I posted here about doing a series on very basic sewing skills—like getting to know/use your machine, how to read and use a pattern, etc. Several people commented that they’d like to get to know their machines better or actually learn how to use them. There are some great tutorials out there for slightly more complex sewing skills—tutorials I can learn a lot from. So if you already know how to sew competently, I doubt my series will be for you. But if you consider yourself a beginner, or need a refresher on what you learned in Home Ec. back in 7th grade, this series is for you!
And here’s the schedule (in case you want to get some materials so you can sew along!):
Monday—Getting to know your machine: basic terminology.
Tuesday—Let’s make a pillow! Learn basic machine skills by making something simple and cute.
Wednesday—Sew along! We’ll make a cute bag together! I picked up my pattern on the display rack at Joann’s by all the pattern books. We’ll start on Wednesday with reading the pattern instructions and cutting the fabric.
Thursday—Sew along! We’ll sew our bags and finish them up, following along with the instructions.
Friday—The inspiration process. I’ll take you through how I browse through expensive clothes and then make my knock-offs.
And beyond… I’d love to see if you make something along with me. I’ll start a Flikr group, and if you upload your pics, I’ll share them with everyone else! Doesn’t that sound like fun?
Feel free to grab a button! (And let me know if you put it on your blog… I’d love to visit your site!)
Wanting to go shopping for some supplies so you can sew along with me next week? Here’s a shopping/supplies list for you:
1 pillow form (16”x16” or smaller)
2 Fat Quarters or a half a yard of a cotton quilting fabric of your choice
Sewing machine with bobbin
1 yard of a cotton quilting fabric of your choice
5/8 yard of a contrasting/coordinating cotton quilting fabric of your choice
1 3/8 yard fusible interfacing
5 1/2” to 6 1/2” Bag rings (in the projects section of Joann’s)
Magnetic Snap (optional)
If you aren’t sure what any of these materials are, ask an employee at the fabric store. They’ll be able to help!