Sew it, Stitch it … With Kids

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What is it?

An instructional crafting book.

Who is it by?

By Marizan Mustafa and published by MPH.

What is it about?

This book is an introduction to sewing for children. It has basic information about sewing and the tools needed as well as step-by-step instructions for 12 sewing projects.

What can children learn from it?

Childre will learn the basic stitches (running, blanket, slip, back and whip) and the tools needed (including measuring tape, stitch picker, rotary cutter and needle threader).

Then the book goes into the 12 sewing projects:

  • Denim pencil case
  • Book cover
  • Organiser
  • Tablet cover
  • Mobile phone cover
  • Tic-tac-toe
  • Batu Seremban (five stones)
  • Snakes and ladders
  • Hairband
  • Shopping bag
  • Key ring
  • Cushion

What did I like about it?

This is a good introduction to sewing for kids. The step-by-step instructions and photos for each project make it easy for most children to create their own sewing crafts.

Although each project has at least one step that involves the use of a sewing machine, I think parents can help children improvise and use one of the hand stitches instead.

I remember vaguely enjoying stitching as a child in upper primary so I’m quite happy to see this book on the shelves. It will hopefully encourage children to pick up sewing. Although there is a lot of emphasis on learning technology-linked skills, I think sewing and cooking are living skills that will help our kids when they grow up. Even if they don’t end up sewing their own clothes, they can use their sewing knowledge to sew on buttons and darn small holes.

Speaking of which, I wish the author had included how to darn holes and even patchwork items.

Where to get it?

Major bookstores like MPH. Price is RM29.90.

Should you get it?

Yes. Great for the upcoming school holidays.