Friday, July 12, 2013

Sewing School 2 - Product Review and Giveaway!!

I had the opportunity to review the new book Sewing School 2. {I was given the book in exchange for my honest review} You will have the chance to win your own copy at the end of the post.

The book is written for kids ages 7 and up. There are step by step instructions and pictures to teach them how to sew.  There are 20 fun projects to choose from. I liked that it was written for kids, in simple terms they can understand. There is a folder in the back of the book that holds all the patterns and even a ruler printed on the side of the back cover.

 My kids had a lot of fun with this book. I let them go through my fabric scraps and choose whatever they wanted to use.

My oldest daughter {age11} was the first to try it out. She had a friend over and they both looked through it and decided to make the Secret Message Pillows.  One of the rules in the book is "Nothing has to be Perfect" I love this advice - especially when you are learning.

You can see hers didn't turn out perfectly square, but that's ok. She is learning a new skill and she did it all by herself with absolutely no help from me.

My son {age 8} was next to make something from the book. He wanted to make the Sleepy Bear. This my son's first ever sewing project, so I supervised to make sure he got the hang of things. He cut out the fabric and then sewed everything himself, with the exception of sewing the opening closed. He made the comment to me "I really like to sew". That was surprising to me. He's very into all things "boy", and I wasn't sure that he would enjoy sewing. I'm glad he does - he may need some basic sewing skills as he grows up and moves away.

There was some hand stitching on the face that we opted to just draw on with a marker. I think he did a good job for his first time. More importantly, he gained confidence in doing something new to him.

My almost 6 year old also wanted to make a Sleepy Bear. She's just starting to read and a little younger than the recommended age, so I helped her quite a bit. She got to press the foot, while I guided the material. She also thought it was fun to cut the threads after each seam. Of course stuffing the bear with fluff was her favorite part.

I was really impressed with this book. It is easy for kids to understand. There are tons of fun projects that kids like and actually want to make. I love that it has patterns for all the projects - and a place to store the patterns in the book.  It's perfect to pull out on those "I'm bored" summer days. We will definitely be using it again and again.

Want to win a copy of Sewing School 2 for your child?
It's really simple - just follow the prompt on Rafflecopter. You must be a U.S. Resident to enter.

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Want more chances to win? Check out the following blogs on the following dates:

July 7 – Our Busy Homeschool

July 8 – scrumdilly-do!

July 9 – Crafty Moms Share

July 10 – Jane of All Trades

July 11 – Windy Lou

July 13 – Improv Diary

July 16 – He Sewed She Sewed

July 17 – Teach Beside Me

July 19 – The Crafty Crow

July 20 – Family Style School

July 21 – Such Designs

July 22 – Red Bird Crafts

July 23 – The Long Thread

July 25 - mayamade


  1. Looks great! My daughters have tried mini sewing projects, all with a a needle and thread. I am sure that they would love to move up to a sewing machine!

  2. My daughter has the first book and I can only imagine that the second book is twice as much fun. Would love to add it's projects to our summer fun.

  3. I've only just ordered the first book, but now I've got "big kids" (7, 8, 9) hanging out with me this summer and they want to sew, sew, sew, so I'd love a chance to win this one, too! Thanks!

  4. My daughter loves trying to sew, but she could use a little "schooling" in the craft :o)

  5. Looks interesting. I'd love to see what they have to say about teaching kids.

  6. My kids would love reading up and then giving it a go with me.

  7. Oh, my daughter would love this! She got a sewing machine for Christmas, but no one in the family knows the first thing about sewing. Both of us really want to learn to sew, so this book would be helpful to us both. Thank you for hosting this!

  8. What a fun book!! My son and i would enjoy it very much! Good luck everyone! :-)

  9. What a fun little book. Looks like your kiddos enjoyed it. I've got a couple of crafty kids at home too that like projects that are easy enough to understand and do on their own. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  10. My girls would love this book because they are so crafty, and love to learn something new.

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  12. I would love to win this book! I just bought my 6 year old daughter her first sewing machine and this book looks like it would be perfect for us to do together! Thanks for the chance!

  13. Estoy muy ,muy lejos .Precioso regalo

  14. I would love to win this for my step daughters. They have asked to learn to sew. I think this would be a great way for us to improve our relationship.