Best Sewing Blogs, Books, and Patterns
Do You Like to Sew Clothing, or Quilts, or Baby Items, or Purses, or Something Else?
Sewing blogs and books are great for new sewing ideas, to keep your motivation high, or to get inspired in the first place. Some of the blogs and books may be for people with more advanced skills than you have right now--or than I will probably ever have. But they can still inspire. Happily there are now many blogs, books, and patterns full of ideas that are easy for anyone to do.
On this page, you will find blogs, books, patterns, and my own comments about all of them. I'm a librarian and I love to ferret out great information. I've got a section about Folkwear patterns because my sister-in-law Alexandra was one of the founders of the company. In this old photo, I'm wearing the first Folkwear pattern I made, a long dress from a tablecloth we had when I was a kid. The photo was taken by my husband, Kelly Hart. That dress eventually did wear out but I've used the same pattern several other times and still wear a couple of those dresses.
Best Sewing Blogs
There are so many sewing blogs! Many of them also discuss knitting, being a mom, cooking, and other topics. The first of these links is a great list of a dozen blogs that the writer loves. The second is a blog I love.
- 12 Sewing Blogs that inspire me to sew | Drama Queen Seams
"Hey,Â so today I have a list of 12 sewing blogs that inspire me to sew more... To sew pretty things that make me or my home feel and look beautiful. Â If you like to sew or want to learn how..."
- male pattern boldness
I thought from the name that this site was going to be something about how men could grow better hair, but now it's my personal favorite sewing blog! Its subtitle is "one man's sewing journey into the fantastic." This one makes me laugh, and that's
More Sewing Blogs I Like
- Sewaholic | Sewing projects, tips and inspiration for the modern seamstress
With patterns she designs, long distance sew-alongs, and more. Fun!
- The Selfish Seamstress
"Because I only want to sew stuff if it's for me" is the theme of this blog.
- Tilly and the Buttons
Includes a Learn to Sew section, along with things she has made.
- Sewing by the Seat of my Pants
"How much fun would I have if I always knew what I was doing?"
- Sew Scrumptious
A lot about sewing for kids.
If I Were Giving a Beginner One Sewing Book... - It would be this one.
This is by far the best sewing book for beginners! Diana Rupp founded the well-known Make Workshop, and I'm sure she is a great teacher because this book covers so many useful things so clearly. She even tells you how to sit at your machine without getting a backache! Plus lots and lots of tips and projects.
As a Librarian, I Can't Help Loving Books...
Sewing books are great references. I never buy them for my Kindle, as I always prefer to get them where they can be handy in my sewing area. Books make great gifts for friends who sew, but I probably buy more just for myself.
Spiral bound books are the best for things like step-by-step sewing tutorials, since they lie flat.
This list of books from Amazon includes some of the top rated books on sewing. If you click on one of them and go to Amazon, you can find more books on the same sewing topic, whatever it might be. All of the books I've chosen to list here are ones that have at least 20 favorable customer reviews, so you know you'll be getting something really worthwhile if you get one.
Best Sewing Books
Here's a Handy Book on Sewing Machines
Ever had trouble with the tension on your sewing machine? Learn from this book.
Choosing a Sewing Pattern
You have a lot of choices when it comes to finding a sewing pattern. You can get the old standbys, Simplicity, McCalls, Butterick, and Vogue. You can get sewing patterns from newer companies... there are hundreds if not thousands of them. Quite a few of the blogs give away or sell patterns as well.
So what to do? You can look around here, you can look around local stores, you can explore the link I give you just below.
Do check the difficulty level on any pattern, especially if your skills are beginner level. Also, I love to buy patterns that I can make in different ways for different looks. The second thing I make from a pattern is about twice as easy as the first! And later ones get even easier, I find.
Patternreview.com reviews thousands of sewing patterns.
It's a great resource for seeing what other people have thought about patterns. You can join for free, as I did, or you can join with a fee to get access to more.
Sewing Patterns & Sewing Machines. Sewing Machine Reviews and Sewing Pattern Reviews. Sewing Classes, Sewing Tips and Techniques.
Some of the Best Sewing Patterns at Amazon
These have excellent reviews!
My sister-in-law Alexandra Hart (then Alexandra Jacopetti) founded Folkwear with a couple of other women. I was living essentially next door to her at the time, as a bunch of us family members had bought an old summer camp together in California and turned it into a family-community. Hey, it was the 70s!
The old photo of me at the start of this page was of my first Folkwear project, the Syrian Dress, which I see was the 5th pattern they brought out. I made quite a few of the patterns, and I think the Nepali blouse was my favorite. Having had so much fun with an old tablecloth for my dress, I bought another old tablecloth for the blouse and sadly the fabric didn't hold up for more than about 10 years. Oh well!
- Folkwear Sewing Patterns ethnic clothing, period costumes, historic clothing patterns, art to wear f
Folkwear sewing patterns of ethnic and period clothing for theater and dance costumes, historic reenactors and art-to-wear fashions.
- Folkwear Pattern #105
#105 Syrian Dress Misses 6-18. $14.95 For crossing the deserts of Africa or the urban landscape, this flowing dress drapes gracefully from a triangular shoulder yoke that is a perfect canvas for needlework or fabric artistry. Pattern includes instruc
- Folkwear Pattern #111
#111 Nepali Blouse Misses Extra Small to Extra Large. $16.95 In Nepal, this wrap-and-tie blouse is traditionally made of velvet and worn under a wrap-style chupa or jumper (like our #131 Tibetan Chupa) or over a wrapped and pleated skirt formed from
Folkwear Patterns on Amazon
There are over 100 Folkwear patterns now on Amazon. Here are a few of my favorites, and I chose ones that other people have given good ratings to as well.
Some More Goodies
Online Sewing Communities
Where a blog is usually written by one person, here are places you can interact (or not if you don't want to), with lots of good ideas for sewing.
- Fashion, Sewing Patterns, Inspiration, Community, and Learning | BurdaStyle.com
BurdaStyle is a community website for people who sew or would like to learn how. PDF patterns you can buy and download, forums, much more.
- Free sewing projects, free learn to sew articles, charitable sewing, my sewing room , bridal and mor
Home sewing with Sewing & Craft Alliance - free sewing projects, free patterns, learn to sew articles, SEW-lutions Guidelines, sewing and craft tips, bridal sewing, crafts for kids and more.
- sew-whats-new.com - Join the most vibrant sewing community on the web!
The community for sewing & quilting enthusiasts. Share your passions and ideas!
A Sewing Grab-bag from eBay - I just put the word "sewing" in so all sorts of things could come up.
This is a live feed from eBay, so everything is current. Click on anything that you're curious about!
Some Articles about the Popularity of Home Sewing
- Sew hip: 'Project Runway' helps create a hot new pattern for a fading craft - seattlepi.com
Newspaper article about how the TV show Project Runway has increased the popularity of home sewing among the young and hip
- Trend Watching: The Future of Home Sewing - Sewing Blog | BurdaStyle.com
Read the article 'Trend Watching: The Future of Home Sewing' in the BurdaStyle blog 'Daily Thread'. With dozens of interesting comments.
- Sewing's Resurgence - Sacramento Business Journal
2007 article about the popularity of sewing
How to Sew: Some YouTube Videos - Of course, there are many more at YouTube.
Click on one of the little boxes below the main video to check out another video. I chose a very basic one on how to sew on a button, as well as how to hem, sew a dart, and do a French seam.
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