July is "Sew-a-Softie" month - and so is August!


Softies can be cute or scary or yummy looking, super easy or more complex. The Sew-a-Softie idea started as a way to encourage young people and adults who have never sewn to give it a try. It was started in Australia by Trixi Symonds, who continues to promote the idea on her website. For further encouragement, check out RedTedArt. On both sites you can find project ideas and sewing tutorials so you can get started right away – summer is already in full swing!

And, of course, the library also has resources to engage kids in this fun activity. Here are some books to check out:

sewingSewing School: 21 sewing projects kids will love to make by Amie Petronis Plumley & Andria Lisle This is a great starting place, with lots of tips and projects!

Sewing School 2: lessons in machine sewing by Amie Petronis Plumley & Andria Lisle This book is great for those ready to use a sewing machine!

sewingCreative Kids Complete Photo Guide to Sewing by Janith Bergeron

Sewing by Judy Ann Sadler

Seamless Sewing Projects by Veronica Yang

sewingKids Learn to Stitch by Lucinda Guy Sew something fanciful!

Get Quilting with Angela & Chloe: 14 Projects for Kids to Sew by Angela Walters

Mommy & Me Craft


Our eSource Creativebug has some great options for sewing with kids. Log in with your Alachua County Library account to access.   

These animal finger puppets are really cute!

finger puppets