Book Review of Sewing for Babies and Children by Laura Strutt
Laura’s new book for Cico not only has kid's and baby clothing projects in it but also toys and accessories to make for babies, toddlers and children up to the age of 5. The projects are split into 3 sections:
1) Babywear – which includes cloth shoes, bibs, a romper suit, baby grow and harem pants.
2) Children’s clothes – including a few different dress styles, an envelope neck t-shirt, shirt, dungarees, shorts and adorable kimono style pyjamas.
3) Accessories – Including a changing mat, taggy blanket, toy rabbit and a cot quilt.
There are 25 projects in the book in total, 15 garments with full size patterns enclosed in a packet and the accessories patterns are in the back of the book (a few require enlarging). Unlike many books which tend to focus on the ‘pretty’ projects for girls this book has a great mix of projects for boys and girls, as well as some unisex ones too (ideal if you don’t know whether the baby will be a boy or girl). The garments are really cute, modern and stylish too. I've put a collage of images from the book at the bottom of this page to give you a taster of what you'll find in the book.
The instructions are thorough with colour illustrations for almost every stage to show you what you should be doing. There are sewing tips scattered throughout as well as tips for making the projects unique or personalised. You’ll also find step by step tutorials at the back of the book for the techniques needed
to make the projects, such as making bias binding, sewing elastic waistbands and gathering.
I think this book is not just good for those with babies and young children, but for those whose friends are having children and want to make baby gifts. My son is 9 now so past the projects in here, but I’ve made the toy bunny for a friend’s toddler. There are several fairly quick and simple makes which would be great for gifts like the bibs, the taggy blanket, the on-the-go changing mat and the hooded bath towel.
Find a project extract from this book here.