The Best Sewing Books For Beginners

I started this blog to showcase how I have used Pinterest to teach me how to sew, so why add books to our list of supplies? Well, who doesn’t love a good, resourceful book? Besides, having a pretty book on my craft table just makes me happy. That is why I am sharing the best sewing books for beginners. These are books that I currently own and have used to help me improve my sewing skills.

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So, now that you have your sewing machine and all your supplies, let’s get started with a few good books. Here are my favorites for beginner sewers.

Perfect Books for Beginner Kids (and Adults)

My First Sewing Machine: FASHION SCHOOL: Learn To Sew: Kids

 I know what you are thinking! What can I possibly learn from a book for kids? Let me tell you, my daughter showed a brief interest in learning to sew.  I purchased this book for her, but I was the one that read it! If you are a true beginner, this book can help you get started. Plus, it is pretty inexpensive!



Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing; 20 Projects Kids Will Love to Make

My daughter received the 1st book too, Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make.  It is all about hand sewing (which is great because I have a lot to learn in that area).

This particular book is dedicated to lessons in learning how to use a sewing machine. Again, written for kids, but great for adults starting out as well!

Children's Dress Ups

Okay, Moving on to Books Geared Towards Adults Who are Beginners

Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking

Many beginner books share great information, but I am not always interested in the projects included.  Therefore, I lose interest fast (even if they are skills that I SHOULD learn to how to do). Let’s face it, sewing takes time and like most of you, my time is limited.  I know I will need to learn certain skills, but for now, I am researching and learning only what I need to complete a project that I am truly interested in making.

I just purchased this book and I LOVE IT! For starters, it focuses on making your own clothes (which is what I want to learn more than anything else). Secondly, it begins with the basics and new techniques are introduced when a project requires it. I love that the projects build upon one another. The absolute best part is that each piece is gorgeous. I actually want to make all of these projects. I feel like this book was written for me! hehe

The author, Tilly, is amazing.  I love her story and I love how down to earth this book is for a beginner.  There are a lot of photos, hints, tips, and it includes 6 fullscale, multisize patterns ready to be used. You should also check out her blog.  She has several beautiful beginner-friendly tutorials, patterns, and classes.  Check it out here!


The Sewing Book: Over 300 Step-by-Step Techniques

This book has many great photos and visuals. It covers so many different topics including equipment, a glossary of sewing terminology, information on 100 different tools, 50 types of fabrics, 300 different techniques, and a few projects.  It is one that I reference fairly often.  I wouldn’t say the text goes into a lot of detail, but the photos are helpful if I have questions about something or if I need more details on a certain technique.


Simplicity Simply the Best Sewing Book

There is a newer version of this book, but after taking a look at the reviews it seems like it does not have all the wonderful things that this older version contains.  You can find the new version here.

Why do I love this book? Well, it covers a lot of basics along with detailed information on sewing patterns: sizing,  reading patterns and making adjustments. Get your highlighter ready because you will find great tips that you will want to reference back to often!


Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew, One Project at a Time

I received this book from my Mother-in-Law a few years ago for Christmas. It was so sweet of her to buy this book as well as some sewing supplies for me that year.  I only completed one of the projects in this book, but I still reference it often. There is some good information in here.

This book includes:

  • A guide to the machine, notions,  and fabric.
  • A variety of projects–like a simple tote, a piped throw pillow, and a skirt.
  • Step-by-step photo instructions.
  • Includes a bonus CD with PDF patterns for apparel projects (in sizes 4-14), stitch practice guides, sample applique designs and more.

I do not own these books, but I have heard great things about them. They are definitely on my wishlist!


Please stay connected, because up next are my favorite beginner online sewing classes! Then, we are ready to start sewing together!  I cannot wait to create Sew Many amazing things with you!

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53 thoughts on “The Best Sewing Books For Beginners

  1. Thanks for sharing these books! I received a sewing machine for Christmas and started attempting to make my daughter some clothes. I love any type of information that can help me get better!

  2. This is right up my alley! I’d love to learn to sew. My mother’s an amazing seamstress, but we live in different cities.

  3. Great recommendations. They look easy to understand. I am a very beginner sewer. I can make pj pants, but nothing else really.

  4. I don’t sew but I’ve always wanted to learn! I’m sure these books would help! My grandma sewed everything when I was growing up and I always admired it

  5. I gave my sewing machine to my sister a few years ago because I never used it. This post is inspirational, may have to get it back!

  6. Hey Tara where were you when I took home economics. I was terrible at sewing and these books could have helped me a lot ?

  7. I need to look into these! I know my kids would love the sewing school 2, and I’m sure I could use a quick lesson or two! I need to get my machine down sooooooo bad! I’ve been saying that for months and have so many projects I wanna do!

  8. What a great resource for folks like me who haven’t sewn since 8th grade home at class! LOL… my daughter is interested in sewing and these will help me be able to help her with her interest even though I don’t have the skills. Thank you so much for making these resources so readily available in one place!

  9. What a great list of resources. I’m not a beginner with a sewing machine, but there are always things I can learn!

  10. Thanks for sharing these resources. I have very basic sewing skills and have been wanting to get better at it. This is a great place to start!

  11. Great timing! I’m looking for a book for my daughter. She’s recently decided to start sewing “when I’m 10” even though shes only 4 right now lol

  12. Thank you for sharing! I have had a bit of a fear of sewing after my horrible display in Home Ec way back when. I at least need to learn how to hem my pants (I staple them when they fall).

  13. What an awesome resource site! I have a friend who sewed my wedding dress and she is actually going to be working with a friend of hers tomorrow on a sewing project. I will have to tell her about your blog. Lovely Site! Keep up the great work!!

  14. What an awesome resource site! I have a friend who sewed my wedding dress and she is actually going to be working with a friend of hers tomorrow on a sewing project. I will have to tell her about your blog. Lovely Site! Keep up the great work!!

  15. I miss sewing. Unfortunately, I was not able to teach my daughter that. I will definitely do it with future grandkids

  16. It’s probably high time I actually did buy a sewing book. I’ve had my sewing machine for 20 years and barely made anything although I believe that’s more to do with having small boys these days. I’ve hoarded fabric all that time so there’s no shortage of bits to experiment on. Always helpful to have suggestions when there are hundreds of options that come up in a Google search

  17. Thank you for the list! I *kind of* know how to sew, and my daughter is very interested in learning. One of these would be great to get so we can do it together, and I don’t teach her wrong, lol

  18. Thank you for putting together such a great list of resources! It’s been years since I’ve used my sewing machine and I feel inspired to dust if off and get back to sewing.

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