Sewing…the First Flag

History tells us Betsy Ross sewed the first American Flag. This is neither proven nor disproven because any evidence of this has been lost. Her contribution to the flag design was the suggestion that the stars should be a five-pointed star, which came easy for her to make. Sewing is the oldest textile craft and was done by hand until the sewing machine came along in the 19th century. Now you can get ideas for your own sewing projects with these titles from our digital collections.

Sewing 101 by Various Authors

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Written with the absolute beginner in mind, this book teaches all the basics for machine sewing with step-by-step instructions and photographs. Sewing skills are learned by working on projects, beginning with something very easy and getting progressively more difficult as the reader works through the book. New skills are explored in depth as they are introduced. The projects are divided into two sections: garment sewing and home decor/accessory sewing, making this the most comprehensive beginner's book available.

Essential Sewing Reference Tool by Carla Hegeman Crim

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This comprehensive, must-have book, Essential Sewing Reference Tool, by Carla Hegeman Crim, is an indispensable guide for anyone who sews (or wants to start). Organized for easy readability and usage, it covers everything you need to know whether you're making home decor, clothing, or accessories. Contents include an extensive overview on tools and materials, step-by-step instructions on various seams and finishes, information on zipper installation, size conversion charts, more than 300 how-to photographs, and so much more.

24-Hour Sewing Projects by Linda Causee

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You can't tell by looking at them but each of these 32 projects takes 24 hours or less to sew! Ideal for people who love to sew but don't have as much free time as they'd like, the quick and easy patterns are also great for whipping up personalized gifts for the holidays. Full-color photos illustrate simple directions for making accessories for the kitchen, from pretty potholders to a reversible apron. For the bedroom, patterns include a duvet cover and a variety of pillows. Make terrific towels for the bathroom, and for the nursery you can create a quickie quilt, blanket, and bonnet. Projects also include Christmas ornaments that will help dress up your home for the holidays as well as an assortment of unique gifts - purses and totes, jackets, a vest, and more.

Sewing for All Seasons by Susan Beal

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From autumn's bursts of orange and red to spring's lush greens, summer's long-lasting golden light and winter's cool whites and grays, the changing seasons provide endless artistic inspiration. In Sewing for All Seasons, author Susan Beal offers 24 beautiful projects imbued with the spirit of each season. Home sewists will enjoy stitching a cozy patchwork throw for autumn, a bright gardening apron to welcome spring, a colorful picnic quilt for summer, and soft woolen slippers for those chilly winter nights. With how-to illustrations, helpful templates and patterns, tons of color, and eye-catching photography, this book will leap off shelves and inspire crafters all year long.

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