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Book Name: Kids Can Sew: fun and easy projects for your small stitcher

Author: Beverley Alvarez

Publisher: Barron’s Educational Series

ISBN: 0-7641-2771-3

Cover: Paperback

# of Pages: 128

Illustrations: color photos & drawings

Experience Required: Ages 9 - 12

Book Review

When I first read through Kids Can Sew I got a really positive feeling about it because the content is so brilliantly and brightly illustrated it makes you want to jump into a project (after reading through the introductory and technique sections of course). The introduction to Kids Can Sew briefly outlines the sewing process as well as the contents of this book. In the chapter, Getting Started, the author describes the basics necessary for sewing accompanied by photos of the tools and supplies making them easily identifiable. There is also detailed information on material, measuring for clothes, basic stitches (with diagrams of what the stitches should look like), using a sewing machine (once again with diagrams of what you are doing should look like including stitches and the positioning of the material in the machine).

I really like that there are very helpful hints and tips throughout the techniques sections to ensure success and safety of your sewing project. Success is important for everyone but especially for children because it gives them a sense of accomplishment and being able to do something independently. The projects in this book range from simple to complex so as the readers increase their sewing skills, they can work their way up to the more difficult projects. These projects in Kids Can Sew include: puppets, a pin cushion, clothing (t-shirts, skirt, slippers, hat, hooded vest, dress) quilting, bag, pillowcase, purse, and a doll and doll dress. There are variations for some of the projects (i.e. T-shirt chic includes the Native American and Sporty Number Style t-shirts) and the Slipper Selection includes the Native American and Sparkly Slippers designs.

What I really like about Kids Can Sew is the style of writing geared toward the younger age group, which ensures the children can successfully make the projects in this book. There are instructions for additional techniques (beyond the basics outlined at the beginning of the book) provided before the project requiring the method. The step-by-step instructions for the projects are accompanied by detailed drawings of the process, which makes them even easier to understand. The instructions for the projects are very clear and straightforward. There is even a troubleshooting section at the back of the book with solutions for the main things that may go wrong in the process of making the projects in this book. There is also a helpful glossary of sewing terms to clarify some of the words you may encounter while reading through the instructions for a project.


  • Bejeweled belt
  • Tomato Pin Cushion
  • Sporty Number (t-shirt)
  • Denim Cushion Cover
  • Two Skirts in One
  • Day and Night Pillowcase
  • Rosy the Rag doll & Flower Shift Dress

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