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Sewing with Felt

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Sewing with Felt by Buff McAllister, Photographs by Hank Schneider (Boyds Mill Press, 2003).

Ages 9-12

I don't know how to sew, so when I do it anyway, I like to use felt. Cut it, sew it, you're done. Felt is cheap, easy to find, and comes in lots of great colors. Best of all, it doesn't unravel.

Sewing with Felt is a clever book with projects that are both truly easy and worth doing. The book teaches kids basic hand-sewing stitches and includes 60+ projects. Projects are graded as easy, a little harder, etc. There are useful household items like drink coasters and place mats, costume and clothing projects, and decorative items. Some use patterns included in the back of the book, which have to be enlarged on a photocopier and cut out.

I think you could also adapt the projects to teach beginning machine sewing.

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