Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Book Review: Sew Together Grow Together

I was recently sent the book Sew Together Grow Together by Trixi Symonds of Coloured Buttons. Sew Together Grow Together is a fantastic child focused project book filled with great sewing projects that kids can make and use!
Trixi has been teaching sewing for over two decades and her love and talent for sewing with children spills over in this book!

The book's page layout is consistent and familiar throughout, so as children browse through to choose their next project they are met with an easy to navigate book that is inviting and well planned.
Miss Daisy really liked the look of a few of the more complex patterns at first glance and this put a halt on our creativity as I was preoccupied with the little ones, unable to buy accessories from the store or didn't want to get the fabric boxes out of storage. We have put these projects on our to do ASAP list!

Finally a week ago we looked through the book again and decided to do one of the many delightful felt projects instead. We have a box of felt inside the house and we were able to do these easily without having to collect or purchase any extra supplies. Most of the projects in the book are adaptable in that you could change the colours, fabric or even make some of them a 'no sew' project if you desired - yes, they're that simple!

We settled on the Hippy Bag as our first project and Miss Daisy (5yo) (who's already familiar with hand sewing) set out positioning and pinning the felt pieces of her flowers. She was then able to stitch each of the flowers and stems onto the main piece of the bag, even using some of the more detailed stitches for the centre of the flower. We've previously used a blunt darning needle and sewed with embroidery thread on hessian - so the sharp needle (needed to pierce the felt layers) did make her say ouch a couple of times!

We completed the bag in two sittings and decided on a shorter handle than in the book. Miss Daisy was really proud of her handiwork and I loved that the results were so quick to achieve, meaning that she enjoyed it even more!

Have you done any sewing with your children? What age did you start handwork with them?

To purchase this lovely book head over here for a great price and to see other lovely crafts from Trixi visit her on facebook or her blog Coloured Buttons

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of Sew Together Grow Together for review but as always all opinions are my own! :)