10 Books to buy your children aged 3 to 9 to enhance their love of sewing ...

Little Stitchers and Mini Bobbins pre-sewing skills sessions will be launching in Teddington soon. We chose these books for their theme of sewing. Some of them are available as audio books. We read these books to the children at story time, so your child will love to have their own copy to re-read and share with you at home!

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1) Brave Irene is Irene Bobbin, the dressmaker's daughter. Her mother, Mrs. Bobbin, isn't feeling so well and can't possibly deliver the beautiful ball gown she's made for the duchess to wear that very evening. So plucky Irene volunteers to get the gown to the palace on time, in spite of the fierce snowstorm that's brewing-- quite an errand for a little girl.

But where there's a will, there's a way, as Irene proves in the danger-fraught adventure that follows. She must defy the wiles of the wicked wind, her most formidable opponent, and overcome many obstacles before she completes her mission. Surely, this winning heroine will inspire every child to cheer her on.

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2) "Goodness!" the little seamstress said. "I've killed seven flies with one blow." And to mark the event, she took out her favorite coat and stitched on the back:
SEVEN WITH ONE BLOW!
Proud of her amazing feat, the brave little seamstress sets off to tell the world. It's not her fault if, along the way, a giant sees her coat and thinks she slayed seven giants, now is it?
Based on the classic fairy tale "The Brave Little Tailor," Mary Pope Osborne's spirited retelling -- this time starring a gutsy seamstress -- and Giselle Potter's charming illustrations take you to a magical world where a little heroine meets even the biggest challenges with wit and imagination.

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3) Mr Cinders was a dressmaker and ran a shop in town. After his wife died, he was left to bring up their daughter, Ella, on his own. They lived happily until Mr Cinders married again. Poor Ella was treated horribly by her stepmother and two bullying stepsisters, but found solace in her friend, Buttons. Then one day, everyone except Ella is invited to a grand ball given by the Duchess of Arc for her handsome son. But on this very special evening there is more than a little magic in the air . . .

This outstanding re-telling of Cinderella is set in the 1920s and the paintings feature Shirley's own costume designs, inspired by the great French couturiers of the period.

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4) Joseph had a little overcoat, but it was full of holes--just like this book! When Joseph's coat got too old and shabby, he made it into a jacket. But what did he make it into after that? And after that?As children turn the pages of this book, they can use the die-cut holes to guess what Joseph will be making next from his amazing overcoat, while they laugh at the bold, cheerful artwork and learn that you can always make something, even out of nothing.

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5) It's Zoey's first collection...of books, that is! Collect the first four Sew Zoey books in this stylish boxed set that comes with a fashion-themed charm bracelet! Fashion's a snap compared to middle school: Just ask Zoey Webber! When Zoey's school gets rid of uniforms, it's the best news ever for a girl who loves clothes. Then Zoey's best friends, Kate and Priti, encourage her to sew her own clothes and start a fashion design blog! The Sew Zoey blog takes off, quickly putting Zoey on the A-list in the fashion world...but will things unravel at middle school? Whether she is teased or is a trendsetter, Zoey's friends always help her remember to take things one stitch at a time! This deluxe boxed set includes Ready to Wear; On Pins and Needles; Lights, Camera, Fashion!; Stitches and Stones; and a fashion-themed charm bracelet!

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6) The somber, hard-working people of an isolated town on the plains ply through life in the drabbest of gray clothes--until, in the linings of their pockets, they begin to discover lavishly embroidered pictures of far-away places, sewn there by a mysterious young woman who has recently arrived and taken up work as the town's seamstress. Exploring these stitched visions--of proud ships and sparkling oceans, of golden towers and distant cities, of buccaneers, sea serpents, and gold--the austere townspeople find themselves transformed. A husband and wife suddenly fall in love again, brightly colored flags appear on rooftops, houses are painted in azure and crimson, dances are held...

Pockets is Jennifer Armstrong's tale of people made new by their imaginations, and of the mysterious young seamstress who brings this about. Her luxurious storytelling is equaled by the rich palette and exuberance of Mary GrandPré's illustrations.

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7) Young readers are introduced to the craft of tailoring as Bruno the Tailor sews his apron step-by-step, with close-up illustrations of the materials Bruno uses as well as helpful tips and a pattern sketch.

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8) Owen had a fuzzy yellow blanket. "Fuzzy goes where I go, " said Owen. But Mrs. Tweezers disagreed. She thought Owen was too old for a blanket. Owen disagreed. No matter what Mrs. Tweezer's came up with, Blanket Fairies or vinegar, Owen had the answer. But when school started, Owen's mother knew just what to do, and everyone - Owen, Fuzzy, and even Mrs. Tweezers - was happy.


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9) A story about sewing, economizing, recycling, and sharing, this book follows a special party dress that a grandmother makes for her granddaughter, who narrates the story. Each year she alters the dress to accommodate the year's growth, until the narrator decides she can't keep her dress forever--and so passes it on to her little cousin.

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10) On his last day before retirement, Mr. Frank is sewing the most wonderful outfit of his long career. Who could it be for? In all his years working as a tailor, Mr. Frank has made all kinds of clothes. From the practical uniforms of the 1940s to the wild and weird designs of the 1960s and 1970s, he has seen (and sewn) just about everything. But today s project is especially close to Mr. Frank s heart. With its use of textiles and sensitive period detail, Irene Luxbacher s artwork is the perfect complement to her understated text. The result is a story that children and grandparents can share with equal delight."