sewing in a straight line

Please scroll to the bottom of this post for book errata.


Hooray! I’m super excited to announce that after a long wait, my book, Sewing in a Straight Line, has finally hit the shelves!

You can finally buy it now, and get a copy in your hot little hands!

Ready to take a peek inside?

Sewing in a Straight Line is a collection of 26 projects for home decor, gifts, quilts, clothing and accessories that can all be made by simply sewing straight lines. My inspiration for this book came after many years of people telling me they’d love to learn to sew but they just didn’t know where to start. One day it hit me that so much of what I sew is super easy to make — in fact, much of it is sewn with straight lines only. And anyone can sew a straight line! So I set out to make a book that would show readers that they can make cute projects even with very simple skills.

My goal was to design projects that were cute and stylish, and that didn’t look like they were simple to make. I wanted to create a resource of good, basic pieces you’d return to again and again (and learn to customize to your own taste), like curtains, duvets, quilts, small gifts, simple clothes, and accessories. I also wanted to teach readers new skills, so once you get comfortable with the basics, there are lots of projects designed to teach you new stuff, like inserting zippers, working with specialty fabrics, and more.

Want to see some of the projects in action?

Check out my book videos! Each one will show you step-by-step how to make a project from the book, plus give you a peek at some more of the projects. (Special thanks to Coats & Clark for their sponsorship!)

Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara – How to Sew the Easiest Zippered Throw Pillow from Rarebit Productions on Vimeo.


Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara – How to Sew a Skirt in One Hour from Rarebit Productions on Vimeo.


Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara – How to Sew a Round Bowl with Straight Lines Only from Rarebit Productions on Vimeo.


Despite the best efforts of the author and publisher, sometimes mistakes happen. Below is a list of errata that have been discovered in Sewing in a Straight Line. If you have questions, please email me at hello [at] brettbara [dot] com. Thank you!

The Sewing School Skirt

On page 65, section #1 “measure + cut,” in the SKIRT BACK paragraph, the first line should read:
Divide A by 2 and add 18″(46cm) for measurement C. [Correction is in bold.]


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