I was so lucky when I was starting out. My mother was a fabulous crafter and was always working on something new. She was an eager and fun teacher who taught me everything that I needed to know when I was starting out. We made a lot of fun crafts together and she was an amazing resource of information.
Even though I learned a lot from my mother there were some things that she didn’t know or sometimes she just wasn’t around to help me. I ended up purchasing quite a few sewing books that would give me great ideas and provide me with the extra instruction that I needed. Many of these books are now falling apart from such constant use and are no longer in print. When family and friends start out sewing I love buying them their first sewing book to help get them on the right track.
Below you will find a few that I have purchased recently that I think are best sewing books for beginners or kids.
Each of these books are an excellent place to start for a first time sewing. These books are great at building skills while bringing you along through projects that are fun and educational.
Towards the end of this list, we have a number of books that are suitable for kids or tweens who are just starting out. Here they are…
1. Sew Everything Workshop
The Sew Everything Workshop is perfect for beginners. Diane Rupp is an excellent teacher who takes you through each project step by step in a fun and engaging way. Youngsters love it and makes them feel inspired and ambitious.
It has been around since 2007, but is still one of my favorite books for newbies.
This beginner sewing book is stylish and trendy and is very popular amongst the youngsters in my family.
2. The Sewing Machine Classroom
The Sewing Machine Classroom is an amazing book if you are new to sewing and want to learn how to use your sewing machine properly. After you have completed this book you will be a master with your machine. It will help you choose the best threads, fabric, feet and other materials to get the most out of your machine.
One of the most valuable sections teaches you how to take care of your machine and even offers some lessons on how to fix it. Great book!
This is one book for beginners that I buy for everyone. The sewing machine maintenance section is worth the price of this book alone. If you can save yourself even just one trip to the repair shop, it is well worth it. Everyone should have this on their shelf.
3. Sewing 101, Revised and Updated
Sewing 101 is a classic book that has been revised and updated to include even more helpful tips and tutorials. This is a very good book for beginners. It teaches you the absolute basics and moves you increasingly more difficult projects. It is taught in a very clear and concise manner.
There is even a DVD included that demonstrates the projects and has step by step videos. It even has a the book in PDF format so you can bring it with you everywhere.
4. 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects
1, 2, 3 Sew is another excellent beginner book. Work your way through 33 projects starting with easy and getting more and more advanced. The book does it in an a very unique way. The projects are in groups of three and each new project group requires the skills from the previous lessons. You will feel like a pro in no time. Very easy to follow instructions and clear illustrations. This is a very good book for beginners.
5. A Kid’s Guide to Sewing – Best Sewing Book for Kids
A Kid’s Guide to Sewing is a fantastic book that guides your child through 16 projects that are fun and educational. Children are taught by Sophie Kerr and are brought through each project with easy to understand steps.
It is written from a child’s perspective and really resonates with children I have used it with. It is a great book to if you want to help nurture your child or grandchild’s love of sewing.
6. The Best of Sewing Machine Fun for Kids
The Best of Sewing Machine Fun for Kids is a fun book that is suitable for beginners or all ages. It does a really nice job introducing sewing to someone who is just starting out.
Students learn skills as they progress through projects in the book. As they move along they are building upon each other and helping them gain confidence.
One thing I really like about the book are the games and skill drills. They really do a great job helping a child retain what they have learned.
7. My First Sewing Book
My First Sewing Book is a very popular sewing book for kids. This fun book brings your little one through 35 projects that are targeted to children who are 7 years of age or older.
I was really impressed with the variety of projects in this book. Your child will create all sorts of fun sewing projects including:
- rag dolls,
- sock monsters,
- hair accessories
- and much more.
I found that the wide range of projects really open a child’s eyes to the power of what a sewing machine can do and open up their imagination to other possibilities. This is definitely one of my favorite books. Your child will be thrilled with it as well.
8. Sew in Style – Make Your Own Doll Clothes
Sew in Style is a book that one of our visitors recommended I add to this list. I’ve also talked to a couple of friends and they rave about it as well.
If you’re child has an 18″ doll that they adore then they will definitely love this book. There are 22 projects covered in this book that build up your sewing skills as you create beautiful clothing and accessories for their 18″ friend.
When they are finished they will have a unique wardrobe that they can use their imagination with.
All of these books are great choices. It really depends on what your needs and tastes are. I wouldn’t hesitate getting any of these for a sewing newbie. Even the books that are geared towards kids are a good place to start for adults. The language is simple, but the projects are cute, fun and will get you up to speed quickly. Thanks for reading my “Best Sewing Books” post.
Also, if you are looking for a sewing machine for someone who is just starting out or a beginner machine for yourself, I have reviewed some of my favorite beginner machines here.
If you are looking for the best sewing machine for kids you can find some machines here that I think are your best option for smaller children. Once you have the proper machine to work on with your child, use this resource to teach your child how to sew.
Also, if you are looking for a way to learn how to sew and where to start, you can go here to check out our online resource.