Friday, November 15, 2013

Simple Glasses Case & Simple Sewing by Katie Lewis

My daughter Katie has been super excited about her Auntie Katie's (hereafter called Katie Lewis to distinguish her from my Katie) brand new sewing book coming out.  Everyday for a week, she'd come home from school and the first thing she'd ask was whether the book had come in the mail.  (Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy by the publisher, but I had already ordered my own.  All opinions are my own.)

At long last, it did come, and Katie got right to work browsing through the projects.  I had looked through the projects ahead of time, and really every single one of them is easy.  I felt comfortable giving Katie free reign to choose any project she wanted from the book.

Katie initially chose some other projects, but when she found this Geeky Chic Glasses in Lavender fabric by Riley Blake available from Quilt Sandwich Fabrics, she just had to use it...and the glasses case seemed the perfect fit for the project.

Katie's eyesight is so poor that she wears her glasses ALL the time...and since she's also a bedtime-reader, she often falls asleep with them on.  We're hoping have a fun case she's made herself will help her remember to take them off before she goes to bed.

Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners really does have amazing instructions.  There are step-by-step photographs for every step.  I had Katie read the instructions and then tell me what she was going to do next, so i could make sure she understood.  Sewing with my daughter Katie, has been a challenge for me because she doesn't always like to follow directions from Mom.  I was really surprised what a difference it made having the instructions come from the book.

Besides very clear step-by-step instructions for each project, Katie's Lewis's book, also has a section on basic sewing skills and terminology, so a beginner can quickly learn the vocabulary necessary for following the instructions.

Even though Katie is my oldest, she has the shortest attention span for sewing projects.  The projects in this book were the perfect length...short enough to hold her attention, but also big enough that she really felt proud of herself when she was finished.

The only thing we altered in this pattern was the addition of a button and button hole.  Since Katie's child-sized glasses are a little smaller, we didn't want them to slip out.  Plus Katie thought it was really fun to sew the button on herself.  I helped her with the button-hole, although I bet next time she could do it.

My Katie doesn't know it yet...but our copy of the book is going to end up under the Christmas tree for her with a little bundle of her own fabric.  I can't wait to see what she dreams up.

You can purchase a copy of Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners at your local bookstore or at the following places online:

Be sure to check out all the other bloggers participating in the Simple Sewing Blog Tour, especially Jess at Craftiness is Not Optional who is also posting today.  Each blogger participating is giving away a free copy, so there are lots of chances to win.

All three of my kids have already chosen another project they want to do (each different).  Any guesses what these fabrics will turn into?

You can see Becca & Seth's I-Spy Bean bags from the book here (and find out how you can get a free set of 24 I-Spy Squares with your purchase of the book.)
I-Spy Bean Bags from Simple Sewing by Katie Lewis

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  1. Perfect fabric for the project. Good job, Katie! Your glasses case turned out great!!

  2. Katie did such a great job sewing her glasses case!

  3. I really love the fabrics chosen! Such a great project, and she did a great job!


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