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Sewing & Quilting Activity Book Review by Lisa Trombley

JoAnn Gagnon
Bunkhouse Books
(800) 337-8845
607 Lower Hogeye Road
Waitsburg, WA 99361

The Sewing & Quilting Activity Book was created to be a fun, hands-on teaching tool and to help keep children occupied during sewing lessons. It was made for children ages 6-14. In this 99-page, spiral-bound book, you will find many activities to help teach and reinforce sewing rules, introduce sewing terminology, and to improve hand-eye coordination and scissor skills, using games, puzzles, dot-to-dots, coloring pages, math pages, and more. Children will also learn the parts of the sewing machine and serger, sewing safety rules, sewing tools, pattern and fabric terms, measurement and pattern sizes, types of fabric weaves, sewing steps, seams and finishes, and quilting terms, tools, and techniques. Answer pages are found after the activity pages. The book also contains several simple sewing projects such as a pillowcase, head wrap, tote bag, sewing machine cover, and button bracelet. There are also strips to cut out to practice weaving and a journal page to copy and make into a sewing journal. Card games such as Go Quilt, Concentration, Catch the Sewing Bug, Sewing Dominoes, color wheel page, machine threading page, jigsaw puzzle, door knob hanger, and sewing card page are also included and printed on card stock for greater durability. You can purchase the Sewing & Quilting Activity Book for $24.95.

The Sewing & Quilting Activity Book would be a great product to use in homeschool sewing co-op classes, as a supplement to a homeschool home economics sewing class, or just for young ladies who are interested in learning more about sewing. I was very impressed with all of the activities included in the book. I especially liked the games, sewing card, and the “practice threading your machine” card. All of the activities will build on or expand your child’s sewing knowledge in a fun and interesting way. I think making a sewing journal is a great way for children to keep a record of their work, and I love the page that was included to use as a sewing journal.

I do wish that a few more sewing projects had been included. There are four different ones and a button bracelet, but I would have liked to see one or two beginning quilting projects as well. The book was written for a wide variety of age ranges, so some of the activities are going to be a bit difficult for children on the younger end of the age range. But, there are many things they will be able to do, and the book can definitely grow with them.

Overall I think that the Sewing & Quilting Activity Book is a wonderful resource that young ladies interested in sewing would love to have. It is also great for busy mamas whose young ladies want to learn more about sewing but may not have time to sit down at the machine with them. It would make a great activity book to take while traveling as many of the activities can be completed with pen, pencil, or crayon.

-Product Review by Lisa Trombley, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, March 2015