A Kid’s Guide to Sewing: Learn to Sew with Sophie & Her Friends

Bloomer & I got an amazing opportunity to review the book “A Kid’s Guide to Sewing: Learn to Sew with Sophie & Her Friends” from C&T Publishing.  What I didn’t realize when first looking at the book was that Sophie Kerr (who I recognized from some spots on Quilting Arts with Pokey Bolton) was the daughter of Bill Kerr & Weeks Ringle, some of the pioneers of the modern quilting movement.

I’ve been mulling for a while how best to teach Bloomer to sew. On the one hand, I don’t want to force her into projects because she’ll come to hate it (and the time I spend helping her with projects takes away time from me doing my projects!), and on the other hand, I think it’s a great tradition to continue on. Let’s make it four generations of sewists in my family!  And possibly more, since I’m sure Grama Eddie’s mother and grandmother had to sew out of necessity.

Headband - Complete!

What I think is great about this book is that it really lays out the basics of sewing terminology, getting to know your sewing machine, and elements of various stitches including embroidery stitches.  I skipped that part of the book because I’ve got over 25 years of sewing under my belt, but I suspect if I left the book laying around Bloomer would pick it up and read it (even though she’s only seven).  I do think that part of the book is an excellent reason to get it for a child/tween without a sewing heritage, like if you were an “auntie” for a friend’s kid if your friend didn’t sew.

Headband - Complete!

I had Bloomer peruse the book and pick out a couple projects, so we started with a headband for her to wear at gymnastics. She claims that the ponytail pulls her hair too much, but her hair has to stay out of her face.  The directions were clear (and elucidated a part of headband sewing I had never mastered as a teen, so that was helpful), and illustrated well.

We worked on this together, with me doing the rotary cutting and ironing (although she measured some things), and us splitting the sewing machine sewing.


She also picked out a felt ornament to make in the shape of an ice cream cone.  She picked the felt colors and I had her trace the pattern, then I cut it out, and then she traced the pattern on the felt pieces.  She did ALL the hand embellishment with my old bead collection from when I was in high school, which I realized were leftover from craft time with Grama Eddie.

Felt Ice Cream Cone

This was her first time doing any hand sewing, and she poked herself a couple times but no bleeding.  I did help do the blanket stitch around the edge, and then she hung it up on about 50 different doorknobs before settling on one.

So in general, I definitely recommend this book for a new sew-er, especially if their parents don’t sew.  The projects are listed in order of increasing difficulty, and there’s enough variety that you don’t think you only making totebags.

C&T is generously letting me give away a copy of the book! You can use the Rafflecopter thingy below to enter, and the giveaway will stay open for a week.  If a US winner is chosen, they’ll receive a hard copy of the book, and an international winner will receive an e-copy.

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16 Replies to “A Kid’s Guide to Sewing: Learn to Sew with Sophie & Her Friends”

  1. I am interested in knowing if the book covers putting in zippers, putting in elastic and some other tasks that could be reviewed periodically? I also want to know how you got a real book out of C&T when they have only offered me eBooks?!? I guess it is the whole podcasty thing. 😉

  2. My aunt is busy teaching her granddaughter who is almost 8 to sew while they are here on vacation… she is loving it! Skirts for her and shorts for her younger brother are her favorites!

  3. Go, Bloomer! I started with hand sewing when I was just a little older than she is, her first attempt looks much better than mind did!

  4. i teach sewing at our school to the 4th/5th graders–this would be so helpful! (though we’ll probably still only make tote bags and pillowcases 🙂

  5. I belong to a sewing guild and we have an annual event to teach kids aged 8 to16 how to sew. They come daily for four days and we have a project. In the past they have made a quilt,drawstring pants, robe, and skirt. Next year we want to do small projects they can complete in a day to encourage creativity. We must keep sewing alive in our young kids. Our schools have dropped the ball on that…. Always looking for new ideas.

  6. All of my kids sew – only one quilts right now. Both of my Grandsons (age 3) have sewn and quilted their own quilts from panels. They started about age 2. They sit on my lap and we fmw which is more of a controlled scribble. Fun is the only goal and we have lots of that. They LOVE fabric and we are working on their stashes – buying one or two FQ each time we go shopping. I think they will be the next generation Ricky Tims! No rules, just beauty and fun.

  7. 3 of my kids have learned to sew. Only the oldest still sews and she likes to make up her own stuff. She just created a mini messenger bag to carry her phone when she doesn’t want to carry a purse. It took her 3 tries to get the pattern the right dimensions but she kept at it and now has a cute little bag that I would totally use!

  8. Fingers crossed that there are some good boy projects in here! And looking forward to the international fame that will come from you reading my comment. 🙂

  9. Thanks for the time you put into this and your podcast! I always look forward to it.

  10. I am so excited about this! I was just listening to your podcast and heard about the giveaway. My oldest daughter has been watching me and learning to sew little bits at a time; I plan on giving her a small stash for Christmas and this book would be perfect to add in. Thanks for the chance & I hope I win!! 🙂

  11. I did a sewing camp this summer at my house for little girls that were between 7-12, I think this book might be handy for next years camp.

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