Book Giveaway : : A Kid’s Guide to Sewing.

Yes, your kids can sew! (Book giveaway.) [Clean.]

Yes, your kids can sew! (Book giveaway.) [Clean.]

Yes, your kids can sew! (Book giveaway.) [Clean.]

Yes, your kids can sew! (Book giveaway.) [Clean.]

Yes, your kids can sew! (Book giveaway.) [Clean.]

Yes, your kids can sew! (Book giveaway.) [Clean.]

Yes, your kids can sew! (Book giveaway.) [Clean.]

Yes, your kids can sew! (Book giveaway.) [Clean.]

Yes, your kids can sew! (Book giveaway.) [Clean.]

Yes, your kids can sew! (Book giveaway.) [Clean.]

Yes, your kids can sew! (Book giveaway.) [Clean.]

Sage turns 11 at the end of this month.

Eleven. Is that even possible?

And while I stood there, jaw agape in wonder at just how old he's grown, Lupine had gifts to plan.

(See? Even she's growing up.)

Since we are a family of makers through-and-through, buying a gift never occurred to her.

Funny. It never occurs to me, either.

But what can a six year-old make for her eleven year-old brother that he'll love?

We tossed around some ideas and thumbed through a few books. And then she found her inspiration in a sweet children's sewing book that had just landed in our craft room with a little help from Sew Mama Sew and the FunStitch Studio Summer Camp



A Kid's Guide to Sewing is written by Sophie Kerr, the young lady pictured above.

She's close to Sage's age.

How amazing is that? A kid. Who wrote a book (with a little help from her crafty parents). Go, Sophie and your crafty self! I'm 40 and can't seem to pull it together enough to get a book to print.

Edited to add: Sophie's mom left a lovely comment here in an attempt to curb my enthusiasm a bit regarding Sophie writing this book. Because technically her parents wrote it. But it was a project she participated in and learned new skills throughout, and her words are peppered throughout. Eh, whatever. I'm still way impressed and giving Sophie all the props.

The project from the book that inspired Lu was a pillowcase, made of just three pieces of fabric. Simple, but plenty of "pow".

It's practical, cozy, and unlikely to embarrass him in front of his friends.

Since we were unsure as to how long it would take Lupine to cut, iron, pin, and sew the pillowcase we skipped the optional embroidery.

As it turned out it took her less than an hour!

The directions were simple, kid-friendly, and easy to follow. Lupine wanted help with only the cutting and the lining up of the edges before pinning. If she were a year or two older she would have been able to do it all on her own.

Lupine chose fabrics to match the quilt that I am really hoping to   am doubtful to  am absolutely certain to finish in time for Sage's birthday. 

To make it even sweeter she chose a strip of his baby sling for the narrow accent band.

I think this is where I'm to cry some sentimental mama tears.

Yup. It is.

So much sweetness.

But the sweetness doesn't end in my sewing room. Because the kind folks at FunStitch Studio were generous enough to give me a second copy of the book to share with you. Whoot!

So. Who wants?

Just leave a comment here to enter! I'll choose one winner before the week is through.

Comments are now closed. I'll announce our winner soon!

Our winner is Fiona who said:

"My daughter would love this! thanks."

(U.S. shipping only, please. Thanks for understanding!)





124 thoughts on “Book Giveaway : : A Kid’s Guide to Sewing.

  1. Lisa Hanson says:

    What incredible kids you have Rachel! Maybe Sophie could teach me to sew, lol. We’d love to win.

  2. megan says:

    Oh me please (crossing fingers)!! My 5 yo adores crafty projects and has just started to use her own sewing machine from when I was in high school! 🙂

  3. Rosie says:

    My recently turned 7yo has been not so subtly hinting that she would like to use my sewing machine (she has worked on a few hand sewing projects). I’m a little worried about our patience levels when working together, and my ability so suggest appropriate projects. It looks as though this book could help us make the leap!

  4. Krystal Friou says:

    Sebastien sits next to me and helps me measure/cut and do the manual back stitch on all of out projects for school, his birthday parties and room organizing. He has been asking to learn, but can not find a beginner machine that is not pink! (My machine takes off pretty quickly).
    BTW- Happy early birthday Sage!

  5. Amanda says:

    This would be neat for my girls and me, I was just gifted an old sewing machine and would like to start learning with them!

  6. Rachel Wolf says:

    Hi, Krystal! Curse the pink machines and the gender pigeonholing! Sage learned on my old-school machine and then on one of his own I picked up from a friend. I see them second hand frequently. The heavier the better, and something with just a zig-zag and straight stitch is simple and great. These old, metal machines are more solid than the new plastic ones and less frustrating to learn on. Just my 2 cents! Please say hello to my friend Sebastien for me!

  7. Emily Sonnemann says:

    My little Lyllie would love love love this book. Making for others is what she loves to do, and she can’t wait to learn how to sew. Sophie sounds inspiring!

  8. Vicki says:

    I found a lovely (and very heavy) blue & white vintage WHITE sewing machine with case & manual at a local antique mall last year for $25 — good old (non-pink) machines are out there!

  9. Angie says:

    So happy to see I am not the only late night owl around 🙂 You know that A would put that book to use over the years. And for other kids to see and learn from a book written by another kid – super awesome!

  10. v says:

    This is a great give-away. My daughter sat down yesterday and sewed up the holes in the knees of her cotton pants. She was so proud of herself. This would be a great book for her. Thanks for the opportunity.

    (And: Happy birthday to Sage!) (I’m so far back in your archives, catching up to the present, that Sage is still my daughter’s age: 8.)

  11. Dia says:

    My 10 yr old daughter is itching to learn to sew and this would be great for her (and me as I try to help her). So awesome that it is written by a young girl. Love the pillow, so sweet.

  12. Denise says:

    Way to go, Lupine! The pillowcase is gorgeous! Cedar has secret sewing plans for his sister’s birthday coming up, so much fun!

  13. says:

    My 7-year-old would love to win this book and find some great ideas to make some toy for herself, her brother, mom and dad 🙂

  14. Amy says:

    My children- one girl, one boy- make their presents for each other. It means the world to them- and to us to witness their reactions. Sometimes it takes them a bit to figure out what exactly they received… But in the long run- they remember and cherish those special homemade gifts from each other. It’s something they’ll cherish forever. I love to read stories like the one you shared. 🙂

  15. Tanya Hulbert says:

    How very sentimental. My girlie is almost nine and yearns to sew. I’m not so much the sewer and we both could use a sweet lesson. Thanks for the chance!

  16. Brynn says:

    My soon-to-be 9 year old has decided he really needs to make himself a quilt this year for “math.” What a great addition this book would be. I’ll have to look for it at our library, and request they get it if they don’t have it. Thanks!

  17. christina says:

    So sweet. My soon to be 8.year.old would love this to accompany her early bday present of her own sewing machine. Thanks for the chance.

  18. Kristina says:

    Oh I’d love that – not just for my kids, but for myself. I am a wanna be seamstress, but have not clue where to begin.

  19. stephanie says:

    my daughter is a little young yet but sewing is something she has already asked about learning to do. i have no skillz in this area. book would be appreciated and used!

  20. robin says:

    i rarely comment but always love reading your blog, in this case i am insprired to do so, i have a 10 year old daughter who is definitely amazed by sewing. she is ready to take on some new projects and this is just the guide for her. we would just love this book!

  21. Marissa says:

    Sweet and generous, both the publisher and Lupine 🙂 My almost nine year old Owen would love to see a kid-authored book of projects. Happy Birthday, Sage!

  22. tameka says:

    wow! looks like a nice book that i could use in my home. my son likes to help me sew sometimes, but embroidery is something i would like to learn too.

  23. Patty says:

    My little girl named Saige would love this book. I didn’t realize how important it was to be able to sew. I skipped all the Home Econ. class in HS, because I wanted to be a biologist. Well, now I am a stay at home mom (and biologist) and I am learning how to sew and making cool stuff. 🙂

  24. Angie S. says:

    Oooh,what a great gift idea. I have a girl like that too. For Father’s Day she made a “Shoe Shine Kit” out of a beer 6 pack holder. Each of the six spots had something in them she had made for shining shoes. Sewing wasn’t part of that one, but it has been a pasttime this summer.

  25. Amanda says:

    I spent many hours with my brother and cousin in my grandmas seeing room making pillows and other creations with her scraps. So many fond memories!

  26. Heidi G says:

    My son is 8 today and has been getting more interested in helping with his Momma’s crafting (knitting and sewing). I think he’d dive into this sweet book. Love how Lupine looks so proud of her wonderful gift. 🙂

  27. Kristin says:

    You have such amazing little people! I would love the opportunity to learn with my two little ladies. I remember sewing with my grandmother when I was young ad would love to pick it up again and share those memories wit my kids. Thanks or sharing!

  28. KC says:

    So very interesting that an 11 year old wrote it. I’d be very interested to read how she worded things. Wonderful giveaway!

  29. Kate says:

    I would LOVE to have this for my daughter and I to use! One of my favorite memories growing up was sewing with my mom and it means so much to me that I will be able to share such a wonderful craft with my daughter!

  30. meghann says:

    What a fantastic gift! Go, Lupine!

    My children are also always making gifts. These days they are usually pieces of paper with things drawn on them (or, in Asher’s case, a few lines drawn, and then folded to within an inch of its life and then crumpled in a tiny three-year-old hand). I have sewing books on hand with child-friendly projects…for when the time comes that they can do that. Julia is getting there. I would love to add this book to our collection! Thanks for the chance. xo

  31. Charlotte Lunsford says:

    Im really loving this project. My daughter (10) loves to make birthday gifts for her friends. This is one she could do!! Id love to win this book. Looks like its got a lot of great projects and its written by a kid! Thanks for the chance to win.

  32. Crystal Wheeler says:

    My daughter turns 11 at the beginning of next month. She received a sewing machine for Christmas a year or two ago, but we have yet to actually get it out and use it. This would be wonderful for her!

  33. Deborah says:

    My daughter really wants to learn how to sew but she’s still a bit young at six! Would love to have this for the future!

  34. W says:

    Hi Rachel – Thanks for the kind review of our book! Lupine did a nice job on her pillowcase. And no, Sophie did not actually write the book. Her dad Bill Kerr and I did. She made all of the projects and dictated the sidebars, which still required a lot of time and focus but like most 11-yr-olds, had neither the interest nor the skill to submit proposals, plan photoshoots or develop patterns and projects. She began sewing when she was 3 but had never put in a zipper or used some of the techniques in the book. The book was a chronicle of her learning to make specific techniques and projects and she was instrumental in helping us decide the right skill level needed for each project. Tell Lupine she’d really enjoy sewing with elastic thread as shown in the pool cover up!

  35. says:

    My homeschooled, WI living, farming, crafty kids would love this! My oldest just turned 8 so we can really grow into it.

  36. Rachel Wolf says:

    Well, I knew she didnt write it per se, but it looked like she was pretty involved and engaged in the entire process. Impressive at any age! Lupine is excited to make the pool cover up next, or the tiered skirt. Such a lovely book!

  37. cheryl liz says:

    my daughter is almost 6, and i would love to dive into some fun projects with her. she just started kindergarten and we are both overwhelmed with it. we need to do some reconnecting, mama and her girl time 🙂 thanks for the book offer

  38. Erin says:

    I think my 8yr old would love this. Going to put it on my Amazon wish list so I remember it later – would make a good Christmas gift.

  39. Natalie says:

    Happy birthday Sage! I loved learning to sew with my mom when I was a kid, though not quite as early as Lupine. What a lovely book to get more kids started.

  40. Juli says:

    Happy Birthday and love your blog. We are getting into sewing in our household and I am really excited to share those skills with my girls!

  41. AmyJ says:

    My 9 year old would make terrific use of this book. She just finished her first year in 4-H and took a sewing project. She’s keen to do more as soon as possible, she says. 🙂

  42. Jai says:

    How adorable! I love that you gift presents instead of buying! I am going to start that! My hubs just bought us a sewing machine. I have always dreamed of being able to sew. My 9 yr old daughter and 6 yr old boy are chomping at the bit for me to get started so i can teach them. I have to say I am intimidated. scared of that needle. In need of some help. This book might be perfect for all three of us! Thanks for the offer. And happy bday to your ‘little’ boy!

  43. LisaInCT says:

    This much older kid (52), would LOVE this book. Sewing is something I have always wanted to do. I have my machine and have completed a few simple projects. But, I think I really need this book! In fact, the other day I was thinking I need new pillowcases… with this book in hand, I could learn to make them myself! Thanks.

  44. Angie says:

    My girls would love this book! I would like to get all three of them doing some sewing projects. Honestly, I would like to get ME doing some sewing projects, too!

  45. Shelsy says:

    I think my little girl, at 4, is a little too young for this, but I’m hoping to teach her as soon as she starts showing interest. My own sewing interest only really began to develop a year or two ago. I’m currently working on my first ever quilt, a bed covering for my little girl. I’m hooked. 🙂

    Your kids are precious and Lupine did a great job on her gift for Sage. Such a sweet sister.

  46. Lisa Palmer says:

    My 7 year old has been begging me to teach her how to sew! I need to learn how to first! lol! I think we could learn together with a book like this! How fun! And perfect for home-school this year!

  47. erin v. says:

    hi rachel! first, lupine, it’s lovely! well done! second, now that i’m on your comments and all, i have a name for your farm. when i heard it, i thought of you all. Restful Place. and isn’t it though? 🙂 and thirdly, oh! we’d love love love the book. thanks for the opportunity!

  48. Karen says:

    Love it! My little guy loves to sew, he’s only 5 but does handsewing and has done a little on the machine with my help. This book looks great! thanks for the chance!

  49. Jenn says:

    My little bug would love this book! She has started on needlepoint and is itching to get on the machine.
    She loves making gifts for birthdays and holidays.

    Your little Lu is just too cute. What a great job she did on her gift!

  50. Angelina says:

    My daughter would love to have this book as she is learning how to sew. Sewing seems to be a lost art among young ones nowadays.

  51. Jill says:

    My nearly 6 yo daughter was asking for her own sewing machine just yesterday… this would be a great book to inspire projects. She’s already planning her Hallowe’en costume!

  52. My Wild Wood says:

    Thank you for the chance. I have found that letting a little one wind the bobbin is a great way to get a feel for the pedal before putting little digits near a moving needle. Plus winding bobbins is fun 🙂

    A special pillowcase is sure to make for a happy birthday.

  53. s* says:

    wow! happy birthday, sage! this book looks amazing and would be just the thing for this next homeschooling bit with our five year old. fun times!

  54. Laura says:

    This looks like a fantastic way for my kids (and me!) to learn to sew – something we’ve all been wanting to learn for a long time!

  55. stacy hancock says:

    This would be so much fun to work on with my daughter!! I didn’t even think of sewing as an option to add to our homeschool stuff. It’s now on the list, thanks!

  56. debra says:

    yes please!!! sewing is at the top of the list of things my daughter wants to work on this fall, and i could use the help!

    and lupine, that pillowcase is spectacular…really.

  57. Tracy says:

    My almost 4 1/2 year old (and her 6 yr old sis. and come to think of it, her brothers…) would enjoy this book, I think, so I would LOVE to win it ~ thanks for the chance! I’m going to add it to my wish list, in the likely event that I DON’T win 😉

  58. Dana says:

    Both my 10 year old son and 7 year old daughter love sewing and we would be very happy to win this beautiful book! Thank you for the opportunity!

  59. Julie says:

    Hi Rachel. I always love your real and inspiring blog. Your recipes, tutorials and words of wisdom always resonate. Really. Eleven years of Mothering… I am not far behind with eight. We homeschool too and I am filled with gratitude daily that we are able to make this choice and be with each other so often. Sometimes it is like swimming upstream in our culture, but I have thankfully surrounded myself with real and virtual community for support. A sweet corner of the world. Thanks for taking the time to blog.

  60. emilie says:

    my oldest just turned 7 and wants to learn to sew, problem is mama isnt much of a sewer! looks like we are going to learn together. would love a copy of this book to help us along.

  61. Debbie says:

    Just found your blog through Simple Homeschool. Thought provoking, inspiring and lovely. I’d love this book. My girl and I could learn to sew together.

  62. Sarah andersn says:

    I have started to teach my 6 year old son how to use the sewing machine recently. I love being able to share my love of sewing with him! What an awesome inspiration to have a great book like this”

  63. Kirstin says:

    My kids would love to learn to sew! This looks like a great book, we will probably buy it even if we don’t win.

  64. shawn j says:

    That is so neat, my grandkids would love it, thanks for the giveaway.
    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

  65. Pamela R says:

    Wow. My kiddos would have a great time with this book. My middle son is the sewer in our family. He designed and sewed (on his own) a pillow for our little one’s birthday last year. How fun! Thanks.

  66. andrea says:

    um, not only would this book be good for my 8 year old girl, but heck, I think it could help ME learn some sewing too!

  67. Candace says:

    My daughter would love this! She has said that learning to sew is one of her goals for this next year.

  68. Audrey says:

    Hi Rachel. Just wanted to say I really enjoy your blog. I made your siracha the other day and am in looooove!!! I’ve been a sewer for forever and love seeing the craft passed down! Keep inspiring and thanks for the blog 🙂

  69. Kate T.S. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! What a sweet gift from a little sister to her big brother. My 6 year old son would love this. He went to a week of sewing camp this summer & it’d be fun to continue the learning with the help of this book!

  70. Marlo says:

    Oh, this looks lovely! My girls are just getting into sewing, so this would be awesome! Alright, now I’m off to sew some zippered pouches with your tutorial. Wish me luck!

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