Some small part of me is thinking about the fact that I’m just about to show the world my sewing and some well-meaning person is probably going to point out that I’ve spent a year doing everything massively wrong. But then I look at the things I photographed. The tangible things that I put together, somewhat roughly, with my own hands. And I don’t really care. Go forth, well-meaning person. Give it your best shot. I’m quite chuffed to be writing this post.
There are lots of ways to start a learning a new skill, just as there are LOTS of different things to sew. I was always put off sewing because I thought it meant big scary patterns and darts and zippers. When me and Row got our own place I went into crazy nesting mode. I wanted to decorate everything. (Side note: a year and half later, not much decorating has been done. It takes time). And so, I fell in love with DIY and making stuff and that led to sewing. Consequently, everything I have made thus far is home decor stuff (bar a few tote bags). I found a way for me to love sewing. Now I can’t wait to sink my teeth into something more gritty and take on those scary patterns and sew some clothes. Sew your own way. If you want to start with a skirt, do that. This is how I found my love of sewing.
My favourite projects so far have been hand-sewn cushions (pillows), machine-sewn envelope cushion covers, bunting and tote bags. Here are my favourite tutorials, blogs and books for inspiration and projects.
http://kawasakisports.in:80/91815-ciplox-ear-drops-price.html Tutorials coach http://www.conference.iabl.org/61994-differin-prescription.html (google searching for something specific)
– Bunting. This is the bunting tutorial I used. I found it easy to make the triangles and tricky to sew them into the binding. I bought my bias tape off Etsy. Make sure you iron the triangles before you sew everything together. There are lots of tutorials for bunting but I really liked the end result of this one. Its whimsical.
– Totes! This is a super simple tutorial for the absolute beginner or anyone who wants a quick project. I don’t think I made it in 20 minutes but it is easily completed in an afternoon. Note that this isn’t a very ‘fancy’ tote – its not lined and has not fastenings or pockets.
– Envelope cushion cover. Another really simple, yet effective tutorial.
– Napkins. I haven’t made these yet, but it looks like a great tutorial.
– Blind ladder stitch. I found this really helpful for learning how to do the stitch to close up cushions neatly by hand.
Google and Pinterest are great for finding something and there’s about a million tutes on everything. Search away!
assign http://forestinventory.no/32644-methocarbamol-price.html Blogs recruit http://www.SOSPACE.CO/63631-yaz-uk.html
– A Beautiful Mess. I’m a bit two-minded about this blog. I really like the style of some of their projects. I love my finished sun cushion and fox cushion. In saying that, I found them quite tricky. A lot of projects don’t have patterns so you have to free-hand them yourself. They are doable, but for a beginner, somewhat tedious! If you are willing to persevere then check them out. I think they are starting to add patterns. I’m going to make this purse tomorrow and it has a pattern, so hopefully I won’t have to throw my sewing across the room! :D
– Smile and Wave. OK, Rachel just had the cutest baby, so its worth going there just to look at him. Babies aside, I really enjoyed making my kitty pillow from this blog and she seems to know her stuff!
– The Crafted Life. I haven’t yet made anything from this blog (and most of the things I want to make aren’t strictly sewing crafts) but there’s lots of fun ideas here.
– Frankie Magazine. Again, not one I’ve actually sewn anything from but Frankie often shares good lookin’ tutes.
– Mollie Makes. Lots of projects this way.
assist http://hrfornurseries.co.uk/89415-i-pill-tablet-price.html Books
Look at books way down the bottom here. I should be ashamed. Books are an interesting thing. I’ve only made a couple of things from books. But I do borrow A LOT of craft and sewing books. I find books really useful for inspiration and ideas. Sometimes the projects are too tricky or not exactly what I want to make. If you’re starting out sewing do check out the library to give you an idea of just how the vast the range of sewing options are. Books are probably quite good (and magazines, like Burda) if you’re wanting to make clothes.
I really like Pip Lincoln’s books and if you can find it, this funny little book, Make Me I’m Yours…Pillows. I also like Queen of Crafts and Chic on a shoestring : simple to sew vintage-style accessories. Here are some books that are on my wish list Sew Retro, Stitch by Stitch, Sew and Stitch Embroidery.
A Few Tid-Bits
If you want to learn embroidery, I recommend Heleen Webb’s kits. There are also lots of kits on Etsy.
Please share your favourite books, blogs and tutorials, in the comments.
See my post on the sewing tools I use. Next week I’m going to share the sewing tips I have picked up so far.
I’m a beginner too! And I’m 100% self-taught – that is I haven’t been to a single sewing class. I think its totally possible to teach yourself to sew. At some point in the future I’d like to take a class so I can refine my skills. Sewing is what you make it, for me, its fun. I hope some of my suggestions here are helpful. Happy sewing!