Have you ever had the desire to learn how to sew, yet you just feel completely overwhelmed by the whole idea? If you have, you’re not alone. The truth is, a lot of people feel this way before they learn how to do something new. The good news is that almost anyone can learn how to use a sewing machine effectively. If you stick with it, even when things don’t go your way, you’ll eventually develop your skills. The best way to learn is to start out with some very simple, basic projects. Do those projects as many times as you need to in order to become proficient in your skills? As you get better and better at sewing, you can slowly begin to tackle projects that are increasingly more difficult. Below are three easy projects that will help you get started.
Blanket or Throw
This is without a doubt one of the easiest projects you can take on. It’s a great way to get started on a project and familiarize yourself with your sewing machine. It’s also a lot of fun. You can make as many of these quick-and-easy projects as you like. You might even decide that you like doing it so much you want to make extra blankets and sell them as a side job. Your first step is to choose the material you like best and then decide how big you want the throw to be. Carefully measure and then cut the material according to the size you’ve decided on.
Next, flip the material over so that you’re looking at the wrong side of it. Fold the edge over, facing you, by about an inch. Be sure to use straight pins to hold everything in place. You might need to use an iron to press the edges, so the material is more manageable. Finally, stitch the material in place using the appropriate method, being careful to do good work all the way around. When you’re finished, you can flip the material back over, wash it and then enjoy your new blanket as it keeps you warm on even the coldest of nights.
This is another project that’s very easy to complete. Measure your material just as you did in the first project, leaving about an inch for the hem. In this project, you will cut two pieces of material that measure exactly the same and then sew them together in order to create the final piece. When you have them cut, you can use the sewing machine to sew to two pieces together on both sides and at the top.
Fold the material outward and sew the pieces together about an inch from the edge using a straight stitch. Make sure you’re working with the material turned the wrong side out. When you have it sewed together on three sides, create a hem that is about two inches in width and secure it with an overlock stitch. Check your work. When you’re satisfied, turn the pillowcase right side out and put it in the wash. It’s then ready to use on your favorite pillow.
The size of this project will be determined by the size of the dog you’re making it for. Choose your material and cut the top and bottom pieces, so they are the same size with about an inch of overlap on all sides. Make sure that before you start pinning the seam, you have the material turned so that the side which will eventually be the outside of the dog pillow is turned upside down. In other words, you will be looking at the side that will be the “inside” of the pillow. Fold the two edges of each piece of material together and sew the seams together with a straight stitch that runs about an inch from the edge of the material itself. Turn the material right side out and be sure to leave a small opening on one side. Six inches should be enough.
Now, take some batting, the material that you will use for stuffing, and fill the dog pillow to your desired firmness. Remember that it will pack together over time so you might want to overfill it a bit at first.
Finally, sew the rest of the seam with the same stitch you used on the rest of the project. In most cases, you can complete that particular section of the seam by hand without any trouble.
All of these projects are relatively easy to complete. They will take some patience and more than likely, a little perseverance on your part, but they aren’t complicated at all. Once you get used to doing them, they’re actually a great deal of fun.