Thanks--it is hard to see, but the green pockets are paisley--the apron was a gift to craftster member prettyinpaisley for her birthday!
She had a crafting apron in her wishlist!
I have recently taught two young women to sew and it is an amazing experience...they get the gift of a lifelong hobby and you get to pass on your experience and wisdom...a win-win situtation for sure!
The best tip I can give is not to be too strict on the "rules"--sometimes just getting things finished and done is the best way to start...skills can be improved and new techniques learned over time, but you do not want to kill the enthusiasm and joy of sewing by critiquing how straight a seam is, or other insignificant stuff...
I usually start with a very simple project with fun and fabulous fabric (usually from my stash since newbies are afraid of wasting their hard earned money if they screw up!)...in the case of the moms, we made simple bibs and learned how to sew on appliques to already purchased clothes---fast and inexpensive--a simple curtain valance or a straight apron is also a nice project to start!