my book is here!

After two years in development, my book Sewing in a Straight Line is finally hitting shelves today! Hooray! I’m super excited to share it with the world, at long last. I’ve got all kinds of goodies lined up to celebrate the launch, like a four-week worldwide blog tour, three fantastic web videos showing how to make projects from the book, and giveaways every day from now till August 12. Giveaways every day, people! Every day! So, bookmark this site, follow me on Twitter, and stop by every day to see what kind of sewing stuff you can win.

But first, want to see some photos from the book?

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, but 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 help you learn new stuff, like inserting zippers, working with specialty fabrics, and more.

The book is available for purchase today, so please check it out at these retailers:



I’m very excited to debut the first of three book videos I made with Rarebit Productions. Each one demonstrates how to make a project from the book, so you can see just how to sew it step by step. First up today, I am proud to present: How to Make the World’s Easiest Zippered Throw Pillow!

Zippers are a subject near and dear to my heart – I just think they’re kind of fun to use in sewing, and I know that some people find them intimidating, but I think they’re actually way easier to install than most people think – and what can I say, I just want the world to know that zippers are worth giving a try. So check out the video and let me know if it inspires you to get your zip on!

Major thanks to the fine folks at Rarebit Productions who created these videos with me, to Molly White for the wonderful music, and to many of my friends for coming out to help in guest spots. Very special thanks to Coats & Clark for sponsoring this video series.



I’m excited to set sail around the world-wide interweb, visiting crafty friends old and new on their blogs. Come, travel along with me and visit some great sewing and craft sites on the dates below (links coming soon):

Tuesday, July 19: Stitch magazine blog

Wednesday, July 20: Design Sponge

Thursday. July 21: Vickie Howell

Friday. July 22: Kristen Nicholas

Monday, July 25: Crochet By Faye

Tuesday, July 26: Prudent Baby

Wednesday, July 27: Craftsy

Thursday, July 28: Nicole Smith

Friday, July 29: The Crochet Dude

Monday, August 1: Coquette

Tuesday, August 2: CraftSanity

Thursday, August 4: CraftZine

Friday, August 5: Ellen Gormley & daughter Chickee

Monday, August 8: Etsy Craft Night

Tuesday, August 9: Linda Permann

Wednesday, August 10: Cal Patch

Thursday, August 11: TrueUp

Friday August 12: Blog tour finale & grand prize giveaway winner announced!



Let’s kick things off today with the first of many giveaways – an autographed copy of Sewing in a Straight Line and an 18-spool set of Coats & Clark Dual Duty XP Thread.

T0 enter, leave a comment telling me what you’d like to learn to sew. The winner will be drawn tonight, Tuesday July 19 at 11:59pm EST. One entry per person please. This contest is now closed. Please check out the current contest, running every day through August 12!

Check back here soon for more book announcements! xoxo

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  • Leslee

    I need perk up my kitchen with a new set of curtains, so I’d love to learn how to do a set of them.

    Love your blog and website…really neat!

  • maryse

    the new blog looks great and i’m looking forward to checking out your book. my sewing skills are extremely basic so i pretty much want to learn how to sew everything.

  • MB@YarnUiPhoneApp

    Congrats on the new book, which is a perfect title. I had a friend who said she could learn to sew if she only had to do straight lines. Well, here you go!

  • Jenni S.

    Hi Brett! Loving the new website.

    I’m so excited for your book! It looks like the perfect intro for a beginning sewer like me. i really want to learn how to sew those cute fabric bowls. I’ve made some crocheted bowls in the past (even on from fabric) but this would take them to a whole new level.

    Congrats on the new book and keep up the great work!!

  • Trudy Barnes

    Brett, Those bowls are sooo cute. They really make we want to learn to sew, so I guess that would have to be my answer.

  • Minty

    Congrats on the new site and the fantastic new book. It’s such a great book with projects that are perfect for beginners as well as advanced sewers–there’s no one this book shouldn’t appeal to!

  • Tracie Barrett

    I was taught to sew many many years ago (as a teenager) and know the basics, but I’m so rusty and I don’t trust my own skills anymore. I’d love to relearn how to sew cute clothes, but more importantly, I need to learn how to sew household items: window treatments, pillows, kitchen stuff, etc. I’m going to be moving into an adorable 1927 house soon and I’d love to add details that will make it even more homey and comfortable. :)

    • Brett

      CONGRATS, TRACIE! You won this giveaway!! You win an autographed copy of the book plus a set of Coats & Clark thread. yay! I’ll email you with details. Thanks for playing!

  • Amelia Adams

    I would like to learn how to sew those cute fabric bowls!

  • Kate Farlow

    I REALLY want to to learn to sew curtains, pillow cases, & sweet baby dresses!!! I bought a sewing machine just to learn these things!!! & who better to learn from?! <3

  • wendy montgomery

    Hi, I love your shiny new blog and your book looks amazing.
    I would like to be able to sew easy but cute Curtains. I have a Crafty bedroom/craft room full of beautiful Fabric, Wool and makes just waiting for a pair of Curtains. xxxx

  • Jean Anderson

    Congratulations on your book! I’ve been sewing for a long time but still have a hard time doing nice corners & zippers still scare me.

    Looking forward to season 4 of Knit & Crochet Now, too!

  • Pattie

    I’m like Tracie, I need to relearn some sewing skills. I’ve been sewing since I was in junior high school (not middle school, that tells you how long it’s been!), but haven’t done much lately besides hem jeans for friends. I’d love to learn how to make those bowls, that purse, that skirt……

  • Marci Ellsworth

    I would love to learn how to sew just about anything! I love the bedspread/quilt you have pictured. Congratulations on your new book. <3

  • Judith Gellerstein

    I would love to learn to sew some simple table decor, like placemats, coasters, etc.

    I have my mother’s old sewing macine and wold love to be able to use it more…

    Judith Gellerstein

  • Jazz

    Hi! Congrats on your book, videos an website, they’re all amazing! I’d like to learn howto sew so I can make myself and family (all girls) nice skirts, and dresses and stuff.

  • christi

    I love your new site and am so excited for your book! I’d love to learn how to sew that gorgeous bedspread you pictured above, plus any clothes for me that involve mostly straight lines. :-)
    Thank you!

  • Amanda

    Congratulations on the book! It looks fantastic. I would love to learn to sew just about anything. Right now I only have some hems to claim (and they have almost straight lines!). Right now in this heat I’ve been thinking I need to learn to sew some simple skirts.

  • Pat

    I would love to learn how to sew using paper piecing. Good luck on the tour! It sounds like it will be exciting! : )

  • jennie

    congrats on your book! i’d really like to get up the courage to tackle a big project like learning how to make a quilt.

  • Catlyn

    Congratulations! Iv been a follower of yours since the first season of Knit and Crochet Today! and have been so excited to pick this book up! It looks so amazing and full of great projects! Iv always wanted to sew myself some simple curtains. It always seems like the ones at the stores are bland and overpriced and making some would give me great practice as well! This book will be amazing I know it! :-)

  • Nouveau Stitch

    Veteran sewist here! But what I’d really like to do is teach somebody … close by….what I know so I could pass it on. There are so many who are intimidated by a sewing machine or serger but work all day on far more complex machines. Sewing is a cinch, people! This book should really help!


  • sealed4ever

    Love the blog and the book! I’d love to learn how to quilt as you go, but not the formal way, the flip and quilt and flip and quilt way. I’ve seen it done but haven’t tried it yet. We with microscopic living space need an easy way to quilt. Thanks, Brett. Can’t wait for the next season of Knit and Crochet Now.

  • donner

    I’d like to refashion a men’s dress shirt into a dress for me. I know it can be done, I’ve seen it on websites, but haven’t taken the plunge yet myself….

    Congrats on your new book, and I love your new apt. I was born in Brooklyn and would love to live there as an adult…neato!

  • Ronda Kirkbride

    I want to make those gorgeous bowls that look they are made from napkins! I could make a hundred of them and have use for each one somewhere at home or work!

  • Annie

    Super new site…looks very professional and up to date. Congrats on the book release!

    I would love to master mitered corners on pillows or quilt binding!

  • Stacy

    I’d love to learn how to sew a simple Summer dress. I see so many maxi dresses in the store but I want to wear my own design. Do you have a simple pattern for a super cute maxi?

    PS. Love the new website, Congrats!


  • Nez

    I can sew a button back on!

  • Nan

    Learning to sew is the goal of 2011. Have completed a few small projects, a Nook cover, a reversible wrap dress for granddaughter, a couple bibs for the grandson. And you know, they all were pretty much straight line sewing! Too funny! The next ventures are hopefully, fingercrossed, holding breath….zippers and buttons! and in the words of Scooby-Do…YIKES! I love the bowls, and now after your zipper video, I’ll tackle a wristlet! Also, have been a viewer of Knit and Crochet Today/Now since the beginning. I’m one of those that has the goal of doing a square a week, along with the show, on the featured afghans you do! Keep up the excellent work!

  • Susan B.

    I’d like to learn to sew button holes without one of those fancy machines that does it for you. I have an old basic machine from my mother and am always a bit scared of button holes, but there are so many gorgeous buttons out there!! Congratulations on the book!

  • Emily

    I would love to sew some furniture covers. With 3 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats and a husband who enjoys the snack, my furniture needs all the help it can get.

  • andi

    I’m so disappointed to find your little video now and not 2 weeks ago! LOL! I made a small throw pillow and it turned out nice, but it would have been so much more professional this way!!

    Looks like an amazing book!!!

  • Halliday

    Love your new site! I’d like to learn how to sew a blazer. I’ve picked the coolest fabric – I just need a pattern.

  • http://@ladyjanetontwitter Janet Beach Davis

    I used to sew all my son’s clothes,and many of my own, but I never got into quilting. I now have several quilting friends and the call of my sewing machine is coming back strong! I don’t want to make bed quilts though, I love small, arty, wall quilts. I’m going to have to learn to applique as well, I think.

  • Caitlin

    My living room is in desperate need of curtains and pillows, so those are first on my list! Congratulations on the book and thanks for the giveaway!

  • Megan

    I love simple sewing. I am constantly taking apart old clothing items and reusing the material. Recently I took an old pair of pants and cut them off to make shorts. Instead of throwing out the cut-off legs I turned them into shorts for my son, now we are both braving the heat wave here in Brooklyn in style. I feel like I can do a lot with a little but I was given some gold lambskin pants a while back and though they are ultra exciting to wear for New Years I want to turn them into something more practical for everyday life. I have never worked with leather before and find it daunting. But I see that you have a project for a nice big shoulder bag in your book and I’d like to try that on for size!

  • liz

    I would love to sew anything!! I have a sewing machine but cant really sew in a straight line! I *need* that book!!

    Thanks – love you on Knit and Crochet now!

  • Patti

    What a great book! I would really love to tackle zippers – looks like your book is just the ticket!

    Thanks and best of luck!

  • Helen G.

    So excited for you! I would LOVE to get my own copy! Hmm, I think i need to learn to sew my own curtains… or simple pillow cases and bedding. Thanks!

  • Emily Furda

    Congrats on the book Brett! Love your creations. I’d love to learn how to make pretty dresses for summer that you can add a bra to. Skinny straps are pretty, but not if you’re um “blessed up top.” Strapless bras just don’t work. I’d also love to know how to make a pattern larger. I’m a plus size & as you know, patterns seem to run small, so even bigger sizes don’t always fit right.

  • Kari S

    Oh this book looks fantastic! I have followed your blog for about a month and your ideas are awesome! Congrats on the book launch and hopefully I will have a copy soon!

  • Lindsey Stephens

    I’d love to win this book – since sewing a straight line is about all i can do sewing wise. I would like to learn to make bags and totes.

  • Liz M.

    What a good lookin’ book! I am dying to get to my machine, but I get really overwhelmed when it comes to sewing. I need to work on combining fabric inserts to some of my crochet goods and this will work perfectly!

  • Carrie b

    I would love to learn how to sew clothing. Also how to correctly alter clothes to fit my body. That would make life so much easier! Congratulations on your new book!

  • Amy Burwell

    Congratulations on the book! I can’t wait to pick up a copy of your book, and it will make great Christmas presents for my Mom and sister. I would love to learn to sew my daughters dresses. I already knit all of her sweaters, and I get such great compliments on them.

  • Chris

    I am addicted to tote bags, and would love to make some myself! Love the new website!

  • Cathy Peskey

    I am so excited for your new book to be released! I would love to sew a sweet dress for my grand baby.

  • Amber P

    I can’t wait to see all of the projects in the book. You are so fun and classy, I’m sure I will want to make everything. Congrats.

  • Aish S

    Waiting to get a grabs on your book…. I like to make cute whimcal stuff for my home..Congratulations!!

  • Eve

    I would love to learn to sew clothes for myself; I find it really intimidating.
    Your video tutorials showing how to make some of the projects are excellent! Thank you for posting those!

  • Karen

    I would love to start sewing my own clothes. I especially love dresses, but find they all look the same in stores and I would like to update my wardrobe with a few that are unique to me!
    Excited for your book, can’t wait to have an opportunity to look at it!

  • Arlene

    Love the book and awesome website. Congratulations. love you!!!!!

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