Published Books

I am honored that C&T Publishing & Stash Books have chosen to publish my book, “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love.” I’d love to tell you a bit more about the book, my reasoning for writing it, and some of the inspiration behind the concept.

Project Teen: Handmade Gifts your Teen Will Actually Love by Melissa Mortenson

I’m very excited that my very first book was released in September 2014!  The book, Project Teen: 21 Handmade Gifts your Teen Will Actually Love, was published by Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing.

About the Book

If you love the types of projects that I post on the Polka Dot Chair site, I really hope you will love this book too! The book focuses on gifts that can be sewn for Teens and Tweens. Think that you’re kids and grandkids are too old for you to sew for them? I’m here to tell you that they are NOT!

Quatrefoil Quilt Pattern from Project Teen
Project Teen: Handmade Gifts your Teen Will Actually Love by Melissa Mortenson

Yes, you can still sew for the Teens in your life; you might need to switch up how you go about it. I give you lots of tips and tricks for planning projects that your teens will love in the book. I cover fabric selection, resource lists, shopping ideas, etc.

Project Teen: Handmade Gifts your Teen Will Actually Love by Melissa Mortenson

In Project Teen, you will find 21 Handmade Gifts for teens—projects from Pillows to tech cases and zippered pouches to hair accessories. There are even 5 fun and fresh quilt patterns in the book.

"You can do it" Quilt - uses printable inspirational quotes for the block centers. From the Project Teen Book.

Where to Buy the Book

You can find the book at many local bookstores as well as on Amazon.

Other Published Works

Melissa Mortenson, the founder of the Polka Dot Chair has contributed to many magazines and published book projects. Here are a few recently published works.

Lunch Hour Patchwork – February 2018 Published by Martingale.

Sweet Celebrations with Moda Bakeshop Chefs: 35 Projects to Sew from Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Fat Quarters, Charm Squares & More. My Apron Project is featured on the cover. Published by C&T Publishing

Fresh Fabric Treats: 16 Yummy Projects to Sew from Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes & More — With Your Favorite Moda Bake Shop Designers – by C&TPublishing. Messenger Bag & Laptop Case Projects.

For a full listing please visit our Press Page.

Magazine Features & Projects

Tropical Touch Pillow Pattern – Quilts & More Summer 2021

Put on Display Wall Hanging Pattern – Quilts & More Spring 2021

Pincushion Project – Quilts & More Winter 2020