August 29, 2013

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Learn To Sew with Cinnamon's New Basic Sewing Book!


Are you new to sewing? Do you need to learn the basics? Do you want to see what is being taught with clear color photo's? This new book, written by Cinnamon Miles of Liberty Jane Clothing, may be the perfect thing to guide you on your journey to learn to sew! As an added bonus: Cinnamon, Melinda, and Karin worked together to bring you lots of exciting new crafty projects to help you learn the skills taught in the book. One of the favorites is the zippered clutch (pictured below)!

 

Geared toward the absolute beginner, Idiot's Guides: Sewing  teaches the basics of sewing in a series of lessons using full-color, step-by-step illustrated instructions that enable you to clearly see how every technique is executed, from threading a sewing machine to reading a pattern. The lessons are accompanied by practice projects, allowing you to try out their newly learned skill. As the lessons become more advanced, so do the projects, giving you instant gratification as you become more proficient. This completely illustrated guide is an essential tool for any person who wants to learn to sew.

 

Projects Included in the book:

Fabric Bookmark, Infinity Scarf, Peter Pan Collar Embellishment (on a tee or tank), Lace Embellished Cami Tank, Fabric Headband, Zipper Clutch, Pleated Pillowcase, Monogrammed Key Fob, Quilted Pot Holder, Pocket Tee, Peppermint Coasters, Elastic Waist Skirt, Mannequin Scissor Holder, Felt Coffee Cozy, Sewing Machine Cover, Pincushion, Tissue Pack Cover, Reusable Snack Bag, Drawstring Flat Pack, Tablet Case, Picnic Blanket, Makeup Brush Holder, Applique Pillow. 

 

Win A Free Autographed Copy

To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment below answering the question "why I love sewing". Then use the "Giveway" tool to enter your name in the drawing. You can log into the giveaway with either your email address or Facebook profile. 

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100 Comments

Jody
Jody

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because it is relaxing and I enjoy the smiles on my little girls’ faces when I make new clothes for their dolls. What a great giveaway! Thanks for giving methe opportunity to win.

Edna Robinson
Edna Robinson

September 01, 2013

I enjoy sewing because I like making different types girls dresses and mixing different patterns and creating a different style . Most of all the joy that come when I give it away. I have begin to make matching doll outfit so that make it even more special.

Lenka
Lenka

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because it gives me the chance to design my own things. To create my own ideas.

Cara Halvorson
Cara Halvorson

September 01, 2013

Oh this sounds like just the thing I need. I’m still learning to sew beyond a straight line. I need folks to literally draw me a picture sometimes before I understand how to do something. What I love most about sewing is starting off with this pile of weird shapes cut out of fabric. They go in one end and what comes out the other end is just real live magic to me. I love that feeling. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Dana Bradley
Dana Bradley

September 01, 2013

I learned to sew at age 9 and I’m 62 yrs old now. Sewing has been so fun to create and make so many things for my friends and family. I just love it!
Dana

Treeva
Treeva

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because it’s a way to be creative and never stop learning. I also love sewing because it’s something I can teach others. Congratulations on the book!

Sue
Sue

September 01, 2013

I can let my imagination go and create anything I want to, to the best of my ability. I can escape this world and leave all of my problems behind and enter into a new adventure everyday!

Ann Emery
Ann Emery

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because my mother taught me to sew and she left me a lifetime of knowledge and enjoyment and now that she is gone I think about her whenever I take a stitch on my quilts I make or listen to the humming of my sewing machine and I still strive at 55 to be as good of a seamstress as she was…..

Kay Rife
Kay Rife

September 01, 2013

I love to sew because it brings such satisfaction that I did it myself.

Emily Henry
Emily Henry

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because it lets me be creative in a fun way! When my grandma taught me how to sew 5 years ago I never would have dreamed that at 16 years old I would have a small business. My friends are a little jealous that I have a fun way to make money without having to have a “real” job. One of my favorite thing is to see girls come up to my booth with a HUGE smile on their face! I will never get tired of seeing little girls be so happy when they can buy an outfit or If they find an outfit similar to one of theirs. Definetly makes me very happy that I listened to my grandma while she taught me how to sew. Makes it all worth while! And that why I love to sew.

Jennifer
Jennifer

September 01, 2013

As a little girl I would always watch my mother sew on her treadle sewing machine being one of twelve it seams like she was always fixing or making something.
I love to sewing in every way cutting the project sewing it together adding my special ideas and seeing the project finished it just thrills me to see someone open a gift that I have sewed and see that they love it puts a smile in my heart.. I love to teach little girls how to sew that way it will keep passing the art of Sewing along to the next generation I have two little neighbor girls who love to help me make clothes for their AG dolls they aren’t old enough to sew by machine yet but they are eager that just thrills me to know that I helped them get started sewing, life is great when you can pass a little of your self to someone that is eager to learn…
Thank you for the giveaway
Jennifer
Thank you

Margaret F. Johnson
Margaret F. Johnson

September 01, 2013

I love sewing for my granddaughters that is doll clothes. It is my therapy….Cotton therapy is what I call it. For the most part it is relaxing and I get to learn at the same time.

AleXA bRAVO
AleXA bRAVO

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because I can create a style that I do not see other people make. And the challenge, and joy that it brings me, is amazing. I learn on my mistake on every single project.

sharla
sharla

September 01, 2013

I love having such a fun creative outlet, making useful and beautiful things! :)

Sarah Ashleigh V.
Sarah Ashleigh V.

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because sewing is an ancient pastime and it will be around for future generations yet to come! Plus, it will allow people connect from generation to generation.

Thank you for the giveaway, Cinnamon! This is fantastic!

Cherie
Cherie

September 01, 2013

It is my therapy. I turn to sewing when life is getting tough or when I need to spend a few minutes away from the frantic pase of life. Congratulations on the book.

Tamara G
Tamara G

September 01, 2013

I love to sew because, while I am working with fabric, I am in my element. I have always loved fabric and have been making things from it for as long as I can remember. My grandmother did beautiful handwork and taught my mother to sew. She in turn taught me and for that I am forever grateful.

Karen
Karen

September 01, 2013

It is sew relaxing and when I make something for someone I love their expression when they get something handmade!

Deborah
Deborah

September 01, 2013

I love to sew clothes for my daughter’s AG dolls and my Hitty and Riley dolls. It’s so satisfying to see the finished product and know I did it myself.

Tamara G
Tamara G

September 01, 2013

I love to sew because, while I am working with fabric, I am in my element. I love fabric and have making things out of it for as long as I remember. My grandmother did beautiful handwork and taught my mother to sew. She in turn taught me and for that I am forever grateful.

Miri
Miri

September 01, 2013

I love sew because I used to think, Miri, you need to buy everything. Now, though, I’ve seen your products and other places that do things using sewing. I hardly know how to sew though! I had to have my grandmother teach me, and she only taught me the basic ‘in-out’ stitch. So, this book would be very helpful to me. Now, I’m not always buy this and buy that. I want to genuinely learn to sew, and this book is perfect for me, a beginner. And every time I create something, even a poorly stitched doll dress, it gives me pride.

Cynthia
Cynthia

September 01, 2013

Can’t say I love sewing yet but I love the challenge because it doesn’t come naturally to me. I hope to finally sew well enough to be able to say “I Love Sewing” and make my granddaughters proud to say “my Grandma made it”

Sheila Dummer
Sheila Dummer

September 01, 2013

I love to create things with fabrics. I make doll clothes for my grandchildren and teach sewing as a special activity at the school where I teach technology. Kids are interested in learning to do things with their hands and create in the real world as well as the digital world and sewing is a way to do that.

Sharon
Sharon

September 01, 2013

…because it’s fun and SEW relazing

Jana
Jana

September 01, 2013

Sewing— stitching together memories of mom, grandma, great-grandma with the help of my 9-year old niece. It’s truly a tie that binds! I love using scraps and “hand me downs” and doll clothes and small projects are the perfect way to do that! Thanks for all your patterns and ideas!,

mary owens
mary owens

September 01, 2013

I find sewing very relaxing and your book looks very informative.
Jessica
Jessica

September 01, 2013

I love to sew so that I can design things the way that I want.

Carol Derby
Carol Derby

September 01, 2013

I love to sew it is very relaxing. I am so in to make doll clothes and quilts right now.

Sue Bullock McKenzie
Sue Bullock McKenzie

September 01, 2013

Sewing is relaxing for me…plus I get such joy when I make things for others!

sam greenwald
sam greenwald

September 01, 2013

i like sewing in style

Peggy Afner
Peggy Afner

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because it gives me a creative outlet and there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a project completed.

Sherri-Lynn
Sherri-Lynn

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because I can create stuff. It’s a creative outlet for me. Mostly I prefer to make little projects like doll clothes and such.

nancy
nancy

September 01, 2013

I love sewing as it gives my a chance to design anything i want to. Love making doll clothes for\the grandchildren. They give my iders of what they want to dress there dolls and them selfs in.

Jennifer B
Jennifer B

September 01, 2013

I love sewting becuase it allow me time for myself. It’s my creative outlet. Although I am a begginner, I get a kick out of my daughter telling her friends, “my mom made it”.

kathi
kathi

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because I can create something unique that no one else has, be it a dress, costume or home decor. Putting together patterns and fabrics together in infinite combinations is so inspiring! The process may not be my favorite but the fact that I created it makes it special. I would love a copy of the book even tho I have been sewing for years, there is always more to learn or a better way, thanks!

Paula
Paula

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because it is relaxing.

Jan Bosman
Jan Bosman

September 01, 2013

Years ago I sewed for my daughters and my husband but got away from it when I was working full time. Now that I,m a grandma I’m back sewing for granddaughter’s American Girl dolls and I posted my first outfit for sale on Etsy. I find that I just love it because I can create my own styles and do it at my own pace.

Congradulations on the new book!

Katherine
Katherine

September 01, 2013

I love because it is relaxing (usually ;) ) and it get a great deal of satisfaction seeing a completed project.

Debbie
Debbie

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because I can tap into my creative style, relax, and then love the final project.

Angie
Angie

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because I can be as creative as I want, and it’s just plain fun

rita
rita

September 01, 2013

I’ve been looking forward to this book. I love everything Cinnamon does. I do just wish it wasn’t titled “Idiot’s Guide.” It makes it kind of hard to give it to a friend. No offense.

Debbie
Debbie

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because of the creativity, sewing with my children, and teaching others.

Virginia
Virginia

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because it allows me to be creative with fabric, patterns, etc.

Anne
Anne

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because I can express myself. I can mix and match fabric or a pattern and come up with something new and fun. I also love it when people ask, " Hey where did you get that?" It is always fun to respond that, " I made it myself."

Carol S
Carol S

September 01, 2013

I love to sew because I can make the things I see on the internet and I don’t have to pay $30 for an American girl brand outfit.

ten b
ten b

September 01, 2013

I learned to sew from my mother and several great-aunts. I love to sew because it relaxes me, it reminds me of my loved ones, and because it allows me to create items for the people I love.

Lisa Griffith
Lisa Griffith

September 01, 2013

I have been sewing all of my life and I love it, and still learning. Thank you for the chance to win your new book, and wishing you the best on your book.

stacy
stacy

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because as a web developer, I don’t make anything that I can hold in my hands. When I’m sewing, I have a finished product that I can touch and is useful to someone in my family.

Linda W
Linda W

September 01, 2013

You are the best doll pattern company around! You stay up to date with all the latest fashions and also offer wonderful outifts of the past. Who could ask for anything more? Linda Wernette HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!

Birdie
Birdie

September 01, 2013

I just love the variety of patterns and the looks they create. Thank you

Bella
Bella

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because it allows me make something that I would ordinarily buy.

Hollea
Hollea

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because it allows me to create something unique and personal for the people I love and to make my kids and now my grandkids wishes come true. If they want to be a ninja turtle, poof I make it happen, or a jeanie again poof I make it happen. Now my granddaughters have matching dresses and soon they will have dolls with matching outfits they just need to get a wee bit older as they are 1 and 2 right now but when they are 4 then they will receive their doll and the doll wardrobe of their dreams and all the patterns and inspiration will have come from you Cinnamon, Thank you for all you do.

Lori Morton
Lori Morton

September 01, 2013

Loooove to sew…cool to make things for family & friends…clothes, quilts, home dec…..etc. I love sewing things because I put love, huhgs & even prayers into everything I make. Soooo great to give from the Heart! :)

Ruth Burke
Ruth Burke

September 01, 2013

I love sewing for my granddaughter’s and grandniece’s American Girl dolls. The Liberty Jane patterns are wonderful. I used to sew a lot a long time ago,but didn’t do much until recently when the American Girl dolls came into my life. It is a lot of fun!

Molly Sue Walden
Molly Sue Walden

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because I can make little girls happy. I am 81 and am limited in what I can do. I love making doll clothes and the little girls that get them are so happy. I collect dolls and probably have over 1,000. I can make the clothes for most of them. Since I don’t have any little girls of my own I make them for my friend’s girls.

Joanie
Joanie

September 01, 2013

Congratulations on your new book! I’ve just started sewing doll clothes for my granddaughters, and would love to have your new book. Thanks.

Joanie
Joanie

September 01, 2013

Congratulations on your new book! I’ve just started sewing doll clothes for my granddaughters, and would love to have your new book. Thanks.

Emma Wyatt
Emma Wyatt

September 01, 2013

I have sewn. Since my mother taught me as a child. I love sewing because I can make unique things such as my clothing , my children clothing, crafts, or now doll clothing.

Donna L
Donna L

September 01, 2013

I love to sew because although not perfect my little girl loves styling Kit & Ginger :)

Sandy Thelen
Sandy Thelen

September 01, 2013

My granddaughter loves the clothes I am learning to make for her doll. Thank you for your contests, good luck to all.

judith martinez
judith martinez

September 01, 2013

I love to sew because I’m able to provide special things for my family that I could never buy ready made.

Katina
Katina

September 01, 2013

I love creating things that are unique and one of a kind. I also love the happiness my crafting and sewing bring to others when items are given as gifts. I make everything from soft sculptured dolls, doll clothing, quilts, curtains, boutique style clothing, and basically anything that can be sewn together or held together by glue. lol. Have a great Holiday!

Katina Howe
Katina Howe

September 01, 2013

I love everything about sewing! It is my stress reliever!

Lesley from NE
Lesley from NE

September 01, 2013

I love fabric and creating something with it and all the possibilities. =)

Hollee Brutton
Hollee Brutton

September 01, 2013

I love to sew because it gives me purpose. I sew doll clothes for little girls and they are so happy with new outfits for their dolls.

Sheila
Sheila

September 01, 2013

I am a former homeschooling mom (26) years and also ran our home business for 30 years of the 26. I am finally getting to sew again and am making doll clothes for my granddaughter. I am hoping to start teaching as well.

Sharon H
Sharon H

September 01, 2013

I haven’t sewn for about 40 years, except to do mending, and I’ve never sewn for a doll. I would really like to have Cinnamon’s book.

Dawn
Dawn

September 01, 2013

I love to sew and used to help my mom when I was younger. I didn’t start sewing for myself until several years ago and started making costumes. I make costumes, clothes for adults, quilts, and American girl doll clothes.

Jamie
Jamie

September 01, 2013

I love sewing for several reasons.

1. It was something I shared with my grandmother, she taught me the basics. She put love in every stitch and I try to do the same with anything I make.

2. My girls love it when I make them something. There is nothing like seeing the light in a child’s eye when you hand them a new outfit or outfit for their doll.

3. It is my relaxation tool. Whether it is taking a piece of fabric and creating something with it, or upcycling something, to me, it is just magical.

Megan
Megan

September 01, 2013

I’m a self-taught beginner, and sewing gives me the opportunity to “clock out” from being full-time, stay-at-home Mom. My hubby takes over the kiddos and lets me do my thing. Sewing is the only hobby that I’ve tried and have continued to do. It’s so fun to see what I can create, and I love watching those who receive my crafts enjoy what I made for them, especially my kids.

Sharon H
Sharon H

September 01, 2013

I haven’t sewn, except to mend, for 40 years. And, I never sewed doll clothes. I would love to have Cinnamon’s book.

Juliana Fenske
Juliana Fenske

September 01, 2013

I am a beginner seamstress. I started this December. I was really nervous at first. I learned that the more I sew, the more I learn. Sewing is only fun when you sew what you love. That is why I love sewing doll clothes for my sister and I. I feel special when I sew things for people. :)
Sharon
Sharon

September 01, 2013

I like to sew because it allows both me and my twin daughters to have fun doing something together that is creative and is a great learning experience – they love coming up with ideas for outfits for their AG dolls :)

Sharon H
Sharon H

September 01, 2013

I’m not a beginning sewer, but a returning sewer who has forgotten all she knew 40 years ago. I just got an 18" doll to sew for her, then I’ll give her and her wardrobe away. But, I have no idea how to sew something that small. I always sewed clothes for myself.

Tammy
Tammy

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because I can take a few pieces of scrap fabric and turn it into a purse, a doll dress or what ever my imagination can come up with.

Karen
Karen

September 01, 2013

I love sewing matching clothes for my granddaughter and her American girl dolls. She is always so excited to see what I’ve made. She now wants to learn how to sew!

Ev
Ev

September 01, 2013

I love learning, and there is so much to learn about in all types of sewing.

Andrea
Andrea

September 01, 2013

I have been sewing for as long as I can remember. I can’t imagine not sewing! It’s so creative! I make clothes (well, not so much) doll clothes by the ton, quilts, home décor, dolls, name it – it’s such a creative release!

Peggy A
Peggy A

September 01, 2013

At 5feet on my tip toes, I learned to sew out of necessity. Now I still sew for myself (I usually take 6" off a pair of slacks) but I also sew for the love of it. Sewing doll clothes is my passion, relaxation, and therapy. A day without sewing is just unthinkable!

Penny Browning
Penny Browning

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because I use to sit Nd watch my grandma sew when I was around 8. She would let me sew by hand, but not on her machine. I would spend time cleaning up and organizing her threads and fabric though. When I got older, I showed her my first machine project and the pride on her face said it all!!! I haven’t stopped since.

                                      linda
linda

September 01, 2013

I started sewing when I was six and then in 4H. I started with doll clothes and I still like sewing them. I have some great nieces who want to learn and I think the book would be great for them. Sewing is a wonderful gift my mother gave me. I enjoyed it then and I still do.

Linda Reynolds
Linda Reynolds

September 01, 2013

I’m 64 years old and just now teaching myself to sew for my granddaughters’ AG dolls. I really DON’T KNOW WHAT I’m DOING. This book would be so helpful! Your patterns are so amazing! help!

Karen
Karen

September 01, 2013

I love to sew! My mother enrolled me in sewing lessons as a child with a woman who was a local tailor. Her exacting standards and the efficiency in which she created things has always been in the back of my mind – thank you Marilyn! and Mom! I love to sew – there is nothing quite like having an original quilt, pillow case, dress or set of doll clothes for your daughter to play with.

Mary Jo Wolszon
Mary Jo Wolszon

September 01, 2013

I learned to sew through my local 4H club when I was a child. I love to sew but due to family and work situations was not able to do much for many years. i am now retired and have been making clothes for my grandchildren and their dolls. I am teaching my 11 and 7 year old granddaughters how to sew and they are learning to have fun with it like I did. I love your patterns and always check your site for new postings.

Sue
Sue

September 01, 2013

I have been sewing for a long time and started using the machine as soon as Mom thought I wouldn’t sew my fingers, about 60 years ago. I really like being able to sew for myself, family and dolls even if the fashions we want or enjoy are not currently available retail. my younger daughter is finally ready to learn to sew and I think your book will be great for her.

debbie Eldridge
debbie Eldridge

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because it is a part of me. I started making doll clothes when I was three. I actually sew for a living now, but love making 18 inch doll clothes because I can be creative and do what I want. It is what relaxes me…..I am teaching my 7 year old grand daughter how to sew and she is loving designing her own doll clothes.

Laurie Cooney
Laurie Cooney

September 01, 2013

I am going to work on making things for my granddaughter and myself.

Julie Koppleberger
Julie Koppleberger

September 01, 2013

I look forward to sewing for my family, my dolls, and my daughter’s dolls. I haven’t sewn much in the last few years, but I am setting up a sewing area and I am hopeful of learning how to sew better and to someday make doll clothes to sell.

Marcia
Marcia

September 01, 2013

I have been sewing for years. I learned to sew by making doll clothes and designing my own doll clothes. I’m teaching my granddaughters to sew using the Liberty Jane patterns. They are wonderful designs with clear easy directions. I love the tutorials. I can show them to the girls and they can see how the pattern pieces go together. Thank you Cinnamon.

melynda Munden
melynda Munden

September 01, 2013

since I’m just learning this would be a perfect giveaway to win! (please and thank you)

Linda Davis
Linda Davis

September 01, 2013

I don’t know why I love to sew but it is something I must do, I am compelled to sew and create and it makes me happy, I also enjoy teaching others to sew.

Jill Dunford
Jill Dunford

September 01, 2013

I have loved to sew ever since I started sewing as a young girl and taught my two daughters to sew as well. Sewing is relaxing and lets me be creative. And now, I have been begun to teach my granddaughters to sew as well – I have 15! But I have wished for a book that I could give them to use when I’m not nearby to answer questions – this looks like just the book!

Linda
Linda

September 01, 2013

Hi,

I always get excited to see an e-mail from Pixie Faire or Liberty Jane! I don’t have a good
day unless I’ve had some sewing time.

Happy Sewing to all!!

Amy Brant
Amy Brant

September 01, 2013

My grandmother taught me to sew when making your own clothes was a necessity. Modern life eventually pushed my sewing machine into the back of a closet; retirement has given me a renewed interest with a new sewing/embroidery machine and fancy serger. Now I’m passing the skills along to a friend’s daughter – Cinnamon’s book would be an excellent “go to” resource for her.

Faye
Faye

September 01, 2013

My mother always sewed clothes for my twin sister & me. She did it to make her budget stretch. She sewed when she was young & also during WWII, she sewed shirts for the military uniforms. We were some of the best dressed girls in school because of her great sewing skills. She taught my twin & me to sew when we were young. We made most of our clothes in high school & beyond. We even made formal wear like our prom dresses. Now we sew for my granddaughters & their AG dolls & love it. I find it very therapeutic.
I would love to have Cinnamon’s new book. It looks like it’s loaded with great information.

Kathi Martin
Kathi Martin

September 01, 2013

I’ve been sewing since I was a young girl. I find it very relaxing. I love to create what no one else has. These are just some of the reasons why I love to sew.

Mya
Mya

September 01, 2013

I love sewing because it helps me relax and forget about every thing and just have fun and be creative!

Mary
Mary

September 01, 2013

I have been sewing for 55 yrs. Both grandmothers were my teachers. I made my first quilt sitting in Granny’s lap while my cousin sat on the floor working the treadle. We did take turns at that job. Now 55 years later I am teaching my granddaughter how to sew. But not on a treadle machine. LoL I think, for me, sewing is all about family. :0)

Mary
Mary

September 01, 2013

I have been sewing for 55 yrs. Both grandmothers were my teachers. I made my first quilt sitting in Granny’s lap while my cousin sat on the floor working the treadle. We did take turns at that job.

Diane
Diane

September 01, 2013

I’ve always loved sewing. My Mom taught me when I was about 7. I learned to sew on Barbie doll clothes. We used to set the sleeves in in the round, not flat like it is done now. That was hard. I did soft sculpting baby dolls when that was big in the 80’s. In college, I was a member of the SCA (an historical recreation group) and learned to sew historical costumes.

After having kids, I didn’t sew for 10 years. I recently (3 years ago) got back into sewing for my and my daughter’s American Girls. Sewing gives me an outlet for my creativity and my desire to craft. I love to sew, it is calming and relaxing. It gives me joy.

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