Book Review: Sewing Simple Softies

“When teaching children to sew, the most important thing is to have fun.”

Front cover Sewing Simple Softies craft book with scissors and thread in background

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Wise words from the authors of the new craft book for kids (and parents), Sewing Simple Softies with 17 Amazing Designers by Trixi Symonds of Sew A Softie and Deborah Fisher from Fish Museum + Circus.

A craft book full of ideas to inspire kids to get sewing.

You may already know Trixi from her Sew a Softie Blog hops which I’ve participated in for the past several years, as well as her emerging worldwide crafting movement for children – Global Kids Sewing Party.

Trixie is passionate about teaching kids not only the practicalities of how to sew, but also its power to nurture creativity and community.

In this book, 17 designers have collaborated to create simple soft toy projects that will inspire kids to get creative.

sewing simple softies book page felt toys image

From a giant tomato made from a recycled sweater, to a cute teddy bear, this craft book has a project for all skill levels of new sewists.

All the softies featured can be made by hand, with no sewing machine or fancy equipment required.

You can watch the video I’ve posted above where I flip through the book to show you all the 17 softie designs.

Included is a section that gives advice on the best tools and materials to use, as well as a basic guide to stitches and techniques. Handy for adults that are new to sewing, so parents and kids can learn together.

sewing simple softies book page tools and materials

sewing simple softies book page stitch guide

The language level used in the book is clear, but I’d probably recommend it for tweens/teens and up. Younger children will need some adult guidance, so this is a nice book to use collaboratively, where the child can choose a project and an adult or older sibling can guide the project.

Look at what Emma made from Sewing Simple Softies

sewing simple softies book page felt toy toucan

Emma had a flip through the book and decided she wanted to make this cute little toucan with funny yarn legs.

sewing simple softies book page sewing a toucan

Even though she isn’t the most patient of crafters (and delegated many of the ‘boring’ tasks like tracing the pattern and cutting the parts), she did take some time to stitch the body and her favourite part, stuffing!

child sewing soft toy

We decided on blue legs because, fun fact, some toucans actually have blue legs – google it!

And after some help from me, threading needles and tying knots, Mr Toucan was finished.

girl holding a handmade toucan toy

If you’d like to make your own little toucan, giant taco or even a huggable bumble bee, you can find all the projects in Sewing Simple Softies.

You can buy Sewing Simple Softies in all good bookshops and online now – published by Schiffer Publishing.


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Sewing Simple Softies with 17 Amazing Designers/strong>
Format Paperback | 128 pages
by Trixi Symonds & Deborah Fisher
Publisher – Schiffer Publishing Ltd
Language – English
ISBN 9780764361272

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sewing simple softies book page sewing a toucan

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