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« on: November 17, 2008 12:55:26 PM »

I'm a complete novice crafter. I've been away from craftster a long time ago...I once saw some beautiful boutique style baby/kids blankets being made by you talented mommies and displayed here. There was also a mama that was amazing and posted things she knitted or crochet for her new girl, quilts, real cool changing pads, you name it. They looked so professional. I cannot claim to be so talented but would love to give it a shot. I'm so intimidated at the idea of messing up though. I'm off on my own with no nearby help (or money) for guidance in getting started. Anyone have tuts for any of that stuff? It has to be easy to understand...again, no background with crafting (wish I'd have paid attention to mom as a kid). I'd love to do a quilt, boutique blanket, and some basic pants for my 15 mo old and 4 year old for the cool weather...straight leg with a little flare at the bottom. One is tall and the other so tiny...so I need to learn for their benefit too.
Any rec's? Thanks in advance for your ideas and patience.
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2008 02:40:07 PM »

Hey there!

Well.. I might be able to help you! In the childrens clothing board there is a tutorial section (here is the link) http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182788.0
If you go there they have all sorts of step by step tutorials! As far as the fear of screwing up and being completely new... I am right there with you! I just got brave one day and gave it a shot! For most of the things I make I don't use a pattern, I just find a pair of pants fold in half lengthwise and cut out two legs from that adding a little bit for seam allowance! They have all turned out great so far! Just trace a pice of clothing you like and cut it out! and then just sew it back together:) Good Luck!

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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2008 05:15:21 PM »

Honestly... just try it!
I sew... but not often and usually not well.. but if I'm pretty confident with the cutting part, so it just means that sometimes I have to rip stitches out over and over  Cheesy
Start small - I made cloth blocks while my boy was sleeping, in just over 1/2 hour for one (double sewn and I only had to stitch rip once!!)

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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2008 02:18:42 PM »

Hi Petitern76,
How is your sewing going? You are on the best site to get help.The others have given you great ideas. Believe in yourself and start. Begin with things that just need you to sew straight seams. Kids pants are easy to begin with. Cut out a basic pattern from the ones that fit them now. Allow a little on each seam for growth, also allow extra length for the waist and hem. The worst part about sewing for child is that the grow too-fast so allow for it when you cut out. Baggy pants are cool. Add pockets ( which are really only a squarish piece of material, turned and hemmed at the top, and folded on the other three sides, then you pin them where you want them and stitch them on. Baby blankets just require you to cut straight and hem them. Trust me once you start you'll get the sewing bug.
Cheers and good luck.
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