Good morning! I hope you all had a great weekend. Today, I'd like to share some thoughts (and a project) about Sew Tina!, a recently published sewing book generously sent to me by our partner Lark Crafts.
Sew Tina! 30 Cute Projects & Adorable Decor Items For Kids by Tina Givens features clothing, accessories and decor projects for kids age newborn to roughly 8 years old. The book is broad and spiral-bound for easy use while sewing (yay!), and comes with 18 full-size patterns in the inside pocket (just trace and cut, and you're good to go!).
Sew Tina! starts with a brief but thorough section on techniques like pleating, gathering, binding, mitering corners, with lovely drawn instructions. The projects are then split into two sections: for the Little Ones and the Bigger Ones. Tina Givens' adorable illustrations pepper the pages.
While I've made a lot of baby gifts over the past few years, I continue to be hesitant about making clothing for kids or myself. Well, until I read this book! Tina's voice is so fun and encouraging, you can't help but be swayed by her enthusiasm and confidence that you'll do just fine. She's warm, funny and definitely not fussy. Her fabric designs and illustrations are a good reflection of her attitude: exuberant, playful and upbeat.
In Tina's own words, this is a book "in which I celebrate sewing for kids". The patterns are whimsical and fun, perfect for playtime but stylish too. The clothes are roomy and meant to grow with the child. Tina gives the reader little tips throughout, including confidence-boosting gems like: "Remember to use your judgment and enjoy the creative journey, people!"
Some of my personal favorite projects include the Squeaky Cap and Booties (unbearably cute!), the awesome Moses Basket (wish I had seen this when I was still pregnant!), the Baby Lounge Suits and the Maryjane Booties.
There are cool projects like wall art, a soft book, a simple quilt and a Sleeping Bag with Tote (definitely making that for Ben when we start sleepovers). I am pretty sure I won't be able to stop myself from making the Reversible Skirt for my niece!
This past weekend, I made Ben the Dude Shorts.
I'm happy to report the pattern was super straightforward and the instructions easy to follow. I made a couple of small modifications (which I'll post about later this week in more detail). Below is a pic of the finished project, a little wrinkly after some fun in the sun. I'm so excited to have jumped into this clothes-making process. Ben has something new to wear for summertime and my sewing confidence has been boosted.
Full of unique projects and straightforward instructions, Sew Tina! is a book I'm happy to add to my crafty collection. I'll definitely be going back to it for baby gifts and future clothing projects for the kiddos!
You guessed it! Lark Crafts is giving away a copy of Sew Tina! to a lucky reader. And because we love our readers, we're pairing this book with fabric generously offered by our awesome new partner Alewives Fabrics (Have you visited their shop yet? Be prepared to drool!).
Alewives Fabrics is happy to be giving away to Jenny and Angel's readers a fat quarter set that we put together just for you! The "Pomegranate fat quarter set" contains 10 different fat quarters (measuring 18" x 22" and all in a 100% cotton quilting weight) from designers like Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, Liesl Gibson and of course, Tina Givens! The fat quarters are all in different shades of plum, deep red, tangerine and pink. Just right for many Sew Tina! patterns or any of your patchwork projects.
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