To this day, I'm a visual learner – especially when it comes to learning a new crafting technique. I need to see it before I can do it. A lot of how-to books and manuals are sometimes tough for me because there aren't enough pictures and broken-down instructions. When I heard that Annie's, a well-known creator and curator of crafty supplies and inspiration, was getting ready to release two new fiber arts how-to books for children, I was very excited to learn more.
I Can Knit and I Can Sew take young crafters through the basics of knitting and simple sewing. The step-by-step instructions are accompanied by colorful photos and illustrations. Projects you can make yourself are packaged as lessons, showing the young crafter the basic steps one needs to master to move on to the next project. For example, I Can Sew offers up directions on how to tackle a simple project like a pillowcase, but then shows young sewers how to make a ponytail scrunchie and incorporating elastic into the project.
The books also do a good job appealing to a broad age range. In I Can Knit, there are projects to make clothing for dolls similar in size to the American Girl brand – yet another project is all about creating a cowl to wear with your favorite outfit.
Not sure what kind of supplies you'll need? Not a problem. Both books offer not only supply lists, but tips and tricks for each project, too.
If you make something from the book, show us! We'd love to see what you created.