Tuesday, November 12, 2013

MY BOOK!! -- Simple Sewing: 30 Fast & Easy Projects for Beginners -- Blog Tour Kick Off + A Giveaway!

IT'S FINALLY HERE!!! Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners by Katie Lewis! Oh snap!--that's my name IN PRINT friends! (happy squeal!)

After hearing me dream, despair, whine, brag, and sneak peeks of my book all year long, I am so happy to finally be able to share it with you! And just in time for the holidays! Hooray!

Lunch Napkins -- page 125

Scrap Flag Garland -- page 71

Knot Headband -- page 35
psst! That's the lovely April Rhodes!

I started writing Simple Sewing about two years ago. In the photo above, the notebook on the left is the original, hand-written copy of what is now Simple Sewing. That little notebook represents countless hours of work down in my little basement studio, dreaming up projects, testing prototypes, and making notes about what to change and how to make things better. There are notes and doodles for somewhere around 70+ projects in that little notebook. Only the very best 30 made it into the finished book.

I love this picture. In the background you can see my hand-written instructions for the Bean Bags (page 161), in the foreground you can see the final project printed in the book. This, my friends, is quite literally a dream come true.

Any book that makes it all the way to publication is a labor of love, not just from the author, but from family, friends, editors, designers, and more, and this book is no exception. It's no exaggeration to say that I really couldn't have done this without my wonderful husband, Bryan. He tested projects for the book. He spent his spring break at home playing with our daughter while I worked my booty off taking step-by-step photos and editing until the wee hours of the night. He helped me keep going when I felt like giving up. But most of all, he never doubted I could do it and he always always treated my book with as much respect as his own career. I love you, Bry. I love you a whole whole lot. Marriage is the absolute best.

Ahem. Sorry to get all mushy. But when you have a husband as awesome as mine you've just gotta brag about him sometimes. :)

Basic Tote Bag -- page 25

And while we're still in bragging mode, I have to take a minute to brag about Suzanne Gipson who took all of the beautiful cover photos for the book. She put up with me and my silly whims and her photos complete this book in a truly beautiful way. Thank you Suzanne!

Okay, enough already. Let's talk about the book!

It has two main parts. The first part of the book, called "Before You Begin," is full of photos and helpful instructions for navigating your basic sewing supplies. The rest of the book is 6 chapters chock-full of super fun and simple projects that are easy for anyone to complete.

Ready for a look inside?! Let's do it! ...

Because this book is written with true beginners in mind, in the beginning of the book I walk you through all of your basic sewing supplies and how to use each item.

I also cover some sewing terms and good techniques for building quality sewing skills.

And I share some of my favorite tricks for making sewing just that much easier.

There are 6 chapters in the book:
  1. Accessories
  2. Home
  3. Celebrations
  4. Baby
  5. School Days
  6. Toys
The title page for each chapter shows you all of the projects included in that chapter to give you a quick visual overview of what you'll find there.

Each and every project in the book includes the following:
  • a full-page color photograph of the project
  • a list of all the materials you'll need for that project
  • how to prepare the pieces for your project
  • a full set of step-by-step photos and written instructions to guide you along every step of the way
  • a simple photo of what the project should look like when you're finished

The step-by-step photos + written instructions are great for showing you exactly what each step of the project looks like, so you shouldn't feel lost or left behind at any point. Hallelujah, right? It's all the benefits of reading a well-written blog tutorial without having to get online. This format for easy project instructions is what I've been craving in sewing books for years and I'm thrilled to be able to offer it to you in this book!

Now let's have a peek at a project or two from each chapter, shall we?

Chapter 1: Accessories
These Simple Bows (page 17) are perfect for boys or girls! Or grown up girls! (Confession: I wear them all the time.) And aren't they adorable here on Olivia's friends? These kids are just the cutest.

Chapter 2: Home
This fun little Pillow Pincushion (page 59) is perfect for corralling all those loose pins and adding a cheery touch to your sewing table.

Chapter 3: Celebrations
Planning to make stockings for your family this year? This classic Stocking (page 83) couldn't be any easier! And with a great basic pattern, there's so much room for customizing things to your own style.

Invite your kids to help you tell the Christmas story with these fun Felt Nativity Puppets (page 89). Instructions and patterns are included for Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, but you can easily make an angel, wise men, and shepherds by tweaking the patterns to your own liking. Perfect for little hands!

Chapter 4: Baby
The Reversible Bib (page 97) is such a fast sew! Make a stack and give them to your friends at baby showers or keep a stock pile at home for your own little ones!

Chapter 5: School Days
Help your kids keep track of their pencils with this perfect little Pencil Pouch (page 129). The simple way it comes together makes this project both sturdy and quick to make! It's fully-lined and holds up to eight standard size pencils. Make one for colored pencils and one for plain!

Chapter 6: Toys
These Bean Bags (page 161) are of my very favorite projects. Perhaps because I started learning to sew by making wonky little bean bags when I was a little girl and now my daughter and I love to make them together. In my opinion, you can really never have too many bean bags. And they're perfect for so many fun games and imaginary play!

A handful of projects in the book require the use of patterns, which you'll find at the back of the book. The patterns are all sized to 100%, so there's no need to size them up or down. Just copy them straight out of the book using tracing paper or tissue paper and a pencil and you're all set to go!

And I really can't take any credit for this because it was totally the doing of my awesome designer, but look at those great tabs! The color-coded tabs make it easy to locate chapters within the book so you can find just what you're looking for. And--hello!--so fun to have a cheery little rainbow on the edge of the book! I love when happy design meets function.

And, just because it wouldn't be a full look at the book without it, here's the back cover. :)

I have loved writing this book and creating projects and instructions to share with you that really are fast, easy, and perfect for beginners. I hope you enjoy using it as much as I enjoyed creating it for you!

Looking for a great gift this holiday season? Give the gift of creativity with a copy of Simple Sewing! Or buy a copy for yourself and whip up handmade projects for everyone on your list this year! Even if you're an accomplished seamstress, this book makes it easy to start with a basic project and add your own style and embellishments without having to take the time to start from scratch.

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:

Or if you're feeling lucky, enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a free copy!
(Note: This giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only.)

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Thanks so much for stopping by! When you get your copy, please take a moment to leave a review on the website you ordered it from so others will know what to expect. 

Follow the Simple Sewing blog tour!
Be sure to check back from now until Dec. 6th (Mon-Fri) to check out all the amazing stops along the Simple Sewing blog tour! 2-3 of your favorite bloggers will be sharing their own versions of projects from the book and each one will give you another chance to win a free copy of the book! Keep up with the book tour by following me on Facebook or Instagram (@theredkitchenkatie).

Also, when you get your copy or make projects from the book, use the hashtag #simplesewing30 on Instagram and Twitter to share your Simple Sewing projects with others! Can't wait to see what you make!

Happy (simple) sewing!



CK Morgan said...

Looks amazing! My favorite is the title page you posted!

Emily said...

Love this! Love you, love your fabulous book (it is amazing!!!), love that I already own mine so I can start sewing, love that you made your dream come true!

Kristie said...

I so want this book. My 6 year old has been dying to sew, and this is the perfect starting point for her! Thanks!

Sew Much Ado said...

Woohoo! My copy arrived last night, and it was so fun to look through! You did a fabulous job!!!

Cassandra said...

I was already excited about getting your book for our library, but now I'm over the moon! You addressed all of my issues with any DIY books, regardless of topic. Things like no pictures of the final product, only pictures and no text to explain the images, assuming the reader has more background knowledge than they do, and providing patterns that then need to be enlarged to be useful (how many people actually know how to do that?).

Anyway, I am very excited to get the book (and may have to order a few myself for gifts!!!).

Julie Rosenhan said...

Oh Katie! This is sooooo incredibly exciting! I'm so happy for you and your dreams coming true! What a great book!

The Jessee Journal said...

Congrats! What a beautiful finished product and an awesome accomplishment :D:D

Amanda said...

I'm soooo excited about your book!! I'm going to make the bean bags to give my daughter's preschool teacher for Christmas.

Congratulations - your hard work payed off big time!!

Bridget said...

Wow, it looks great! Congratulations.

Shelly said...

I am so proud of you! This is so awesome and such a great accomplishment! Good job!

Kari said...

What a gorgeous book! I will definitely have to check it out :)