'Now I Can Sew - 20 hand-sewn projects to make' by Sian Hamilton is a book which contains 20 fun and colourful projects to make. This is the ideal introduction to hand sewing for children from the age of 8 and up.
The main thing that instantly struck me about this book was the fact that each of the projects were things that you would use in everyday life. SO many craft books have ideas for children to make which are things which will inevitably end up in a recycling bin. This book however has ideas to brighten and enhance the usual things we use from day to day. Cushion covers, bags, pencil holders, bookmarks, finger puppets and aprons to name but a few.
We all know boys love monsters and so my seven year old wanted to have go at making the monster pencil holder (see top photo). This was a good opportunity to test out how easy the instructions were to follow and how well the projects turned out as a whole.
With several pages dedicated to techniques which covers things like separating strands of embroidery floss, using a needle threader, knotting thread, knotting off thread, over sewing, measuring and marking, tracing templates, stitches and much much more there is simply nothing that you could need to know that is not covered in this book. If you want your children to take up sewing then this is the book you should be buying for them.
In fact, I would go as far as to say this could be a very useful reference book for adults just starting out with sewing as the visuals work so well together with the easy to understand language. This makes taking up sewing a much less daunting prospect.
My son had absolutely no problems following the instructions as the pictures alone were pretty self-explanatory. Using the stitching guide as a reference the monster pencil pot was made within the hour. It involved cutting a plastic bottle in half, covering the sharp edges with masking tape and then sewing together the piece of felt. He cut out the mouth, embroidered the eyes and then we glue-gunned the eyes and fangs on. We have hundreds of coloured pencils around the house, so I love the idea of creating various coloured monsters to hold certain colours i.e. a red monster for red pencils, a blue monster for blue pencils etc.
Here are some projects we would love to create in the near future:
Overall, this is a vibrant, bright and colourful craft book bursting at the seams with inspiration for adults and children alike. The photography is gorgeous, I love the way they capture step-by-step photos so that each project is almost fail-proof to follow. Definitely a book that will be remaining in my crafting library for future reference.
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Disclaimer: I was sent this book for review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.