I am over-the-moon excited to finally announce the publication of my first book! Sewing in a Straight Line: Quick & Crafty Projects You Can Make by Simply Sewing Straight, published by Potter Craft, will hit shelves everywhere July of this year.
I’ve had “write a book” on my to-do list for, oh, like seven years now, or maybe my whole life, so I’m thrilled that this is finally a reality. Can I just say, YAY!
Sewing in a Straight Line was born when I realized that although I really like to sew, and I’ve been sewing pretty much my whole life, the vast majority of what I make is sewn with straight seams only. No reason – just because lots of projects require nothing more. I also knew that people were often telling me they’d like to learn how to sew, but that it seemed so hard. And then I was like, lightbulb moment! I could write a book where I show people all the things they can make by sewing straight lines only, and then they wouldn’t think sewing is so hard after all, and we would all live happily ever after in crafty bliss!
I wasn’t sure if it could be done — would I end up with a book full of boxy, blocky, lame-looking “beginner” projects? It turns out, thank goodness, the answer is no! I made a collection of 28 projects that I truly believe are sophisticated and cute. Take the cover skirt, for example. It features a tailored waistband, pleats and button plackets — I think it’s super adorable, and it’s made with straight lines only. Can you believe it?
Inside the book there’s lots more where that came from, like a silk chiffon blouse, sundresses, totes, quilts, curtains, pillows, stuffed toys, a faux-leather purse, and much more. I worked really hard on writing instructions that are easy to understand, so I hope that even beginners will be able to take this book, dust off their sewing machine, and sew away. (There are also quite a few challenges in there too, so I think non-beginners will find plenty of inspiration as well.)
But enough about me! What about you? Well, for starters, the book is available NOW on pre-order, so you can reserve your copy today! You can order it from your favorite retailer, including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Borders, or from a local independent book retailer through IndieBound.
And watch this space for lots of book goodies to come over the next few months, including fun videos, tons of how-to’s, and even some juicy giveaways. It’s gonna be a sewing party up in here!
For now, I have a question for you. What are the sewing techniques you’d most like to learn? What are your greatest stumbling blocks? What would you love to make? Let me know — I’m preparing some how-to’s and would really love to have your input. Thanks!