Have you ever wanted to learn to sew but don’t want to spend the money on a machine or expensive patterns and  tools? The Orem library can help you make something fun for pennies on the dollar in just a few easy steps.

First, check out the non-fiction books in the 646s. There you will find books with easy patterns that will walk you through the construction process. Once you have decided what you’re going to make, you can find inexpensive fabric in the curtain and sheets section at Savers, at the Utah Valley Quilt guild yard sales, or in the clearance bins at local fabric stores. When you have your fabric and thread, head down to the library Makerspace and try out the library’s Bernina sewing machine. We have scissors, pins, and super helpful staff.

Sewing experts will also find helpful books in the 646s. We have books for theater, cosplay, and Halloween costume ideas, as well as tailoring and fitting books. We even have books with ideas to rework existing clothing. If you prefer online materials, check out the sewing section of the Creative Bug database — which is free to use with your Orem Library card.

Here at the Orem Library, we have everything you need to get sew creative! Now check out a few of our favorite sewing books.

Learn to Sew | Librarian List

Half Yard Gifts : Easy Sewing Projects Using Left-over Pieces of Fabric

By Debbie Shore
Adult Nonfiction

Contains 22 projects to sew and give away, each made using less than half a yard of fabric. The book contains gifts for all your family and friends: the projects range from pincushions, bags and paperweights to aprons for budding chefs, kneeling pads for gardeners and tool belts for DIY-enthusiasts. The projects are made in a range of prints and styles and use a range of techniques: either follow each project closely, or adapt the size and fabric to suit the recipient. Debbie gives advice on how to customise the projects, so that you can create the perfect gift for your loved one.


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1, 2, 3, Sew : Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects

By Ellen Luckett Baker
Adult Nonfiction

1-2-3 Sew takes a building block approach to sewing, making it a cinch for crafters to improve their skills. The projects are presented in groups of three, each one building on the skills and techniques used in the project before. With 36 projects in all (ranging from clothing and accessories to bedding and decor accents), how-to illustrations, pattern pages in a pocket at front, and instructions for various finishing and embellishing techniques, this book is an essential toolbox of sewing basics.


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How to Sew Beautiful Aprons

By Christa Rolf
Adult Nonfiction

25 lovely apron designs to make. Ideal for the kitchen, home and garden. Each project is designed by renowned crafter and designer, Christa Rolf and each one accompanied by easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and templates. With a variety of styles ranging from the modern and trendy to the more traditional these projects are perfect for children and adults and are suitable for absolute beginners as well as the more advanced sewer. Make these designs yourself or be inspired to create your own personalised aprons!

Written by Lori, Librarian