Simple Sewing Books and More

Like many of the "lost arts," sewing has undergone a recent surge in popularity, largely due to social media (check out Feedspot's "Top 100 Sewing Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2018" for starters) and thanks, in part, to the huge hit Project Runway. However, there are a lot of other reasons people take up sewing. Sewing provides an outlet for creativity and individuality, as well as a sense of satisfaction in completed projects. Sewing your own clothes appeals to the eco-conscious and allows those seeking better quality, organic or fair trade fabrics to choose the types of materials they wear. It can also save you money and there is a large DIY culture in the world of sewing that favors upcycling, reusing items to make new creations. 

Learn new techniques for all levels of sewing from hundreds of how-to videos available through Access Video or from the selected titles below.


Not your typical sewing book and a great complement to library Makerspace events! Full of fun fiber art techniques for making wearables, playthings and decorative items. Upcycle wool sweaters and t-shirts into new creations, design your own sock creature, make a wearable shelter and more. Great for teens and tweens.

A Kid's Guide to Sewing

This easy-to-follow guide shows you everything you need to make super simple projects that kids (and all ages) will actually use and/or wear. Make a variety of pouches and bags, clothes, placemats, a pet bed and much more. 

First Time Sewing

The title says it all. This book is the ABCs of sewing and provides all the basics, as well as instructions for making eight simple projects.

Also in eBook format.

The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction

When it comes to sewing, I need to see how to do it. This is a great basic guide with step-by-step photos that show everything you need to know about garment construction from gathering the necessary tools to complete.

Threads Sewing Guide

If you had to pick one definitive guide to sewing, this is your answer book. A comprehensive sewing encyclopedia that covers all the bases of sewing. You can also check out the Threads Magazine at multiple library locations. And if you want more tips and techniques (894 to be exact) from Threads, check out Sew Smarter, Better & Faster.

The Sewing Bible for Clothes Alterations

Trouble finding clothes that fit perfectly? Don't have the budget to buy new clothes? No problem. This guide will help you make alterations and repairs on your existing wardrobe as well as offering valuable fashion and fitting advice.

Sewing by Heart

Spring and all its colors pop off the pages of this beautifully photographed book. If you like the charming look of quilts, you will love all the sewing, patchwork, applique and quilting projects designed to bring color and beauty to your home.