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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Perfect Books for Beginner Kids (and Adults)
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!
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!
Okay, Moving on to Books Geared Towards Adults Who are Beginners
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!
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.
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!
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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