Debbie Colgrove

Debbie Colgrove is an award-winning seamstress and tailor who has written two books for beginner sewers. She's contributed over 300 articles on sewing.


  • Author of Teach Yourself Visually Sewing and Sewing VISUAL Quick Tips ​
  • Entrepreneur with 40+ years of sewing experience
  • Member of the Home Economics Advisory Board for Columbia County, New York.


Debbie Colgrove is a former writer for The Spruce who contributed 391 articles over the course of 18 years. Debbie got involved with 4H as a child, excelling in competitions and winning awards for her sewing, and later became an assistant manager for a major fabric store chain and independent contractor for local manufacturers.

Today, Debbie teaches sewing by offering instructions for projects, economical sewing solutions, free patterns, and more. She teaches local 4H sewing groups and received the Partner in 4H Award in 2004 and 2006. Debbie was also a member of the Home Economics Advisory Board for Columbia County, New York.



Awards and Publications


Expertise: Sewing
Location: New York, NY

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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