12 Jane Austen-Themed Activity Books: Crafting, Cooking, Coloring, & More

Tea with Jane Austen

What would Jane Austen (1775–1817), who had challenge enough finding publishers and readers in her lifetime, think of the fierce devotion to her exquisite body of work ever after? There’s even a name for those with an enduring passion for the author — Janeites — and Jane Austen Societies all over the world. Here’s a selection of Jane Austen-themed activity books for the most devoted Janeites on your list — or for yourself!

Here you’ll find gift books featuring activities inspired by Jane Austen’s world and her novels, including sewing, embroidery, crochet, coloring, cooking. You’ll even find an Austen-themed cocktail book, and the ultimate activity — a travel guide to Jane’s places in England.

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Jane Austen’s Sewing Box

Jane Austen's Sewing Box

From the publisher: Jane Austen’s Sewing Box opens a window into the lives of Regency women during a beautiful period in arts, crafts and design. Jennifer Forest examines Jane Austen’s novels and letters to reveal a world where women are gripped by crazes for painting on glass and for netting purses, economize by trimming an old bonnet, or eagerly turn to their sewing to avoid an uncomfortable conversation.

Based on Jane Austen’s novels and with illustrated step-by-step instructions for eighteen craft projects, this beautifully presented book will delight Jane Austen fans, lovers of history and literature and craft enthusiasts alike.”

Jane Austen’s Sewing Box: Craft Projects and Stories from Jane Austen’s Novels by Jennifer Forest on Amazon*.

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Jane Austen Embroidery

Jane Austen Embroidery

From the publisher: Jane Austen was as skillful with a needle as she was with a pen, and this unique book showcases rare and beautiful embroidery patterns from her era, repurposed into 15 modern sewing projects … Designs include an evening bag, a muslin shawl, an apron, a floral napkin set and tablecloth, and other pretty and practical items with timeless appeal.

These authentic patterns — many of which have not been reprinted in more than 200 years—are enlivened by vivid glimpses into the world of Regency women and their domestic lives. Fascinating historical features, quotes from Austen’s letters and novels, enchanting drawings, clear instructions, and inspirational project photography trace the patterns’ origins and illustrate their imaginative restoration for modern use.

Jane Austen Embroidery: Regency Patterns Reimagined for Modern Stitchers by Jenny Batchelor and Alison Larkin on Bookshop.org* and Amazon*.

 

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Embroider the World of Jane Austen

Embroider the world of Jane Austen

From the publisher: Embroider a beautiful piece of home décor reminiscent of the Jane Austen era!

Learn the traditional art of embroidery with this Jane Austen-themed kit. All the materials you’ll need to make the two featured projects are included: 12 iron-on transfers, embroidery floss, 2 pieces of fabric, 2 pieces of calico backing, 2 needles, and a 6-inch bamboo hoop.

A 64-page instruction book and full-color photos provide step-by-step directions. For fans of Bridgerton and other period dramas, Embroider the World of Jane Austen is the perfect gift to experience the regency era and learn a new craft.

Embroider the World of Jane Austen by Aimee Ray on Bookshop.org* and Amazon*.

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The Best of Jane Austen Knits

Jane Austen Knits

From the publisher: Enter the world of Jane Austen through timeless knitting patterns inspired by the places and characters in her beloved novels … The gorgeously evocative pieces include cardigans, knitted shawls, bags and other accessories, and knitted projects for men and children. While the knitting projects are inspired by the fashions of the regency era, they are every bit as relevant today.

Knitters obsessed with Jane Austen as well as stitchers just looking for wonderfully appealing projects will fall in love with the beautiful knitting designs. Essays on fascinating aspects of Austen’s life and the regency era round out this inspiring collection. Topics include the places where Austen lived, knitting in Regency England, the yarns available to Austen and her contemporaries, and dressmaking during the time period.

The Best of Jane Austen Knits: 27 Regency-Inspired Designs by Amy Clarke Moore on Bookshop.org* and Amazon*.

 

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Austentatious Crochet

Austentatious Crochet

From the publisher: Austentatious Crochet presents Austen fans with a unique opportunity to step into the scarf, skirt, or chemise of Elizabeth Bennett, Emma Woodhouse, and a host of other favorite Austen characters.

The book features thirty-six original crochet projects inspired by Austen novels but fabulously brought up to date and wearable today. The designs focus on women’s wear, such as dresses, sweaters, cardigans, and capelets, and also encompass accessories such as handbags, scarfs, and pillowcases and clothing for children … Fully illustrated with evocative photos, Regency-style illustrations, and step-by-step schematics.

Austentatious Crochet: 36 Contemporary Designs from the World of Jane Austen by Melissa Horozewski on Amazon*.

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Jane Was Here

Jane was here

From the Publisher: Jane Was Here is a whimsical, illustrated guide to Jane Austen’s England — from the settings in her novels and the scenes in the wildly popular television and film adaptations, to her homes and other important locations throughout her own life.

Discover the stately homes of Basildon Park and Ham House and the lush landscapes of Stourhead and Stanage Edge. Tread in Jane’s footsteps as you explore her school in the old gatehouse of the ruined Reading Abbey; her perfectly-preserved home in her Chawton cottage, where she spent the last eight years of her life; or her final resting place in Winchester Cathedral.

Whether you want to take this book as your well-thumbed guide on a real Austenian pilgrimage of your own, or experience the journey from the comfort of your own living room, Jane Was Here will take you — with a tone as wry as Jane’s itself — on an enchanting adventure through the ups and downs of the world of Jane Austen.

Jane Was Here: An Illustrated Guide to Jane Austen’s England by Nicole Jacobsen and Devynn MacLennan on Bookshop.org* and Amazon*.

 

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Jane Austen Wit & Wisdom to Color & Display

Jane Austen wit & wisdom to color & display

From the publisher: Jane Austen is one of the most beloved authors of all time, and her wit and wisdom transcends the classic literature classroom to resonate with women of all walks of life. For everyone who has dreamed of meeting her Mr. Darcy, we present a coloring book featuring Jane’s most profound, witty, and insightful quotes, along with art to color.

This clever and lovely coloring book series combines quotations from beloved wise women with beautiful black-and- white illustrations. In an attractive paperback format with foil embellishments, these books stand on their own as lovely art objects and impressive gifts.

Jane Austen Wit & Wisdom to Color & Display by Kimma Parish on Amazon*.

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Pride and Prejudice Word Search and Color

Pride and Prejudice Word Search

From the publisher: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a devoted Janeite in possession of a good pencil, must be in want of a great word search to color. Gather up your coloring pencils and prepare to unwind and relax while searching out favorite words from every chapter of the beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice.

Whether a gift for yourself or that special person in your life, the Pride and Prejudice Word Search and Color is a delightful activity book combining word searches with coloring-in which will provide hours of charming enterprise. 

Pride and Prejudice Word Search and Color: Jane Austen Activity Puzzle Book for Adults by K Carpenter on Amazon*.

 

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Gin Austen

Gin Austen by Colleen Mullaney

From the publisher:  This book celebrates the picnics, luncheons, dinner parties, and glamorous balls of Austen’s world. Learn what she and her characters might have imbibed, and what tools, glasses, ingredients, and skills you simply must possess.

Raise your glass to Sense and Sensibility with a Hot Barton Rum or Elinorange Blossom. Toast Pride and Prejudice with a Salt & Pemberley, Fizzy Miss Lizzie, or Cousin Collins. Brimming with enlightening quotes from the novels and Austen’s letters, beautiful photographs, period design, and a collection of drinking games more exciting that a game of whist, this intoxicating volume is a must-have for any devoted Janeite.

Sample a Gin & Bennet cocktail on this site! Gin Austen: 50 Cocktails to Celebrate the Novels of Jane Austen by Colleen Mullaney on Bookshop.org* Amazon*. 

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Tea with Jane Austen

Tea with Jane Austen

From the publisher:  Enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake with one of the world’s favorite novelists! Inspired by the novels and letters of Jane Austen, this collection of cakes, bakes, and pastries is based on authentic recipes from the Recency era, which have been fully updated for modern-day cooks … These rolls, buns, tarts, and biscuits will be equally welcome at breakfast, with mid-morning coffee, or for an English afternoon tea.

From Plum Cake and Gingerbread to Ratafia Cakes and Sally Lunns, Tea with Jane Austen has all the recipes you need to create the finest tea time treats, and the original recipes are given alongside, so you can compare them and appreciate modern time-savers such as dried yeast, and electric mixers all the more!

Tea with Jane Austen: Recipes Inspired by Her Novels and Letters by Pen Vogler on Bookshop.org* and Amazon*.

 

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Dinner with Mr Darcy

Dinner with Mr Darcy

From the publisher: Enter Jane Austen’s world through the kitchens and dining rooms of her characters, and her own family. You’ll find updated recipes for authentic Regency dishes, along with some of the originals to give a flavor of what cooking was like in the early 19th century.

Food is an important theme in Jane Austen’s novels—it is used as a commodity for showing off, as a way of showing kindliness among neighbors, as part of the dynamics of family life, and—of course—for comic effect. Dinner with Mr Darcy takes authentic recipes from the period, inspired by the food that features in Austen’s novels and letters, and adapts them for contemporary cooks.

… You will find fully updated recipes using easily available ingredients to help you recreate the dishes and dining experiences of Jane Austen’s characters and their contemporaries.

Dinner with Mr Darcy: Recipes Inspired by the Novels and Letters of Jane Austen by Pen Vogler on Bookshop.org* Amazon*.

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The Jane Austen Cookbook

The Jane Austen Cookbook

From the publisher: Jane Austen wrote her novels in the midst of a large and sociable family. One of Jane’s dearest friends, Martha Lloyd, lived with the family for many years and recorded in her “Household Book” over 100 recipes enjoyed by the Austens.

A selection of this family fare, now thoroughly tested and modernized for today’s cooks, is recreated here, together with some of the more sophisticated dishes which Jane and her characters would have enjoyed at balls, picnics, and supper parties.

A fascinating introduction describes Jane’s own interest in food, drawing upon both the novels and her letters, and explains the social conventions of shopping, eating, and entertaining in late Georgian and Regency England. The book is illustrated throughout with delightful contemporary line drawings, prints, and watercolors.

The Jane Austen Cookbook by Maggie Black and Deirdre Le Faye on Amazon*.

 

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Jane Austen’s Table

Jane Austen's Table

From the publisher: A gorgeous collection of more than 50 thematic recipes inspired by the people and places in Jane Austen’s novels. This beautiful collection of more than 50 recipes inspired by the novels of Jane Austen brings readers a sumptuous array of dishes that capture all the spirit and verve of Austen’s world and the Regency era, adapted and reimagined for the modern day.

With recipes such as Charles Bingley’s White Soup, Box Hill Picnic Pies, General Tilney’s Hot Chocolate, and Donwell Abbey Strawberry and Rose Delice, you’ll be able to serve breakfast, prepare tea, go on a picnic, or sit down for a posh dinner in the same style as your favorite characters from Austen’s stories.

Jane Austen’s Table: Recipes Inspired by the Works of Jane Austen by Robert Tuesley Anderson (to be published in March 2022) on Bookshop.org and Amazon*. 

 

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