It felt so good to sew something simple.
I mean, I love sewing complex outfits like this corduroy vest and these herringbone shorts, but sometimes my brain starts to hurt and I just want to sit down and feel the whirr of my sewing machine. Sometimes I just want to look at pretty fabric and simple designs and make something in half an hour. Know what I mean?
This is one reason I was so excited when my friend Katie of The Red Kitchen published her first book! It’s called, wait for it… Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners. I wish I’d had a book like this when I first started sewing! It’s filled with beautiful pictures, inspiring projects, all my favorite colors, and great tips.
The book contains 30 projects, many of which can be finished in 30 minutes. I made 12 of these bean bags in about 2 hours. It was so fun and soothing to sit and talk to my husband while filling bean bags.
One of my favorite things about the book is Katie’s first section in the book called, Before You Begin. It’s full of tips and tricks, sewing terms, techniques, and stitches. Since this book was written with beginning sewers in mind, she covers all the basics and includes some really helpful tricks in there, too. This is one reason this book would have been so helpful when I started sewing!
I chose to sew the simple bean bags from Katie’s book because I plan on giving them to my kids as stocking stuffers. As you can see in the photo below, they are also perfect for holding open book pages! (Or perhaps they would make great pattern weights for all you sewers out there?? Oh wait, that’s all of us!)
I’m so excited to give these to the kids. I chose some of their favorite fabrics and plan on teaching them some old fashioned bean bag games. We have a really fun rug in our living room that would be perfect for a game of Bean Bag Toss, and tile floors that are perfect for sliding these little bags of bean-y goodness.
Katie doesn’t specify a certain type of beans to use, which is great because it gives you the option to use whatever you have on hand. I tried three kinds of beans (all dried, from the bulk bin at our grocery store): kidney beans, black beans, and split peas. I pulled all of these out of my cupboard where they have been sitting since my bean-soaking obsession last year.
All of Hudson’s bean bags are filled with kidney beans, which are the largest of the three. Abby’s are filled with either black beans or split peas. My favorite bags are the split pea ones, which are softer because of the smaller beans. They feel so nice in my hands!
There are a few other projects I plan on trying from the Simple Sewing book, like this swaddling blanket. Did I mention the beautiful photography??
You really can’t go wrong with this book. All of the projects are things you will actually use and will give you a chance to grow in your sewing ability. Like I told Katie earlier, I plan on using this book to teach my kids to sew!
In the meantime though, it’s mine, all mine. Muahaha.
You can buy Simple Sewing here:
Or…. maybe you will win it from me because this week I’m giving away a copy of Simple Sewing, YAY! All you have to do is enter using the box below. (The giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only.)
And also…my awesome friend Kristin of Skirt as Top and Taylor of It’s Taylor Made are also sharing book reviews and giveaways today, so head on over to read and enter again! Thanks so much for reading and GOOD LUCK!
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. As always, I give only my honest opinion!