If there’s anything more delightful to my second-grade daughter than sewing, it’s discovering the plethora of literature on the subject! Her focus on sewing and other crafting recently reached a fever-pitch as she diligently prepared her work for our County Fair.
Grace’s fair sewing project
Admittedly, I am not much of a seamstress, but my sewing-talented friend and I had a blast teaching a group of students (boys, too) in our home-school co-op about beginning stitchery. During each week of our “Stitch and Story” class, we worked on our projects and enjoyed a good book.
Here are some of our favorite fiction books about sewing!
I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn
This simple picture book was love at first read. I adore the resourcefulness of the main character and her mother as they refuse to let a favorite garment die but re-purpose it again and again.
The Berenstain Bears and Mama’s New Job by Stan and Jan Berenstain
This oldie but goodie has graced my bookcase since my childhood days. The whole family pitches in to help Mama launch her quilting business.
Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio
Crafty Chloe is both resourceful and magnanimous. Not only does she design a fabulous birthday gift, she shows mercy toward an undeserving party-goer, modeling two essential character traits for our children.
The Nesting Quilt by Cathryn Falwell
Excellent for younger children, this book also doubles as a great guide to help a child prepare to become a big sibling.
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
The Hundred Dresses is one of those masterpieces of children’s literature that could appear on any number of reading lists. Dress design is the theme of this moving tale about kindness. This short chapter book is suitable for young and old readers alike. The edition in my affiliate link features lovely illustrations.*
The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Sewing was completely essential for prairie life, so these chapter books feature it prominently. The audio version read by Cherry Jones makes these classics accessible to younger children.
The Little House Sewing Book
Technically, this gem is not a story. However, it is packed with sewing projects for little hands reminiscent of Laura’s childhood days, so it deserves a mention.
Happy Birthday, Kirsten (American Girl) by Janet Shaw
Many of the historical American Girl novels reference sewing, but Happy Birthday, Kirsten earns my Sewing Star Book Award. Pioneer children learn lessons in quilting and working together as they prepare a Friendship Quilt.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
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