WholesomeChildhood.com is giving away a wonderful homeschool freebie that is a great resource for beginners who would love to learn how to sew. It is primarily geared to teach young girls how to sew but is challenging enough that adults can enjoy it too.
This free ebook is a little over 100 pages long and is a free download from the following link: http://www.wholesomechildhood.com/1stitchery.html
The title of the book is Stitchery for Girls: A Five Year Course in Hand Sewing & Stitchery by Idabelle McGlauflin. It is dated as being published around 1911.
The book covers many different grade levels and drills for mastering sewing by hand. It has a drill for beginners in threading a needle and making knots that I have done on my own with our young daughters. I taught them to master these sewing steps so that they could keep on sewing without much help on basic elements of sewing.
I love that it has vintage photos and sewing samples such as a child’s picture book. The child’s picture book instructions includes a simple list of materials, simple directions for beginners, and then detailed exercise descriptions that teach you what to review and teach as well.
It has a cute doll’s quilt that uses very few materials (unbleached muslin, thread, No.6 needle, and quilt lining) and is filled with inspirational ideas of ways to incorporate hand embroidery.
It has an amazing amount of projects for the beginner that is accompanied with a photo of the finished product. I have seen cooking sets (apron, round holder, and sleeve protectors), mitered napkins, book covers, pin cushions, bags, towels, hand stitching samplers, illustration of plackets, and advice on color combinations and fabric.
For God’s glory,
Here are some sample pages from the free vintage beginner’s sewing book on the website above: