Friday, October 11, 2013

Book Nook - Sewing School 2

Summer is over, so it's time to snuggle up with a good book and get some projects done!  This week we're reviewing  Sewing School 2 by Amie Petronis Plumley and  Andria Lisle.  If you have kids or grandkids that are interested in learning to sew, then this is the book for you! The book is intended to help kids master sewing with a machine, and they can easy follow along with the instructions and step-by-step photos.

The authors, Amie and Andria, teach a Sewing School day Camp each summer, and had the kids test all of these projects.  If you'd like to find out more about the authors, visit the Sewing School blog at

 The book starts off with an introduction for the adults, then a welcome for the kids.  Following that, there are twelve lessons for the kids that will teach them how to use the book, how to choose a machine, what you should have in your sewing kit, etc.  Lesson Thirteen is a "pop quiz" of three simple projects that will test what the kids learned from the first twelve lessons.  After that, it's time for the projects!

There are 20 projects in all, and they are divided into four different categories - In My Room, Let's Go, Time To Play, and The Great Outdoors.  The projects are rated by difficulty.  We especially love the stuffed guitar in the Time To Play section!

 The book itself has a covered spiral binding, which means it lays flat when it opens - very handy when you're trying to follow along on a project.  It also has patterns inside the back cover for all the projects that need one.  Overall, we give this book a "two thimbles up"!

Thanks to Storey Publishing, we have a copy of this book 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, Oct 24th, 2013 at 5 pm Eastern time. Good luck!


  1. I help teach the 4-H kids to sew and this would be a great resource.
    Loretta Tejkl
    Leigh, NE

  2. Wow! I'd love to have this to use with my niece now and my kids when they're a little older!
    Samantha Taylor
    Rock Valley, IA

  3. I've been teaching my nephew, 12, to quilt. He's done well so far, but it would be fun to have more projects for him, as well as things he could make as gifts. It would be fun to share more with him!

  4. My 7 year old son love to sew. We are always looking for new ideas.

    Marie Waterman, Rowlett, Texas

  5. I'd love to share this book with my 6 kiddos! We'd have a blast! Thanks for the chance!

  6. I'd love to win this to be able to better help my granddaughter learn to sew.

  7. My daughter just turned 9 and is wanting to learn how to sew. I think this would be a great book for her.

  8. perfect I want one.
    Debra Neiman Fletcher, OK
    crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  9. Would love to have this to teach my granddaughters how to sew and quilt (and I'm sure there's some information in there that I could learn from, too!

  10. I would love a resource to teach my grandkids how to sew and this one looks great.

    Sheri Fowler
    Greenfield, CA

  11. My daughter didn't get the sewing gene, so it has been difficult for her to learn, even though a few of us have tried to teach her. She is 20 now and still regrets not being able to sew. I think this book might help her.
    Lisa Cowell
    Genoa OH

  12. I have two granddaughters 9 and 11, and I would love to pass along my love of sewing (and quilting) to them. Fran Wiest

  13. I would love to give this to my granddaughter. Carol Yemola, Drums, PA

  14. I would love to have this while I am teaching my six year old son to sew!
    Jamie Fukofuka
    Peachtree City, GA

  15. I'd love to win this because well honestly I'm sure this would help me learn to sew! I'm still trying to figure out my machine and how to do things lol and I figure I could pass it along to my daughter when she gets old enough :D

    Joy Person
    Olympia, Washington

  16. I learned to sew in high school in Home Ec class. I made a lovely skirt. I even wore it to school. I didn't have a sewing machine and never pursued sewing. Three years ago I decided to buy a machine. After it sat for almost two years, I found a quilting class and started sewing. I should never have waited as I now love sewing.

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    1. tried to edit my comment?? I would use it to help me teach my grand daughter to sew. I am from Florida.
      Thunder Kaplan

  18. My granddaughter LOVES to sew and wants to earn enough money to buy her very own machine. This would be a great book for her! Thanks a bunch for the chance to win! ☺

    Maree Whitley, Stanfield, NC

  19. Would loooove this book!! My Grangirlie is almost 7...and wants to learn to sew on machine with me! Cool book to work with together! :)

    Lori Morton
    Mansfield, Ohio

  20. The last two summers I have had the pleasure to teach my neighbor's granddaughter (now 10 years old) to sew and quilt. She is 7 hours away and this would be a great helper for her!

  21. Thanks for the chance.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com
    Mayville, MI

  22. We homeschool our girls and my girls are very interested in learning to sew. So this is right up their alley.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    Jennifer Fraunfelder
    Mobile, Alabama
    Jennifer (dot) fraunfelder (at) gmail (dot) com

  23. My granddaughter would love this book. She is a sewing nut at age 9 and I want to keep her enthusiasm going.

  24. My daughter and I have been working through sewing school number one and she is on love.. we are almost through with book one and she would be so excited to get book two.
    Nikita Smith Clyde, Tx.

  25. I sewed with 6 grandchildren this summer. We had a great time. Each child picked their own project. There are several more grandhcildren who would like to join in. It would be such a help to have a good list of doable projects like Sewing School 2. So fun. Thanks. Barbara Corry, Cedar, UT

  26. Would love this for my 7 year old granddaughter. Thanks for the chance to get this for her!

  27. I homeschool my 5 daughters and we would love to have this.

  28. My 5 year old granddaughter loves to "help" me sew, and I'm always looking for new patterns that she would enjoy making as well as cherishing the finished project for years to come.

  29. My 3 yo loves to sew on his "toy" singer (that really sews!) - I'd love to have this to help me teach him as he gets older.
    Rebecca Van Horn, Rochester, NY