Sunday, 6 January 2013

My first sewing book

my learn to sew book list
She's got a skirt pattern and she's going to use it

While having my customary new-year clear-out, I came across the first sewing book I ever owned: My Learn To Sew Book. Why it had been put in storage I have no idea apart from the fact it's really tatty with a ripped and stained cover and half the pages are falling out. Anyway, what a blast from the past it is...

my learn to sew book cover
By Janet Barbour/illustrated by Belinda Lyon/published by Hamlyn, 1970

The projects are so familiar they're like old friends. Hello Lazy Daisy cat, Polly Dolly, hedgehog pin cushion and inhabitants of the primitive dolls' house:

my learn to sew book
(Not to scale)

And a special welcome back for these stylish lion slippers, I missed you *scroll down for a link to the pattern*

DIY felt slippers 
One of the mane things I like about this book

These lovely illustrations made sewing look fun...

my learn to sew book
Best hairdos ever

my learn to sew book
Ah the memories

Sew (geddit), if you can see yourself lounging about with two lions on your feet, click here for the slippers pattern...

Or, if you are looking for something a little less ostentatious, here's how to make this marvellous money belt:

DIY money belt
Put your money where your belt is

Does this classic kids' book look familiar to you? Or is there another one that got you into making things? Let me know in the comments!


  1. yep, i've got that one and another really battered copy of a book called mccall's golden do it book...which i loved but boy some of those crafts were hard to do!

    1. Hi Trixi. I've never seen the McCall's Golden Do It Book, so thanks for that... it has a lovely cover. I'll try and get hold of a copy and try out some of those tricky projects! x

  2. well, they were tricky for me when I was 8 or 9! have you seen the Collins book...lots of fun to make a's a cute book too.

  3. Oh! I don't know how I haven't discovered this blog before! It's so wonderful! I am a craft-aholic, and kitschy vintage crafts are my favorite. Thank You!

    1. Thanks Motley. Keep reading, you have come to the right place! :-))

  4. i have 2 copies of that book. one that i received as a child and one that i bought off of ebay a few months back because i recognized it. the childhood copy is still at my parents' house.