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Miss Patch's Learn to Sew Book

Miss Patch's Learn to Sew Book

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Miss Patch's Learn to Sew Book

5/5 (1 évaluation)
130 pages
38 minutes
Dec 16, 2014


“A charming introduction to the thrill of creating something with fabric and thread . . . Great for aspiring sewists of all ages!” (Gretchen Hirsch, author of Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing)
Sewing is a skill that’s both fun and functional, and there’s no better way to get started than with jolly Miss Patch! She learns how to thread a needle, cut patterns, and sew a fine seam by hand. With the help of Miss Patch, and the book’s many diagrams and amusing drawings, beginning sewists can learn to make a pillow, a bag, a patchwork quilt, an apron, and even simple clothes. Originally published in 1969, this is a timeless introduction to the pleasures of sewing.
“Overall, this book was nicely put together and included an introduction to sewing which was perfect for young girls and boys . . . It was creative and fun to look through.” —Sweetly Made (Just for You)
Dec 16, 2014

À propos de l'auteur

Carolyn Meyer is the acclaimed author of more than fifty books for young people. Her many award-winning novels include Mary, Bloody Mary—an ABA’s Pick of the Lists, an NCSS-CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults—and Marie, Dancing, a Book Sense Pick. She is also the author of Cleopatra Confesses and Victoria Rebels. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and you can visit her at ReadCarolyn.com.

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Miss Patch's Learn to Sew Book - Carolyn Meyer


Copyright © 1969 by Carolyn Meyer

Interior illustrations copyright © 1969 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Title type copyright © 2014 by Jillian Tamaki

All rights reserved. Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Harcourt Children’s Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 1969.

For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, write to trade.permissions@hmhco.com or to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 3 Park Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, New York 10016.


The interior illustrations are pen and ink.

The Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is on file.

Library of Congress Card Number: 69-11597

eISBN 978-0-544-38027-1


To Aunt Edith

If your mother sews,

or your grandmother,

or your aunt,

or your older sister,

you are lucky.

They will lend you their scissors,

and some needles and thread, and a thimble.

They might give you some pieces of cloth to work on.

And they can help you if you ever get stuck.

If no one at your house knows how to sew,

you are lucky.

They will think you are very smart

to learn to sew.

And they will never say,

Here, let me show you how to do it.

This is Miss Patch. She is learning to sew.

You will see that if Miss Patch can sew, anyone can.

(Anyone except, of course, her dog Charlie.)

If you have two pieces of cloth,

you can sew them together to make something.

You can make a pillow.

You can make a big one for your father’s chair,

or a fancy one for your bed,

or a little one for your doll’s bed,

or even a very tiny one, with something inside smelling good,

for your mother’s dresser drawer.

Miss Patch wants to make a pillow for Charlie.


MATERIAL: It is easier to work on at first if it is smooth and not too heavy. It is more fun if it is pretty. Try to pick the kind that is nicest for the person you are sewing for.

THREAD: When you are just beginning, use a bright color because it will not look so messy after you have worked with it. Use a color different from the cloth so that you can see what you have done. Next time you can use thread that is the same color as the cloth.

NEEDLES: A medium-sized one is good.

PINS: They hold things together while you sew. Keep them in a pincushion or stuck in a piece of paper. If your father sits on one, he might be angry.

SCISSORS: They should be sharp but not too big.

THIMBLE: Put it on the tallest finger of your sewing hand. Use it to push the needle through the cloth. It will feel funny, but you will get used to it, and then you will not want to sew without it.

BOX: Use any kind of box you have to keep your sewing things in. If you want, you can decorate it with crayons or fancy paper.

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