I love craft and sewing books, my overflowing library at the studio is obvious proof of that! Just before Christmas a fellow sewing studio owner out in Brooklyn, Alexa Ward of Brooklyn Sewcial, had her first book published called “Sewing for Kids” with 30 different machine and hand sewing projects focused on teaching the absolute beginner of sewists and guiding them through more complicated projects, building their confidence along the way.
I was lucky to get a copy of Alexa’s book to review and OH BOY are there some fun projects in there! I love how she touches on many types of projects, from useful pouches to wearable garments and accessories. She organizes the book like a good sewing teacher would, covering the basics and necessary materials and then moving into simple hand sewing projects that increase in difficulty until you break out the brand new sewing machine.
Some of my favorite projects are her pizza pouch (personalize it with toppings or go plain-Jane if that’s your thing!) as well as the upcycled t-shirt with sequin trim. The most difficult project in the book is a duffel bag that I can’t wait to make with my students who come for Summer Camp at the studio!
But this week I went with her super cute Mama and Baby Sloth Keychain project to cover as a YouTube tutorial for my students. this project has some fiddly bits, but I think it’s the right amount of challenging.