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Little Things to SewI was very excited when Liesl Gibson invited us to be part of the informal blog tour for her book, Little Things to Sew. I love the Oliver + S patterns and had seen previews of the projects, so I was eager to get a look at the book and try it out.

There are 20 projects in the book with full-size pattern pieces for each.  Each project has several full-color photos as well as illustrations for the procedures.

Oliver + S Puppet Theatre

Not surprisingly, the book is wonderful. The projects, like this Puppet Theater, are creative and fun.

There are lots of practical items you can make for your own children, such as a Reversible Bucket Hat, Bento Box Carrier, Art Smock and Messy Kid Bib.

Oliver + S Cloth Balls

There are also charming little projects that would make wonderful gifts like the Juggling Balls with Bag, Bear Puppet Bath Mitt and Cozy Winter Hat. (Perfect for all those birthday parties your kids get invited to!)

I wouldn’t want to “review” the book without actually giving the instructions a spin, so I decided the make the Messenger Bag for my 8-year-old daughter.  (I used Alexander Henry Barclay, Kaufman Organic Twill between the layers, June Dot Pink inside, and Kona Coffee for the straps.)

Messenger Bag Inside

As with the Oliver + S patterns, the instructions and illustrations were very clear. I also learned some new tricks (straps with adjustors and a pocket with an inverted pleat), which makes sewing fun!

The pattern pieces are printed on both sides of large sheets of paper so you have to transfer the shapes in some way to another paper or directly to the fabric. I used tracing paper, but next time would probably follow this method.

Overall, I think it is an excellent book and well worth the price for the 20 great Oliver + S patterns you get.

The publisher, STC, is giving away one copy of Little Things to Sew to one of our readers. (Be sure to check out the STC blog for lots of great info about all their books!) For your chance to win, tell us about one of the best little things you’ve sewn.