One of the best books I’ve ever found to help the beginning sewer advance their skills at a quick pace is called “Sewing Projects in an Afternoon” by Susan Mickey. This book is incredible and I love, love, love it!
The instructions are straight forward and the projects are pretty much classy things that you wouldn’t mind having…rather than some of the what I call “country cottage” projects that some books have that just are not very elegant let alone functional. Once you’ve done a few of the projects in it working from beginner and up your skills will have advanced to a much higher level. The glossary in the back is wonderful and has all kinds of tips and how-to instructions such as “How to Make your own Biased Tape”. Which I had a difficult time finding anywhere else.
I spent maybe two hours all together on this project but I think it’s a lovely gift for someone that you know needs to relax but you don’t want to give them yet another lotion or body butter set that is going to be placed in a drawer and never used. The best thing is that you get to choose the materials that you think best suit the person that you’re making it for to match their taste and personality.