Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Book Nook: Kids' Crafternoon - Sewing

After a little hiatus, The Book Nook is back!  Every few weeks, we'll be reviewing a sewing-related book here on the blog.  Our choice for this installment is Kids' Crafternoon - Sewing: 25 Projects for a Crafty Afternoon.  It's edited by Kathreen Ricketson, and is one in a series of craft books featuring kid-friendly projects.


Kathreen Ricketson is the founder of WhipUp.net, the online handcraft hub, and Action-pack.com - a e-magazine for kids who want to do stuff. She has been featured on popular craft blogs such as Design*Sponge and Craftzine. 

The book starts off with the a sewing basics section, then goes over tools and materials.  There is also a section on safety, which I think is a great idea for a book aimed at kids.  After that, the projects begin!  There are 25 projects divided up among four categories: Fashion & Style, Play & Party, Read & Relax and Spruce Your Space.  Each project has a skill level, a time estimate for completion, and a list list of tools and materials.  There is a color picture of the finished project, and hand-drawn illustrations for the steps.

Depending on your fabric choices, I think the projects would appeal to a wide age range.  The book was only physically in the house for an hour before the almost-a-teenager ran off with it.  When she finally gave it back, I was informed that we would be making several projects in the book.  She especially loved the iPod and iPhone covers made of recycled sweaters!

The book itself has a covered spiral binding, which I love.  That means it lays flat when it opens - very handy when you're trying to follow along on a project.  It also has an envelope of templates inside the front cover - also very handy!  Keep in mind, however, that all of the measurements in the book are metric, so you'll have to do some converting.

We'd like to give you a chance to try this book out, so we've got a copy to give away! Leave a comment here telling us why you'd like to win it. Make sure the comment also includes your first name, last name, city and state so we can find you. Be sure to like us on Facebook as well, and fill out our contest registration form - the link is located on our Facebook page. Deadline for comments  is Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 5 pm Eastern time. Good luck!

12 comments:

  1. My Granddaughter is getting at the age that she wants to "help" with everything I do. I think this book will be great for her, so we can talk about the safety issues, as well as give her a variety of ideas, so she can find her own niche in the craft world.

    Kansas City, KS

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  2. I'm a bit of a novice at sewing, so I think this would be a great book to use with my kids, to grow and explore together!

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  3. I actually don't want to win this for myself (I don't have children of my own). I want to win this for my friends, Stephanie and Tyler, who have 3 kids. I think this is perfect for them as it'll give them some craft ideas for their family time. I love those guys a lot.
    Jessica Vaughn
    Fontana, CA

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  4. I want the book for my daughter, who works with children and is persuing her master's in teaching. I think it would be a great asset to her in her career. She loves to do crafts with them
    Carol Johnston
    Boise, Idaho

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  5. Carol Yemola, Drums, PAMay 2, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    This book would be great to share with my 3 granddaughters. No time like the present to get them involved in the craft world!

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  6. This book sounds fun. I'm going to be a grandma in a couple of weeks so I think this book would be great to have in my "grandma library".
    Tona Warner
    Seabeck, WA

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  7. My niece has 7 children, 4 are girls. I went thru my stash and mailed a BIG box of fabric for the two oldest. This would be a great resource for them!
    Thanks
    Kathy Heaverlo
    Birch Bay Village
    Blaine WA

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  8. I'd like to win this book because I want to make superhero animal stuffies for my nieces. I love the examples on the cover. I`d make villains exactly like the superheroes, except they`d have detachable mustaches which fall off when they turn away from the DARK SIDE.

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  9. I'd like to win this book because I want to make superhero animal stuffies for my nieces. I love the examples on the cover. I`d make villains exactly like the superheroes, except they`d have detachable mustaches which fall off when they turn away from the DARK SIDE.

    Jennifer Adam
    Lanark, ONTARIO
    Canada.

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  11. We have a lot of little ones in the famly and this retired teacher is expected to keep them busy. I need new ideas.

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  12. I would love to give this book to my granddaughter so I can encourage her in the crafting experience. She shows great promise but needs a little help.

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