Sewing School 2: Book Review and Give-away


I was so happy to receive a copy of Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle's latest book, Sewing School 2  (Storey Publishing) in the mail, but before I could even peek at the pages, Leah (my eight-year-old) rushed off to her bedroom with it where she quickly flopped onto her bed and perused each page and project. Amie and Andria's first book, Sewing School , is one of my girl's favorites, so it came as no surprise that she would be beyond thrilled to lay eyes on the new book with exciting new projects.  Plus, its focus is teaching children to use the sewing machine, which is always an exciting prospect around these parts.

While I knew that Leah would be super excited to dig into this book, I almost forgot that my Hazel (five-years-old) is in a perfect place to begin learning to use a machine.  She loves fabric, prints, wrapping fabric around her dolls, and hand stitching, so when I showed her the book and asked if she'd like to do a project with me, she was bouncing in anticipation.

She chose the Tag Along project where you make a little stuffy with a loop for hanging.


She went right for a piece of punchy daisy fabric!


She was tentative about using the machine, but after some practice stitching, she was fired up and ready to go.  I love how the act of sewing with the machine teaches lessons in self-control and moderation.  There was a part of her that wanted to ZOOM!, but she took it slow because she was invested in her creation.

Stuffing!


Here she is, so proud of her creation!  After much consideration, this beauty will hang in her doll's bedroom.  We already have plans to make more to give away for the holidays -- we're thinking of stuffing them with herbs and flowers!
 
Sewing School 2 is a wonderful way to introduce children to sewing with a machine because it encourages them to be confident in themselves while inspiring them to be creative in ways that feel fun and productive. Plus, the projects pictured in the book are made by other children, which leaves my kids feeling inspired and connected to all of the creative possibilities within.

Visit the Sewing School blog or Storey Publishing for more information about the book and the tour.  


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Storey Publishing has generously offered to give away one copy of Sewing School 2 to a reader.  Just leave a comment on this post by 8/2 at midnight (Eastern Time) and I will announce the winner on 8/4.  Storey has requested that it be US only, please.

xo emily

20 comments:

  1. I'm so thrilled about this book. My daughter (7 years old) started sewing on my machine last year and I was wishing we had a book like this to encourage her along. This is exactly what I was looking for!

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  2. I love to watch children sew! Had my nieces visit this summer and we had a sewing day with them and my 4 oldest....memories made for sure! Thanks for the chance at this wonderful book!

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  3. I don't know much about sewing...but I do have a nearly 6 year old who is as curious as I am about it as I am. Maybe we can both learn together! Thanks for the chance!!

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  4. Sweet - we love Sewing School!

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  5. I have a bunch of kids here with me this summer who are all excited about sewing. This book would be such fun for them! Thanks for the chance.

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  6. I love your girls' creativity and enthusiasm! I love luring mine away from ball sports with amazing books such as yours and this one! :)

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  7. I need these books for me - never mind my girls!!

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  8. Oh so nice! We loved the first book! Thank you for the chance.

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  9. My daughter would love this! So doable! :)

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  10. This looks great! Thanks for sharing. Xoxo

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  11. beth.kopp@gmail.comJuly 29, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    We have gotten into sewing this summer too. The book looks fantastic!

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  12. We loved the first book, and this one looks great, too!

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  13. I think I need to check out this book, learn to sew and dig up my long buried dream of trying out for Project Runway.

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  14. Yay! So looking forward to seeing this book in person!

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  15. I think my almost 7 year old would LOVE this. Thanks for giving a copy away :)

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  16. My daughter has been eyeing our sewing machine with great curiosity this week as her dad has been sewing a kite. I'd love to check out this book and find some projects that we can work on together.

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  17. I can't wait to teach my kids how to sew :)

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  18. I really want to teach my girl to sew when she's older!

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  19. tipas@shaw.ca. This would be awesome!! I just got my dads machine out and running! Would love to sew like him!!

    Tina

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