Top 10 Best Sewing Books for Beginners and Experts

Sewing is a wonderfully therapeutic and rewarding activity. We have a selection of books to teach, inspire and motivate you to create gorgeous original items. From extensive sewing encyclopedias to ideas for sewn gifts, you'll find all the help you need to get started, refresh your sewing skills, or create masterpieces.

1. Half Yard Gifts

Debbie Shore

Discover an assortment of simple sewing projects that can be created using leftover pieces of fabric. This wonderful compendium includes gift ideas for everyone. Find out how to sew everything from aprons to kneeling pads and even tool belts! With step-by-step instructions and a useful tools and techniques section, you'll be sewing stunning pieces in no time.

2. Bumper Book of Sewing

DK

An essential guide to sewing, this extensive book introduces you to all the tools and techniques you'll need to create gorgeous handmade items. Straightforward instructions and step-by-step photographs enable anyone to get started quickly and find heaps of inspiration. Perfect for building skill and confidence, this book shows you everything from threading a needle, to adding pockets and zips!

3. Sew Me! Sewing Basics

Choly Knight

Whether you're a stranger to sewing or just need a refresher, this is the perfect book to give you all the tips and techniques needed to start creating wonderful items. Friendly and easy-to-follow directions will get readers sewing with confidence, making repairs and creating new garments. Each new skill is accompanied by a quick practice exercise to try. Create fun accessories like plushies, pincushions, placemats, hand towels and hats.

4. Sewing to Sell

Virginia Lindsay

For sewers who want to make a business from their craft, this is the perfect book. Find your own personal sewing style, create a product line, identify customers, equip a sewing studio, price and market your work, and handle the legal side of sewing, all with this extensive book. Includes 16 Starter Projects, advice on how to sell locally and online, and a hands-on guide to starting and running a successful home sewing business.

5. Encyclopedia of Sewing

Martha Stewart

This gorgeous book is a treasury of sewing and fabric craft techniques and projects, and comes with a CD-ROM containing all the patterns and templates you'll need. Follow straightforward, step-by-step instructions for every sewing technique, catering for everyone from first-time dabblers to seasoned sewers who want a challenge. Over 150 projects are included and beautifully photographed, and the book also features a full rundown of essential tools and materials.

6. Cath Kidston Sewing Book

Cath Kidston

This delightful sewing book is guaranteed to enchant Cath Kidston fans and sewing enthusiasts with over 30 exclusive projects, including bags, cushions, baby gifts, bathroom tidies and much more! The projects feature a mix of vintage and contemporary Cath Kidston prints, step-by-step illustrations and templates, making this the perfect book for novices and experienced sewers alike. Stunning photography makes this a visual feast, too!

7. The Sewing Book

Alison Smith

If you're looking for a comprehensive sewing bible, look no further. With step-by-step instructions, you can master every technique you'll ever need, from machine-stitching a buttonhole and attaching a collar, to altering patterns and building a basic sewing kit. Follow 25 stylish projects and get advice on the best equipment and how to use it.

8. Ultimate Sewing Bible

Marie Clayton

This book is the ultimate guide to navigating the wonderful sewing world. Each chapter is devoted to one key area of sewing and provides clear, concise instructions alongside step-by-step directions for basic principles and more advanced techniques. Learn how to make and repair clothing, accessories and soft furnishings.

9. Retro Mama Scrap Happy Sewing

Kim Kruzich

Enjoy lots of cute and clever sewing projects from the Retro Mama - that is, super-talented designer, Kim Kruzich! She showcases her unique style with huge vibrancy in this contemporary collection of simple sewing projects using scrap fabrics. Kim's easy-to-follow visual instructions and full-size templates make these projects accessible and accomplishable. Create bags, cushions, pillows, quilts, soft toys and much more, with motifs including owls, dolls, birds and clouds.

10. A Little Course in Sewing

DK

If you've ever wanted to sew but aren't sure where to start, this is the perfect book for you. It assumes no previous knowledge and every little thing is explained. Start simple, build on your knowledge, and then show off your new sewing skills! By the end, you'll be able to complete over 30 gorgeous projects, including lavender hearts, ladybird pincushions, bunting, tote bags, skirts and purses!

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    Martha Stewart
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    This is a treasury of sewing and fabric craft techniques and projects, complete with additional CD-ROM containing all the patterns and templates you will need. It features full step-by-step instructions for every sewing technique, catering for everyone from first-time dabblers to the more adventurous sewers. Over 150 projects are fully explained and beautifully shot - a key blend of accessible and aspirational. Detailed UK sources and buyer's guide, and a full rundown of essential tools and materials make this a lasting reference.
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    Alison Smith
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    This is the ultimate sewing bible for beginners, students and seasoned stitchers wanting to perfect their skills. Whether you want to make soft furnishings, clothing or just do alterations this is the book that everyone interested in sewing needs. Follow step-by-steps and master every technique you'll ever need; from machine-stitching a buttonhole and attaching a collar, to altering patterns and building a basic sewing kit. Every hand and machine stitch and technique is clearly shown and easy to follow, guiding you through every move. Follow 25 stylish projects, for the home and to wear, which will enable you to take your sewing skills to perfection. Plus, get properly kitted out; close up photographs of hand and machine tools show you the best equipment for the job and guarantee you know exactly how to use it. Tucks, pleats, hems, darts, edges, pockets, buttonholes, zips - whatever you want to sew find out how.
  • AIJYN
    Choly Knight
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    This is the perfect book for beginner sewers, with friendly and easy-to-follow directions. Sew Me! Sewing Basics is geared towards would-be sewers of all ages, who may never have touched a sewing machine or even threaded a needle before. It's the perfect book for anyone who wants to get started in the craft, or just needs a quick refresher course in sewing. Choly Knight's friendly and easy-to-follow directions will get readers sewing with confidence, making repairs and creating new garments from scratch. She starts at the very beginning, showing how to choose a sewing machine and introducing the most basic techniques and shortcuts. From cutting patterns and sewing seams, to binding edges, gathering fabric and installing zippers, each new skill is accompanied by a quick practice exercise to try, allowing readers to learn as they sew. 36 simple and straightforward projects are provided for sewing fun accessories from plushies, pincushions and placemats to hand towels and hats.
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    Kim Kruzich
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    Cute and clever stash-busting sewing projects from the Retro Mama! Super-talented designer Kim Kruzich - aka Retro Mama - showcases her unique style and skill with colour in this contemporary collection of simple sewing projects made from scrap fabrics. The 18 adorable handmade projects in Retro Mama Scrap Happy Sewing combine sewing, patchwork, applique and embroidery and are all brilliantly designed to use up leftover fabrics...Genius! With over 10,000 happy customers in her Etsy pattern store, Kim's trademark easy-to-follow visual instructions and full-size templates make these projects super accessible and achievable, meaning even beginners will be sewing gifts and toys in next to no time, with the minimum of outlay on materials. In the book you will find designs for bags, cushions and pillows, quilts, baby bibs, soft toys, organizers, bookends, hotpads, mats and more, all using Kim's charming motifs including owls, dolls, birds, clouds, fruit and bears. Gorgeous full-colour photography will inspire you to get sewing to use up your stash and brighten up your home Retro Mama style!
  • ATJXU
    Marie Clayton
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    Sewing is an extremely rewarding hobby. With so many different fabrics, embellishments and trimmings now available on the high street and online, it is easier than ever to create unique clothes and home furnishings. Now available in paperback, this best-selling title is THE essential guide to sewing. Each chapter is devoted to one key area of sewing and provides clear and concise in-depth instructions along with step-by-step instructions for basic principles and more advanced sewing techniques. Learn about materials and equipment, and choosing the right machine to work for you in chapter one, then move onto fabrics and patterns in the following chapter. Once you're comfortable with the basic stitches, seams and techniques, learn how to make clothing, accessories and soft furnishings. With this book by your side, you will soon be able to make anything from a commercial pattern, and will also know how to alter patterns to suit your style. With a section on care and repair, you will find out how to look after and fix homemade and store-bought items. And if it can't be fixed, learn how fabric and trimmings can be reused or upcycled into something else. This comprehensive guide offers a glossary of sewing terms, clear instructions and hundreds of illustrations and diagrams showing each stage of the sewing process. It'll be the one resource that you will turn to time and time again.
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    Debbie Shore
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    Sewing guru Debbie Shore provides you with a selection of easy sewing projects that can be made using leftover pieces of fabric.

    Including gift ideas for everyone, you'll find out how to sew everything from aprons to kneeling pads and even tool belts! Full of step-by-step instructions, the book even includes a useful tools and techniques section right at the beginning.
  • ALMWS
    Cath Kidston
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    The eagerly-awaited follow-up to her bestselling book Sew!, Cath Kidston(R) Sewing Book is guaranteed to delight fans and excite sewing enthusiasts of every level with over 30 exclusive new projects - bags, cushions, baby gifts, bathroom tidies and many more ideas - in a mix of vintage and modern Cath Kidston prints. Step-by-step illustrations and templates for all 30 projects make this a perfect book for sewing novices as well as enthusiasts. As an inspirational kick-start, Cath Kidston is giving away all the materials to make the cover project - a pocket sewing kit - in a unique fabric specially printed for the book. Templates are included, all the sewing techniques are clearlyexplained and each project is paired with hand-drawn, step-by-step illustrations and beautiful photography, so that even an absolute beginner can be sure of success. There are stitching shortcuts for the time-pressed, take-it-further guides, and, for the more adventurous stitcher, a guide to experimenting with a range of fabrics from cotton and oilcloth to flannel, silk and linen. "Five years on from our first sewing book, I wanted to follow up the huge success of Sew! with a very modern sewing book: practical, accessible, bright and fun, with a breadth of projects that felt versatile and relevant for today. " - Cath Kidston
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    Simply everything you need to know to learn something new; a practical and inspirational course in learning how to sew. Ever wanted to learn how to sew but don't know where to begin? Take the first step with "A Little Course in Sewing", part of a new series of learning guides from DK where nothing is assumed and everything is explained. Learn at your own pace, in your own time and in the comfort of your own home. Each course follows the same structure; start simple and learn the basics, build on what you've learnt and then show off your new skills! "A Little Course in Sewing" takes you from complete beginner to being able to complete over 30 beautiful projects. Start simple with lavendar hearts and ladybird pin cushions, build on your skills with bunting and tote bags and show off with a child's skirt and purses. The step-by-step pictures show you what other courses only tell you and the practice projects keep you on the right track. "A Little Course in Sewing" will help you learn your new skill in no time. 8 A Little Course in ...titles available including "Preserving", "Yoga", "Pilates", "Wine Tasting", "Sewing", "Knitting", "Baking", "Growing Fruit & Veg".
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    With more than 100 techniques and 30 beautiful projects to try your hand at, DK's Bumper Book of Sewing will quickly become the essential guide for any sewer!

    The book introduces anyone who is interested in starting sewing to the tools and techniques they'll need to create charming hand-made items. With clear instructions and step-by-step photographs throughout, this is a book bursting with inspiration.

    A great way to build confidence and skill - by following the instructions in this book you'll become an expert at everything from threading a needle to adding pockets and zips!
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    Virginia Lindsay
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    Everything you need to know is here, from finding your personal sewing style to creating a product line, identifying customers, equipping a sewing studio, pricing and selling your work, marketing, designing patterns, and handling the business and legal side of sewing. And that's not all! The book also includes 16 projects to start sewing and selling right now. Bonus - 16 Starter Projects. How to sell locally and online Hands-on guide for starting and running a successful home sewing business is a win for you too - you sell the fabric and supplies Informative interviews with four women who already run profitable sewing businesses Includes 16 projects to sew and sell - perfect to pitch as classes to make aprons, tote and messenger bags, tablet covers, baby quilts, and more Plus pattern pullout