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!