

2. Be safe! Please be careful when you are using sewing needles, pins, and scissors. These items are sharp and can injure you and your younger siblings or pets if they are left lying around. Clean up your tools when you are finished working on your project so that you can avoid accidents. Do not leave sharp items lying about where pets and/or younger children can reach them.

3. Always ask an adult to help you when you are using sharp scissors or an iron. Ask permission to use anything you find around the house that you want to use to make your project. If you need buttons, thread, embroidery floss, scissors, felt, items for your sewing kit, or anything else, it is best to discuss it with your adult before moving ahead.

4. The first seven chapters of this book will teach you the following skills:

· How to make your own sewing kit;
· How to reuse materials found around the house to keep your costs down when making a new project;
· How to work with acrylic craft felt;
· How to make your own patterns;
· How to cut out project pieces using your patterns;
· How to stay safe while sewing; and
· How to store your project if you do not finish it in one sitting.

5. The next four chapters will teach you how to sew! You will learn:

· How to thread a needle and how to tie a knot in the thread;
· How to sew using the running stitch;
· How to make simple buttonholes; and
· How to sew a button to your project.

TIP: You will want to read all of these chapters a couple of times before you begin sewing on a project. I have included photos which I hope will be helpful to you as you are learning to sew.

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8 comments:

  1. Congrats on your new book, June! It sounds like a fun one for kids.

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  2. Congrats on your new book! This book sounds like a great way to get kids excited to sew, and the projects look adorable! Thanks for sharing about this neat book!

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  3. What a great resource! My niece began sewing as a preteen and never stopped. It's a great skill to have and your book should inspire many. Thanks for featuring on MMGM.

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  4. This reminds me a bit of my favorite- Miss Patch's Learn to Sew Book by none other than Carolyn Meyer! Sewing is a great way to keep kids occupied and productive!

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  5. WOW! Congratulations, June. I would have loved a book like this as a kid. Like you, I learned to sew and do needlework at a young age. I made so many of my own clothes when I began to work. Good luck with your release!

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  6. This looks like a really fun book. It is especially perfect for the times we are in with kids having a lot of time to fill. Good luck with your book release.

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  7. Congrats, June! I learned to sew as a kid and it's been a great skill to have my whole life. I think a lot kids will love this!

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