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Book Review: Sew Tina!: 30 Cute Projects & Adorable Decor Items for Kids by Tina Givens

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When my daughter was much younger, I made her several cute outfits that I was extremely proud of. I’m far from an expert seamstress but I think that they came out pretty well all things considered. If you enjoy making outfits and decor for children, you need to check out Sew Tina!: 30 Cute Projects & Adorable Decor Items for Kids by Tina Givens.

This gorgeous hardcover book is put together so that all of the patterns are in an envelope on the inside front cover. This means that you don’t have to worry about them being difficult to photocopy because the binder of the book won’t lay flat. Children’s projects are broken down into two categories: For the Little Ones and For the Bigger Ones. There are sections for templates, fabric resources, acknowledgements, about the author and a metric conversion chart.

The introduction contains helpful information on sizing, a basic sewing kit, pleating, gathering, ruffles, binding, decorative elements, mitering corners, applique, raw edges, turning tools, hemming, quilting, topstitching, and making patch pockets. Each instruction has written directions as well as easy to understand drawings to follow along with.

Each project has a photograph of the finished project, adorable drawings, and a detailed materials and tools list. There is also information on which sizes the projects can be created for so you know if it will work for your child. The instructions are so easy to follow because there are very detailed written directions along with numbered drawings and the templates/patterns as well. There are even adorable cloth books that would make wonderful gifts for the child in your life. I found a great variety of projects for both boys and girls. There’s even a play date tote that Mom could use!

There’s a great variety of projects collected in Sew Tina!, including booties, outfits, a Moses basket, hats, and even crib quilts. If you have a little one you want to sew for, this book will definitely inspire you to create and give you the information you need to get started. I would say that you’d probably need to have at least some sewing experience to do these projects but you certainly don’t need to be an expert.

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About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media. You can find her at http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ and http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com/.