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95+ sewing books for children & sewing fiction for adults

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95+ sewing books for children & sewing fiction for adults! This post is a bit all over the place but I wanted to create a comprehensive list of all the sewing themed picture books I could find, then I added on some middle grade and YA sewing books that I bumped into, and lastly tagged on a section of adult non-fiction that is fabric or sewing related but not project-based.

95+ sewing books for children & sewing fiction for adults

There is sewing fiction abound for adults out there, but I got overwhelmed when working on the list because there were simply so many I didn’t think a comprehensive list was possible but I hadn’t read enough to do a true curated one! If this is something you’d be interested in, let me know and I’ll get to reading. My kids have grown up watching me sew but they’re especially excited when they see books with kids sewing in them, so I’m looking forward to reading and re-reading many of the ones on this list with them!

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95+ sewing books for children & sewing fiction for adults

These are separated into sewing picture books, YA/middle grade books, and adult non-fiction! Please consider ordering from your local independent bookstore and of course check your local library, too!

Sewing picture books for kids

Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Heather Ross

There is also a sequel, Dress-Up Mess-Up!

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The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau and illlustrated by Gail de Marcken

There is also a sequel, The Quiltmaker’s Journey and a book of actual quilt patterns to go alongside the story,

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Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright  and Ying-Hwa Hu

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The Quilt Story by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Tomie dePaola

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The Little Ghost who was a Quilt by Riel Nason, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler

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The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

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Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers’ Journey from Slave to Artist by Barbara Herkert Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

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Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe by Deborah Blumenthal Illustrated by Laura Freeman

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The Quilt by Ann Jonas

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My Name is Lizzie Flynn A Story of the Rajah Quilt by By: Claire Saxby, illustrated by Elizabeth Newcomb

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I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn Illustrated by Julia Denos

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Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman

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Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson Illustrated by Hudson Talbott

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The Blizzard's Robe by Robert Sabuda

The Blizzard’s Robe by Robert Sabuda

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Stitchin’ and Pullin’; A Gee’s Bend Quilt by Patricia C McKissack Illustrated by Cozbi A Cabrera

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The Josefina Story Quilt By Eleanor Coerr Illustrated by Bruce Degen

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Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson Illustrated by James Ransome

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The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy, Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

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The Flag Maker by by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, illustrated by Claire A. Nivola

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The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

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The Elephant Quilt: Stitch by Stitch to California! By Susan Lowell, illustrated by Stacey Dressen McQueen

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Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt by Lisa Campbell Ernst

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The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter

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Abbie in Stitches by Cynthia Cotten, Illustrated by Beth Peck

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My Forever Dress by Harriet Ziefert, Illustrated by Liz Murphy

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The Princess Gown by Linda Leopold Strauss, Illustrated by Malene Laugesen 

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The Whispering Cloth: A Refugee’s Story by Pegi Deitz Shea, Illustrated by Anita Riggio, Stitched by You Yang

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Pockets by Jennifer Armstrong, illustrated by Mary GrandPre

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Mr. Frank by Irene Luxbacher

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A Pattern for Pepper Hardcover by Julie Kraulis

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Lady Hahn and her Seven Friends by Yumi Heo

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The All-Together Quilt by Lizzy Rockwell

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Luka’s Quilt by Georgia Guback

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Just Right for Christmas by Birdie Black, Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

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The Flying Sewing Machine by Nancy Zieman, illustrated by Philip Ashby

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Sewing the Rainbow: A Story About Gilbert Baker by Gayle E. Pitman Ph.D. 

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My Grandfather’s Coat by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

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Sewing novels for middle & high school

The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

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Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George

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A House of Tailors by Patricia Reilly Giff

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Who Was Betsy Ross? by James Buckley Jr., Who HQ, illustrated by John O’Brien

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Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker: The Unlikely Friendship of Elizabeth Keckley and Mary Todd Lincoln

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Ready to Wear (Sew Zoey Book 1)by Chloe Taylor, illustrated by Nancy Zhang

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The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee

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Torn by Rowenna Miller

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Ten Thousand Stitches by Olivia Atwater

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Sewing non-fiction for adults

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Seams Unlikely by Nancy Zieman with Marjorie Russell

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Material Lives – Women Makers and Consumer Culture in the 18th Century by Serena Dyer

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The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World by Virginia Postrel

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Modern Fabric: Twenty-Five Designers on their Inspiration and Craft by Abby Gilchrist & Amelia Poole

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The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History by Kassia St. Clair

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Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle by Clare Hunter

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