Bend-The-Rules Sewing by Amy Karol
Straight off the bat I have to say I love this book, and it's one of my favourites. I bought it last year along with other popular sewing books but it was this one that truly stood out and inspired me to have a go.
Lovely glossy photos aside, this book is a treasure for newbies, why? because it treats you like a newbie!
Most sewing books aren't suitable for complete beginners. I know this because I bought a fair few of them last year and still couldn't find the courage to start the simplest of projects. I think the main problem is that most sewing books try to cater for all levels of experience and therefore don't cover the basics.
Amy Karol does, and better still she doesn't leave it until the last few pages of the book. Instead she dedicates almost a 1/3 of the beginning of her book to explaining what sewing tools are needed, what they are used for and when. She even provides a nice shopping list (which I used to kit myself out with at Lincrafts) aswell as a dedicating a section on basic sewing techniques.
Thanks to Amy I learnt to add a zip (using my new sewing machine), add lining to a bag and to realise that perfection is underrated.
The projects themselves are incredibly simple and really cute; perfect for complete beginners.