These books are sew cool

These Books Are Sew Cool


The Victoria Avenue location of the Niagara Falls Public Library now has a sewing machine available for public use! Whether you want to learn how to sew, hem a new pair of pants, or create an elaborate quilt, the library has you covered.


Here’s a list of 6 books you might want to check out if you are interested in using our sewing machine or are just interested in sewing in general:


Complete Book of Sewing Techniques: More than 30 Essential Sewing Techniques for You to Master

Wendy Gardiner

Learn the ins and outs of sewing with this introductory guidebook. Among other things, you’ll find out how to use a sewing machine, how to work with different kinds of fabric, and how to measure out a pattern.


Crafty Little Things to Sew: 20 Clever Sewing Projects Using Scraps and Fat Quarters

Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield

Perfect for sewers of any skill-level, the various projects in this book are eclectic as they are fun. They include things like shopping totes, spa caddies, and hair baubles. What’s more, the library has a box of complimentary scraps on hand for you to use - ideal for nearly everything in this book!


Quiltmaker’s 1000 Blocks: A Collection of Quilt Blocks from Today’s Top Designers

Edited by Carolyn Beam et al.

This extensive collection of blocks will bring a smile to the face of any quilter. The patterns range from traditional to contemporary and every block-making approach is included from applique to foundation-pieced.


The Hero’s Closet: Sewing for Cosplay and Costuming

Gillian Conahan

Calling all cosplayers; this is definitely the sewing book for you! In it you’ll learn several costume design basics, such as pattern selection and some key embellishment techniques. It also contains 11 vital mix-and-match cosplay patterns that you can use to make the costume of your dreams.


Handmade Interiors

Laura Palosuo

If you’re into interior decorating, you’ll love this book. With projects ranging from pillows, slipcovers, bedding, curtains, accessories, and even a section just for kids, this book will help you spruce up your living space in no time.


Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book: A Modern Guide to Sewing Fabulous Vintage Styles

Gretchen Hirsch

Harkening back to a bygone era, the dress patterns in this book are as classy and stylish as ever. There are 23 patterns for you to choose from, but each of them allows for customization based on your personal preference so that your vintage creations are entirely unique.


            Check out our online catalogue at to find more great sewing books in our collection!


Laura Chadwick is the Information Resources and Connections Librarian with the Niagara Falls Public Library.

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