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Arts & Crafts Books and Resources

This guide is intended to help you find books and other materials to assist your creative inspiration! It was also created with the beginner in mind and we have highlighted many beginner books and matched various crafts with Creativebug classes. Creativeb

Beginning Sewing


When you're in need of a project that's easy to sew and simple to style, look no further than Dress No. 2 by Sonya Philip. Part of her "100 Acts of Sewing" line, this wardrobe workhorse is eminently wearable and serves as an excellent base for layering. The A-line dress pattern features three-quarter sleeves, a scoop neck and patch pockets. Once you’ve learned how to make the basic pattern, Sonya shows you how to add inseam pockets, shorten to tunic-length, make a sleeveless variation, or add a color-blocked hem. It accommodates a wide variety of fabrics; try cozy flannel for chilly winter wear or cotton lawn for a breezy summer garment. The downloadable PDF pattern covers all variations and comes in size XS - 4 XL.


Intermediate & Advanced Sewing

In her class, How to Sew a Feed Sack, Elke Bergeron shows you how to design and sew a versatile vintage-style tote, which can be worn off the shoulder or as a cross body bag. You will learn how to work with feedsack fabric, add a touch of canvas ticking for reinforcement, sew together a linen lining, and create leather straps. Add brass rivets and clips, and you will have your very own sturdy, handmade bag.


Sewing for the Home


Try your hand at making your own home decor with Heather Bailey's Creativebug class: 

Round Button Cartwheel Pillow