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Topic: Ideas for First Sewing Projects! (and advice, too!)  (Read 36936 times)
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clearskies
« on: October 19, 2004 06:43:28 AM »

So, I learned how to operate a sewing machine this weekend! Wahoo!
My mom lent me her Singer that she got when my parents got married in 1961 -- still works great, although it's a far stretch from anything fancy.  I plan to spend my time learning how to use the thing, and practicing stiching in general.

Any thoughts on an easy first project to attempt?
Any other general tips for a newbie sewer are much appreciated!  Cheesy

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2004 07:13:18 AM »

Hey Clearskies

You could try a simple coin purse or try a jordy bag...they are fairly simple projects and the tutorials are easy to follow...
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=7866.0

you could also try making one of these super cute monsters too
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=5843.0

another good starter project is a pillow...you just make a cover to fit any size pillow, covers are easier to make then the pillows that are stuffed and sewn.

good luck
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2004 07:28:34 AM »

potholders, pincushions an apron, or do what my daughter did draw a bunch of random lines on paper and practice sewing weird shapes on the paper, just dont thread the machine. She has actually made cute cards using the sewing machine to punch patterns on the paper.
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2005 05:45:09 PM »

I got a sewing machine for Christmas last year, and I've still yet to really use it! I'm a little afraid of it, frankly.

I need some project ideas to get me started. I have little faith in my abilities, but as with most things, I'm probably more able than I think I am. So basically, I need some really easy stuff that I can do and then look at and say "Wow, so I CAN do it!"

I'm interested in just about anything. Reconstructions or patterns or just winging it from a tutorial, I just need something.
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2005 06:04:05 PM »

Sedra's an absolute beginner (she's only 4 years old) and she just made me a purse out of a bandana! If you have about a yard and a half to two yards of fabric, a super easy project is to just sew the ends together with the right sides facing each other, then hem up the bottom and the top, with the top about an inch wide so you can put elastic into it. Instead of sewing all the way around the waistband,  you leave about an inch open so you can stick a safety pin/diaper pin/crochet hook/etc. with elastic up into it and tie it in a knot when it comes back out the other side. This is the easiest skirt to sew, a great beginner project.

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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2005 06:07:25 PM »

get some really basic cotton cheap fabric and play around with your machine for a while first. You can also use old sheets and pillowcases. You can get those pretty cheap at thrift stores sometimes. make sure you aren't using something stretchy. That just complicates things and for now, that's not good. then try sedrasmom's idea for a skirt. It's a good place to start.
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2005 01:51:26 AM »

I'm in the same position as you are... I'd really like to sew, but have little experience.  So I started with the classic jean to skirt-thing. And it works... halfway now and I'm already amazed about my sewing-skills  Cheesy

Just search at the forum for jean to skirt and you'll find lots of ideas.

This one site I found really helpfull:

http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/jeanskirt.html

And: just look around the forum! Search for tutorials and you'll find loads of stuff.
Or you could try your hand at making a handbag or a purse. You won't need a lot of fabric and some patterns are quite easy.

Have fun!
 
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2005 05:42:00 AM »

Thanks to everyone for responding! I'm looking forward to trying some of those projects.
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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2005 05:50:39 AM »

mY FIRST PROJECT WAS A PILLOW! WOW! I KNOW! JUST SEW ALL THE WAY AROUND LEAVING A SMALL HOLE FOR STUFFING, STUFF AND FINISH BY HAND SEWING! VERY EASY! THEN I MADE ONE OF THOSE SKIRTS IN THE FIRST POST! GOOD LUCK!
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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2005 09:58:11 AM »

can u knit?? if you can, do what i did- i'm a complete no-no when it comes to sewing but what i did was:- for a purse/wallet
(1) knit 2 squares/rectangles (about 30 stitches)
(2) take 2 of the knitted sides- eg bottom and sides and sew (remember to do this inside out so that when you've finished and you've turned it back the right way- you don't see the stitching (and in my case that was a very good idea!)
(3) Get a zip that matches the colour of your purse- much easier than the whole press stud thing and carefully sew the material either side of the zip into the inside of your purse.
Voila! one seriously cute purse in which no-one can see any mistakes! mine was stripy- orange and blue *good luck*
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