this is it… meet my book!

April 15, 2014

surprise!This is it… Let’s Sew Together!!! This is my book! Book, meet all my dear readers, and dear readers, meet my book!

It’s all so strange, so nerve-wracking, but also super exciting! Let’s Sew Together officially goes on sale on May 20th, but if you pre-order it now (from the retailer of your choice, see my sidebar for suggestions!) before the official release, you will receive a special digital project booklet. Once you order it, just forward your receipt (attach the receipt or a screenshot) to [email protected]. There are a ton of projects in the book, and I made so many, that we had to overflow some into this special pack. I was bummed when because of page count and the sheer amount of good stuff we put in the book, we had to take some things out, but I’m glad you can still get it this way. It’s a sweet little pack (with 6 projects) and you’ll love them for sure!

You can see a quick flip through of the book, but it doesn’t even show all the projects. The focus is on sewing and teaching you the basics, and how to incorporate kids into it. Making and creating with your kids is really something special. It’s not always about the project, but more so about being together. There are also non-sewing projects and activities, as well as a list of books to read along with almost every project. Sort of like the “Read & Make” series I do here on the blog. And, don’t worry, there are definitely boy friendly projects in here too. I borrowed my friends’ son and he was my faux-son for the book.

I know many of you in the past have wanted me to make a pattern for my giant dollhouse pillow, or my world map quilt, and some of my softies. Well, these things are in the book (you can learn how make your own giant dollhouse pillow and you own world map quilt!), plus a whole lot of other projects I’ve never shared on the blog.  Some of you might have been reading from back in the day when I used to make and sell my wool felt crowns, and you can get a pattern and how-to for those too, but it’s in the special pack if you pre-order the book.

One of the most special things about the book, is that besides True and Brave working on the projects (we did this together after all), their illustrations are littered throughout the book. My biggest gals are published illustrators! I think they are already starting off with an impressive resume. Their names are even listed in the ISBN mumbo jumbo stuff at the beginning, and they were so excited to see that. This moment I shared on instagram was super special because this was them looking at their hard work in the book for the very first time.

There’s so much and I can’t wait to keep sharing more about this whole book thing. It’s so surreal and to have the people over at Random House (Potter Craft) behind me is truly a dream! There will be more posts about the process and how balancing (and unbalancing) in our home took place during the whole thing. I’m so excited about it and I hope you guys are too! So if you want to get more up close and personal with my book, you can pre-order it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, or Indiebound. You should get it on or around May 20th, just in time for filling up those summer days. Come on guys, let’s sew together!!!

To receive an exclusive .pdf with a previously unavailable Rubyellen Bratcher sewing pattern please forward preorder confirmation to [email protected]

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54 comments on “this is it… meet my book!”

  • Kim says:

    I’m so excited about your book! I def want to make my girls some crowns and a doll house pillow. Wondering though, what age kiddos do you think most of these projects are good for?

    • Rubyellen says:

      The older they are, the more they can participate in the actual making of the projects, but there are also a lot of projects made with babies in mind to play with too (and could still be played with as they get older). I also have a list of kid friendly sewing tips and ideas of things that can be done based on their age.

  • lin says:

    pretty dang cool.

  • Sarah M says:

    Did you announce this awhile back? I have been reading for years and I must have TOTALLY missed this! Yay! Sooo excited for you. It’s popping onto my amazon wishlist and pinterest book board STAT!
    Sarah M

  • Jessica G. says:

    I am so excited about this! The book looks beautiful. I am a beginner when it comes to sewing and am excited to take on some projects, so this seems just up my alley. PLUS, it gives me the opportunity to support a blogger I love.

    • Rubyellen says:

      This will definitely get you sewing more! And thank you soooo much for all your support!

  • Ruby, that’s soooo exciting! Seeing the book’s Amazon page makes it so official. : )

  • Reni says:

    OOO!! Gimme gimme! I’m absolutely crazy over the dresses you sew. Thank you for the inspiration. Can’t wait to get my hands on this.

  • Amy C says:

    Love your creativity! I pinned info about your book too. Hope it goes viral and gets you lots of sales!

  • Anne says:

    Holy moly! Random house is your publisher? Congrats on this amazing accomplishment!

    • Rubyellen says:

      I was in disbelief when they first contacted me. I am super thankful and just in awe at how it all happened. Thanks Anne! I know you’ve been following for a long time too!

      • Anne says:

        Yes following since your ilovebenny days. 🙂 I am so not crafty but have loved watching you make all kinds of fun things for the kids. Maybe I’ll be inspired to do whip out my 3 year old sewing machine which has never been used to attempt to create something from your book. 🙂 Maybe even make a doll for my little girl. Seriously having her is making me itch to make these things! Or maybe I’ll make stuffed light sabers for the boys which wont injure them like their plastic ones 🙂
        Okay I’ve rambled enough, Congrats again!

  • Bethany says:

    It looks amazing!

  • julie :) says:

    Sharing in your excitement! Yay!!!

  • Andria says:

    Ha! I’ve been reading since the days of the wool felt crowns! I love them! This book looks spectacular. So awesome to see women making their dreams come true!

    • Rubyellen says:

      Thank you soooo much Andria! And if you’ve been around since those wool felt days, I’m so glad and thankful you continue to follow along!!!

  • Manena says:

    I will definitely order my copy…Congratulations!!!

  • Congratulations, I can’t wait to pick up my copy.

  • Lindsey P says:

    So happy for you! It looks awesome from the quick flip-through!

  • ira lee says:

    that’s so exciting!!!! im very happy for you!

  • Brooke Knipp says:

    Yaaaaay! So excited for you! What a wonderful accomplishment. Can’t wait to check it out 🙂

  • Jessie K. says:

    Just pre-ordered! Can’t wait to do some projects with the kids over summer! Congrats Ruby…this is amazing! 🙂

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  • Katie says:

    Just pre-ordered THREE!

  • Frédérique says:

    Your book seems absolutely perfect! I can’t wait for May 20th!

  • misha lulu says:

    Congratulations I can’t wait to get one! looks amazing!

  • How exciting!!!! I just ordered one and can’t wait for good tips on how to sew with my kiddos 😉

  • Georgia says:

    Congrats on your book! I have been a long time reader and have watched your kids grow. Now I get to create the same projects with my own kids. Sad the exclusive PDF only available to US residents. Can’t wait for the book to come out?

    • Rubyellen says:

      THANK YOU! I’ll my publisher about that and let you know. I think it’s some legal thing that they have to state and only allow that, but I will double check for you.

  • Georgia says:

    Suppose to be ! Not ?

  • GladMama says:

    I just ordered one through Amazon! Really happy to support you, you are one of the most honest and awesome blogs out there. I can’t wait to make some projects with my children!

  • Heather says:

    I am so excited you put out a book! I am a beginner at sewing and I think your teachings will cause me to be less frustrated at that machine!

  • Christine says:

    I’m sharing on my facebook page, dropping hints to my hubby to get me the book for my birthday 5/31. congrats!

  • Jean-Li says:

    Gosh! Am so excited you’ve all your fantabulous crafts in 1 volume. Only booboo is that shipping to Malaysia cost more than the book itself! Probably wait till I come over in Aug to study to get my hands on a copy!

  • Congrats Rubyellen!! I am so excited to order this rad book and spread the word. XOXO

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  • Erin says:

    Congratulations! this is so exciting- I’ll have to pick this up when I see it in my local bookstore- I’m so happy for you and just want to say: WOW!! you are raising four kidlets, are homeschooling And wrote a book! Give yourself a huge pat on the back Mama!

  • sgrmse. says:

    CONGRAAATTTTTSSSS!!!! omg. this is freakin cool :’D you really are an inspiration miss rubyellen <3

  • LidiaATX says:

    Hi there! My girls and I are excited to try out some projects together from your book. I wasn’t sure where to address this but I have pre-ordered the book (yay!) and sent a screenshot of the order confirmation to [email protected] almost a week ago. I haven’t received the pdf yet. Will the pdf be released when the book ships? And once again sorry if this was the wrong place to make inquiries, I just couldn’t find any info at Either way thanks and can’t wait to check out your book!

    • Rubyellen says:

      See my comment below, but if you don’t hear back in a day, email me!

      • LidiaATX says:

        I also received my pdf. Thank you for taking the time to check out what was going on with the pdfs and your quick response. I really appreciate it!

  • Alli says:

    Same ? as LidiaATX! Preordered May 7th and forwarded to random house but haven’t received anything yet?!? Very excited to try your fun projects with my girls!

    • Rubyellen says:

      I know that the person in charge of that portion of the pre-order promotion had a family emergency and he had to leave out of town for a few days. I’m guessing that may be the delay, but I just sent an email to my editor and the person in charge of that promotion to follow up. Hopefully they get it to you soon! I’m so sorry for the delay. If you don’t hear back in a day, email me and I can take care of it.

    • Rubyellen says:

      Just heard back and they get sent out in weekly batches, but they got behind last week, so they said they would send them out today. Hopefully soon, and if you don’t get it, email me.

      • Alli says:

        pdf preorder just came through on my email this morning…it’s amazing!!! thank you!!!

  • Naomi says:

    Love it! Added it to my wish list when you first posted about it and was gifted it for Christmas. What’s better than a great book? A great book for free!

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