Bend-The-Rules Sewing by Amy Karol for a while now but only recently made some of the projects. The book provides a lot of great advice for sewing beginners including buying a sewing machine, buying fabric, tools and techniques. There are a number of projects that use only a small amount of fabric, perfect for using scrap fabric leftover from other projects.
The patterns or templates are printed pages in the book that you will need to enlarge yourself (see above). I did it using a ruler and calculator although you could also use a photo copy machine.