Getting Started With Simple Sewing Projects

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When it comes to sewing, sometimes starting small is the best idea. Other times, going with a large project can be better for your learning potential. This is why choosing designs based on simplicity rather than upon their size is extremely important when learning how to sew. This distinction serves to provide more realistic expectations for both present and future projects.

Simple sewing projects can be extremely varied in composition. One thing they all have in common however, is a low number of different stitches being used for their creation. They also often have fewer pieces of fabric, less complicated cuts, and can be completed in one setting. These projects are usually not going to be the most amazing in the world, but they will provide a great basis for going deeper into the sewing world.

On the small side, simple stuffed animals are an extremely easy project for sewing. Simply trace the shape of the animal on two different pieces of fabric and then cut around leaving an extra inch all the way around. Putting the fabrics inside out, sew around the edges until there is an inch that is not sewn. At this point, flip the fabric the right way, fill with stuffing, close it up, and sew on eyes with buttons.

Going up a small amount in size, an apron can be an easy pattern as well. Cutting a piece of fabric either to the size of a pattern or to personal choice is the first step. After this, cutting a strip of fabric that goes all the way around the stomach twice needs to be done. Both of these shout be cut large enough to hem on both sides. Finally, sewing the string onto the middle of the apron, adding any pockets if desired, and trying on the apron can be completed. A quick apron may take less than 30 minutes to make on a sewing machine.

On the large side of things, a blanket can be a simple sewing project. For a single layer blanket, tucking the ends and sides of by half and inch and hemming can be enough to make a blanket. For a two layer blanket, sewing both sides together by the edges and then going across the middle in several different areas is also effective. Both of these will produce a useable blanket and fun can be had with the middle stitching to make it more decorative.

No matter what the simple sewing projects are, choosing to begin with sewing is a fun way to get started in the crafting world. Once simple projects have been mastered, it is easy to move on towards much more complicated projects. The basic skills that come from sewing smaller projects transfer directly across to make each learning experience apply directly towards the next. With a small array of tools, thread, and possibly a sewing machine, anyone can learn to make high quality items in a small amount of time.

Sewing Ideas That Are Easy And Fun

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If you know how to sew, there are countless projects that you can make which are practical, easy and fun. You can create art that you can wear. You can make decor for the home. You can make gifts for your friends and family. The possibilities are endless. Here are some sewing ideas to get your creative juices running.

Sewing projects do not have to be complicated to be practical. If you are a beginner and you want a simple project to start with, consider making a pillowcase. The simplest way to make one is to use two pieces of fabric that are about six inches longer and wider than the length and width of the pillow. Place the two good sides of each piece of fabric together, facing each other, then sew the seams along the bottom and both sides, leaving an opening for the pillow. Fold over about a half inch of the opening for the hem, sew along, then fold over about three inches of the opening to make a neat, wide hem for the pillowcase. You can sew the hem with contrasting color thread if you wish. The result is a very simple, practical, and pretty pillowcase in your favorite pattern.

You can use a similar technique to make a tote bag. Get fabric that is durable, like denim, corduroy, or a thick cotton. Determine how big you want your tote bag to be, and add about a half inch around for the seam allowance. You can even sew an extra pocket to each piece of fabric that will be the sides. Put the right sides together, then sew the bottom and both sides. Leave the fourth side open. Hem the opening of the bag. Make two handles for the tote bag with solid-colored fabric in a contrasting color. Fold together lengthwise with right sides facing each other, and sew down the seam. Cut two tote straps to the desired length and sew the ends of the straps to the bag.

These two simple sewing projects are great for older children who are are learning how to sew. Once they learn the basics of sewing a seam, they can make many things.

Another easy project is a case for glasses or sunglasses. All you need is quilted fabric in your favorite design and fabric that will be the lining. You can include an extra layer of batting if want thicker protection for your glasses. Cut out a 7″ by 8″ piece of your quilted fabric, your batting, and your lining. Layout the pieces with the lining first, then the batting, then the quilted fabric with the good side facing you. Fold the layers together lengthwise so the lining is now on the outside. If you find that the layers are too thick, you may want to leave out the batting or get something lighter weight. Sew through all the layers around the seams, leaving an opening at the top. Fold down the opening to make a hem, and sew. Turn your glasses case right side out, and you are done.

There is no end to the kind of sewing ideas that you can come up with. You can find many ideas online for inspiration. Just let your creativity and imagination flow.