CIG Sewing

Hand sewn needlecase

Make this wool needlecase with just a few basic hand-sewing skills.

It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year since The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sewing finally arrived on bookstore shelves. It’s quite a process to bring a book to print, and I have to admit that this project had me hopping to get text, illustrations, and photos out the door. When the final touches finally flew from my fingers, I had to sit back and say “Whew!”

Some days were a crunch, to say the least, but I’m glad that I had the experience. I learned so much from my co-author, Rebecca, about both sewing techniques and editing, and I’m surprised at how many times I refer to the finished book for information as I’m working on new sewing projects. Every time I pick it up, I think “Wow. There’s a lot of information in here!”

Handy Hip Bag

This Handy Hip Bag is easy enough for beginning sewists to make.

CIG Sewing starts with hand-sewing essentials–basic sewing tools and stitches–then moves on to machine sewing. There’s a fun, fast project in nearly every chapter, so you can immediately practice each new skill. We included tons of techniques, so you have plenty of opportunity to add your own individual touch to anything you make. You’ll learn to re-work ready-to-wear, play with patterns, and how to draft a few simple patterns of your own.

I’d love to hear what you think of the book. Take a look inside at, and view an extra project online.

Double-Bind Pillow

Find out how to use a trim technique to accent a pillow top with the Double-Bind Pillow project.

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