Sew Fun: Book review and giveaway!


Hi sewing friends! This is Sarah from Blue Susan Makes signing on to share a fun sewing book with you today. Sew Fun by Deborah Fisher just came out from Interweave Press and you can find out more about it {here}. This book is just what the title says, SEW FUN… full of sewing projects to make with your family.

One of my favorite things about this book is that it has tips on how the let your kids help with the creating on each project as well as a section that teaches YOU how to have FUN sewing with children.

My copy of Sew Fun arrived on St. Patrick’s Day. We had some down time after school and my son asked if he could make a leprechaun…with the sewing machine. “Actually” I said, “I just got a book in the mail today that has a pattern we could use to make one” And that’s just what we did. We got straight to work putting together a leprechaun using the Fun Friends from Odds and End pattern.

We trimmed the skirt points to make his body more rectangular and added on some yarn for a beard. My son did all the fabric choosing and sewing up until it came time to put the whole thing together. We’re pretty proud of our accomplishment.

I also couldn’t resist sewing up some cute Little Smiles Bunnies. Just in time for Easter! They are small just, 7 inches tall. The perfect size to slip into an Easter basket or into the curious hands of our newest little cousin.

Sew Fun also has other amazing projects from dolls and art quilts to play accessories and funny feet slippers. 

Next on our to do list is this Topsy Turvy Story Quilt where you turn your child’s artwork into simple appliques.

Now you can have a little fun too because we get to give a copy away to one lucky reader.  Just leave a comment below to enter. Tell us who you your favorite person to sew with is… can’t wait to hear! 

This giveaway will end on Monday March 31st at 10:00 pm Eastern, the same day that our Patchwork Bags Craftsy class giveaway ends too… enter both to be doubly lucky. 🙂

Happy Sewing!

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  1. I love sewing with my best friend. We’ve made Halloween costumes, curtains, bags, and apparel together over the past few years. We laugh, drink some wine, draft/sketch and sew! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂 mfrapp_83 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  2. I like to sew with my friend. She is online when I need an advice or to discuss fabric choice or whatever is needed. Thx.

  3. i am currently trying to teach myself how to sew/quilt (as well as crochet, tunisian crochet, etc, etc) and i do not have anyone to sew with – sad, i know

  4. kim leavens says:

    My favorite person to sew with is my daughter who is 13. She doesn’t sew a lot but when we sew together it is the best!!! 🙂

  5. Susan Zakanycz says:

    My favorite person to sew with is my sister.

  6. Ellen Taylor Barth says:

    My favorite person to sew with was my grandmother who taught me how to sew!

  7. Kate Erbach says:

    Sewing with my mom has always been a great joy. At 85 she still makes clothes for me, my sister and herself. My forte is in dolls and quilts so together we can make just about anything.

  8. Sewing with my grandma, who taught me, has given me the best memories.

  9. My favorite person to sew with is my friend Teresa! She is always encouraging and is much better at math than I am – I need that sometimes!

  10. Sherry Prost says:

    My favorite person to sew with is my 11 year old granddaughter. She is always so excited to learn something new and create something for her little cousins.

  11. Rita Werner says:

    My favorite person to sew with is actually SIX people! Two years ago I started teaching three 9 year old girls how to sew in a group I called God’s Girls. I also teach them Christian values and encourage them to grow as "godly girls" as they face trials of coning teen tears. I hope their love of sewing will last their whole lives. God’s Girls has doubled in size and I now have 6 girls I teach from ages 9 to 11, with three more waiting till they turn 9 to join. People compliment me for what I do for the girls, but I think I’m the one who benefits the most! These girls are such a joy to me! And their creativity at this age never ceases to amaze me! I am SO blessed! So I’d love to win this book to use with my God’s Girls. thanks.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Oh my gosh- without a doubt my favorite person to sew with is my lovely daughter in law Brieanna! I raised three wonderful boys, but always longed for a daughter who would share my love of sewing. Five years ago I was truly blessed when Brie came into our lives! I taught Brie how to sew. Her eyes lit up with excitement every step of the way. She was in love with sewing and FABRIC!! Two Christmas’s ago Brie’s constant mantra was "all I want for Christmas is a sewing machine!" We answered her plea with every family member on both sides going in on it, and presented her with a beautiful Viking sewing machine! As I write this, Brie and I are tucked away at my cabin in Northern MN happily quilting, and sharing our mad passion – quilting and sewing!

  13. I don’t have anyone to sew with anymore. It was my mom when she was alive.

  14. Holly Chewning says:

    My mom although my 6 year old has been asking to sew.

  15. Felicia Balezentes says:

    My mom doesn’t really sew anymore (she’s 79) and my sister has just started sewing again (she’s 54) so we text and talk on the phone a lot about it (she lives an hour away). My daughter is five and I’m ready for her to sew, but I’m not sure she’s ready. I would love for this book to be the launch of my daughter’s love of sewing. (She already likes to be with me while I sew, and she has her own play ironing board and iron, and she knows the sewing machine in the corner is hers when the time comes!)

  16. My 10 year old daughter is just getting interested in sewing. She designed some clothes for her favorite stuffed bear as her first project. Looking forward to many more to come!

  17. My almost 7 year old granddaughter wants desperately to learn to sew because she wants to be a fashion designer. She’ll be taking lessons soon and this book would be such a fun thing for her to have in her "sewing library." And we’d so enjoy making some of the projects together. 🙂

  18. I love to sew with my daughter

  19. robin lalone says:

    My favorite person to sew with is my Daughter (22). She has the best eye for colors. My youngest Son (14) has a great eye for design. Between the two of them quilting is fun.

  20. The person I would have fun to sew with is my granddaughter. Since my daughter has never shown any wish of learning how to sew, my granddaughter is the complete opposite. She like to do anything that brings fun and I’m sure she would try all of the projects if we would have this book ☺

  21. Lisa Barrett Cecil says:

    I love sewing with my friends! I hope to win this adorable book.

  22. Lisa Barrett Cecil says:

    I love sewing with my friends! I hope to win this adorable book.

  23. My favorite person ever to sew with is my grandma. Unfortunately we now leave half a country apart and I miss her terribly. I had a friend who I loved to sew with, but she moved. 🙁 So now it is just myself who I get to sew with, as none of my friends locally really sew. But I was recently blessed with a daughter, so hopefully she’ll be my sewing buddy in time. 🙂

  24. I would love to sew with my grand daughter and daughter. Such fun.
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  25. Bradlee jennings says:

    My favorite person to sew with is my little girl, she is t old enough to sew yet but is very interested.

  26. I love to sew with my four year old by my side singing her favorite songs, with hand actions each time I take my foot off the pedal 🙂

  27. Marissa dsouza says:

    I loved sewing with my mother and now my 1.5 yr old daughter has started showing keen interest whenever I sew. Looking at her interest now, I know she will soon be my sewing partner.

  28. amy mayen says:

    I don’t have any real life sewing friends, but I do love collaborating with my daughter on clothing projects. She tells me how old and uncool I am and I tell her how my generation already did everything hers is doing 🙂 it’s how we bond, over fashion!!

  29. says:

    I have 2 good friends that I like to make quilts with but we don’t often get the chance because of differing schedules. But if I should win this book I would use it with my 10yo niece. I’ve taught her cross stitch and she is eager to learn more sewing and crafting.

  30. This book looks like Sew (much) Fun!! My daughter has been wanting to start sewing a bit with me, so some of these projects would be a great way for her to do that and have tons of fun! Definitely getting the book – (hope I win it!) whether I win it or buy it!

  31. Beverly C says:

    I don’t have a sewing buddy right now, but am looking forward to sewing with my granddaughter in a couple of years.

  32. I love to sew with my daughter and granddaughter. The book Sew Fun has neat projects that would be fun to make with them.

  33. My dog! He keeps me company. My son isn’t old enough yet.

  34. Judith Martinez says:

    I love sewing with my oldest daughter. We share ideas and it’s really fun.

  35. I was just on a quilting retreat with the fabulous women from my guild – I just love having extended time and great company for sewing!

  36. I loved sewing with my mum

  37. Paulina Tokarczyk says:

    Hello, that book looks like a lot of fun. When I was a kid I did some sewing for my dolls and of course my mum was helping me out. Now the roles changed a bit and it’s my almost 5-year old son that comes to me and wants to do some sewing together :).

  38. Elizabeth says:

    Love sewing with my ten year old daughter who creates amazing projects without patterns.

  39. Lori Michel says:

    My favorite person to sew with is my granddaughter Trinidy. She in now 11 years old and has been sewing with me since she was 4 years old. She loved to lace up the cards we made for her to learn hand stitich techniques, and went on to stitching in hoops, pictures from family and friends. She now loves to knit hats in the winter and making scarfs in the summer with her friends that She has taught how to hand stitch. She likes to design her own pilows, curtians and quilts. She carries her composition book with her on the school bus every day. She is going to become a talented sewist before she can drive…..

  40. I like to Sew-Along with SewCanShe!!!:)

  41. Kylie Carlson says:

    I love to sew with my mother, sister, and niece- we get together for family craft nights to keep one another going on our separate projects or to work on something together.

  42. Carmen Nuland says:

    My daughter isn’t old enough to sew with me yet, but I can’t wait to teach her!

  43. Barbara Smith says:

    My mom is my favorite (besides my quilting group), but we have such a history together, me at her floor next to her machine playing with scraps graduating to years of sharing our hobby. She is now 94, and has passed down all her sewing treasures, and I am hoping to draw my little grandaughter in, she already says "wow" when she opens my thread drawer and sees all the pretty color. I am getting lots of ideas from you and appreciate the new generation of stitchers.

  44. Cindy Dahlgren says:

    Right now I have no one to sew with, unless you count my 25 year old sons, and I don’t think they’re interested yet. So, I have to be happy sewing with myself for now.

  45. Nicole Sender says:

    What a fun book! My sister is my sewing partner!

  46. Natalie Chan says:

    I sew with my mum…but I am also hoping to start up a craft book at my churvh

  47. My nieces love to come to my house to sew. Makes me very happy.

  48. Looks like a lot of fun!!!

  49. Wow! What great stories, everyone! Thank you for your interest in Sew Fun!

  50. I’ve always loved sewing with my god-daughter. When she was little, she’d draw things and I’d sew them; now she is 20 and sewing her own cool stuff, but we still like to make a project together when ever we see each other.

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