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Once kids have learned to sew by hand with Sewing School, they can now jump right into Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing!

From the publisher:

    For kids who have mastered hand sewing, machine sewing opens up exciting new possibilities! With Sewing School 2, children ages 7 and up can make 20 creative projects as they develop their machine sewing skills. With plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions written in kid-friendly language, young sewists can work independently and at their own pace. While creating projects that range from a secret message pillow and a water bottle holder to wall pockets, a zippy pouch, and even a fabric guitar and microphone, beginners will learn how to thread a sewing machine, how to use different fabrics and patterns, and why and when to use a particular stitch. “Make It Yours” suggestions offer ways for kids to personalize their projects, resulting in unique items that will be loved and treasured for years to come.

To give you a better idea about the clear guidance and photos in the book you can download the Etc. Backpack project from Sewing School 2 (project excerpt + pattern). This is an easy first sewing machine project, and versatile too! Use it to carry extras for your favorite summer activities, make the backpack as a present for a friend or as gift bags for parties… There are so many options!

You can also win a copy of Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing. (U.S. addresses only this time, please.) Tell us about your favorite beginner sewing project, or the first project you made when you learned to sew. Sewing School 2 would be a great summer sewing kickstarter!

Excerpted from Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing (c) by Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle. Photos by (c) Justin Fox Burks with pattern diagrams by Missy Shepler. Used with permission from Storey Publishing.