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Top 10 Best Sewing Books for Beginners and Experts

Sewing is a wonderfully therapeutic and rewarding activity. We have a selection of sewing 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!