Friday, December 6, 2013

Simple Sewing 30 Fast and Easy Projects

I have been so eager to share a very special book with you!
Simple Sewing is by Katie Lewis of The Red Kitchen....

It is my good fortune to know Katie!  In fact, she lives very close to me!  I am star-struck!

Simple Sewing is a great book for beginners to sewing.  Not only does it include 30 fast and easy projects, but basic sewing terms and information beginners will find helpful.

the book is divided into chapters which relate to our everyday lives...for instance, projects for the baby and projects for celebrations!

The pictures and instructions are clear and detailed....I would almost bet that Katie had been a teacher in a former life!

Having taught quite a few beginning quilters, I can usually anticipate questions that may come up.  As I read through this book, I realized what a great resource it is for those new to sewing. I think Katie has done a great job anticipating the questions....and I know she has chosen projects which are fun to make and leave you feeling delighted to have made it on your own!

As part of the fun on this book tour, I received a copy of the book and made a couple Journal Covers and a Pencil Pouch.

Katie's projects allow considerable latitude in customizing the projects to fit your own 'style'.  So in Molly Flanders fashion....I made my own fabric using the apple core motif.  And with Katie's instructions for the Journal Cover....I made my own book cover for a favorite book.

I used some of my favorite fabrics and stitched it with a big stitch and perle cotton.  But I couldn't just stop there!  I decided to do a little reverse applique and make a cover for my journal....

and then I used her pencil pouch instructions to sew up a handy pouch for all my marking tools.

Clearly, I am smitten with the book and with Katie!  If you know someone or have someone on your Christmas list that has expressed an interest in learning to sew....I would suggest this book.  It would be a great gift!

you can find the book at :

A couple more things, before you go....I want to invite you all to visit my dear friend Rachel's blog....Family Ever After and see what she has made from Katie's book!  If you haven't visited Rachel's blog before you will love it!  What a talented girl!    

I have saved the best for last!

you have a chance to win your own copy of Simple Sewing by visiting the Rafflecopter!

Good luck!  And have a wonderful weekend!
**Please note...under the terms and conditions the giveaway is open to U.S. shipping address only.


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  1. What great makes.
    I clearly need this book!

  2. Biggest love for your works! thanks for the chance!

  3. Mary, I am new to your blog. Completely inspired by the beautiful stitching you included on these projects. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What an awesome book! My new daughter-in-law would love it as I'm teaching her how to sew. Thanks for a chance.

  5. Your book covers are really fun!! That book sounds wonderful and I'm sure will become the favoured handy guide for many sewers.

  6. You do such pretty handwork! That apple core design is one of my all time favorites - and I prefer that name to "hatchet." Your big stitch quilting really enhances the finish. Nice stuff, Mary!

  7. I want this book some kinda bad!
    Thanks for the chance, Jessica

  8. Love the way you have interpreted the book cover.

  9. What awesome projects you have been working them.