inbox inquiry: sewing patterns

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time for an inbox inquiry! this one comes from my good friend, tammie. make sure to share your suggestions in the comments section!

easy sewing patterns

hi tammie! i am so happy to hear you're getting into sewing! i think you'll love it. :) i don't often use traditional 'patterns' but i do have several favorite pattern books, here they are!

lotta jandotter

simple sewing by lotta jansdotter. this was one of my first ever sewing books, and i loved every pattern in it! it holds a collection of 24 of her most popular sewing patterns with each pattern neatly tucked into a folder inside. you can use them over and over!
weekend sewingweekend sewing by heather ross. creative projects for clothing, accessories, and home items that can be made in a weekend or less. the sewing instructions are beautifully illustrated, and patterns for the projects are included on pullout sheets.
in stitchesin stitches by amy butler. my all time favorite designer! in this pattern book amy brings her fresh, modern style to the timeless craft of sewing. she presents more than 25 charming projects ranging from cushy floor cushions to smart aprons to stylish handbags.
bend the rules sewingbend the rules sewing by amy karol. a great book for novice sewers who are seeking something a little more modern. this book has a clear, down-to-earth sewing guidebook that includes 30 great projects.
seams to meseams to me by anna maria horner. illustrated in glorious color and sprinkled with her vibrant energetic fabric designs, this book explains sewing fundamentals in a refreshing style.
sew & stowsew and stow by betty oppenheimer. 30 exciting sewing projects - including grocery totes, lunch bags, aprons, dog beds, laundry bags, and yoga mat totes. these projects will help you get organized and help the planet with a wide assortment of reusable totes, carry-alls, and shopping bags.
readers: do you have any favorite sewing patterns or books? we would love to hear about them!


  • hello,
    i have two more to add to this fabulous list.
    there is one yard wonder by rebecca yaker. it’s a total must have. lots of different projects for only one yard of fabric. i just love it.
    and amy butler’s new style stitches. it has all kinds of bag patterns for different sewing skills. awesome.
    i had a blog post about it with some pictures. check it out if you like.
    sew and stow is on my list of sewing books as well. it’ll be in my cart next time i shop at amazon.
    awesome list!

  • I too recommend One Yard Wonders! Lots of fun projects and most can be done fairly quickly.

  • um, I’ve never sewn anything, but after reading your descriptions of these books I want to start! I wonder if this is just because my obsession with books or if I should actually give sewing a try? lol

  • I love One Yard Wonders as well, however, be sure to google your project before starting it: many of the projects have errors in them. Or you can go to Chronicle Books website and find the book/corrections and just download there.

    But yes, it’s a great beginner’s book!

  • Jan from Daisy Janie posts lots of easy patterns that are clear to follow….great organic fabrics too!!
    Have a look at

    Mel x

  • love the look of ALL these books…i have one i’ve used a lot call romantic home sewing…but i don’t remember who wrote it, sorry. i am heading to amazon to add some of these to my faves list :)

  • Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter is a great suggestion!! I have that book and I absolutely love it!

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