I loved to sew when I was a child and when I get a spare moment now I still enjoy sewing, especially cross stitch. So I knew I would love Trixi Symonds book Sew Together Grow Together.
Sew Together Grow Together is a collection of hand-sewing projects that Trixi Symonds has developed over 20 years based on her experience in classes and workshops with children. It is designed for parents and children to work together and no sewing experience is necessary. They are quick projects that can be finished in an afternoon and they are all hand sewn, so no sewing machines required!
When I showed James the book, he couldn't wait to get started, but we faced a little challenge - finding my fabric stash! After recently moving, we still have quite a lot of
We decided to start with the Star Bub from the Star Mum and Bub project which is the first project in the book. James had lots of fun sorting through all the fabrics to find the perfect pattern for his Star Bub. He thought a starry fabric would be ideal for his new star friend.
What I really loved about Sew Together Grow Together is how straightforward the instructions are. It is ideal for sewers and non-sewers alike. The Techniques and Stitches section of the book were very useful in getting prepared for the project and included some very useful hints and tips. I also like that you don't have to rigidly follow the procedure, and you can tweak, tailor and embellish your project to suit your child.
James read through the instructions on his own and with a little guidance from me he was able to complete the entire project by himself, which he loved. It really is such a wonderful opportunity to work together to create something special and such a lovely experience sewing together.
Voila! He had created his very own little star friend.
I think it turned out really well. James was so proud of his creation. He has well and truly caught the sewing bug! He has been flicking through the book to choose his next project which we will be working on in the upcoming school holidays (only a few days to go - Yippee!!).
Sew Together Grow Together is a wonderful reminder that hand-sewing is not hard at all and it can a fun and relaxing experience for both adults and kids alike. If you are looking for an activity for the kids to do at home during these school holidays, I can highly recommend Sew Together Grow Together.
You can purchase the book via Trixi's etsy page or via Dymocks and other good book shops.
Also make sure you drop by Trixi's blog Coloured Buttons for more wonderful sewing tutorials and where you can also find out about the amazing sewing workshops for kids that Trixi runs.
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Disclosure: I was provided with a digital review copy of this book by the author. My opinions, as always, are my own.