A Stitch at a Time: Perfect Beginner Sewing Projects

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Sewing as a pastime has grown a lot in recent years. People have always done it, but now people of all ages are starting to take an interest. If you want to start sewing, you might not know where to start. There might be something in particular that you want to make, such as clothes or home accessories. But if you’ve never sewn or only vaguely remember learning at school, getting started can be a bit daunting. Ideally, you need to know how to use a sewing machine and have some hand-sewing skills too. Choosing a couple of easy projects can help you to feel more confident and learn some of the basics.

Choosing Your Sewing Machine

Not every sewing project will require a machine. In fact, you could do everything by hand, if you wanted to, but everything would take longer. A machine makes your sewing quicker, easier, and more secure. First, you need to select the right machine for you. There are different types that can do all sorts of things, from basic stitches to embroidery. The best thing to do is start browsing online and reading reviews. Look at http://sewingmachinejudge.com/brother-cs6000i-sewing-machine-review/ for an example of a review that could help you make a decision. You probably don’t want anything too hardcore when you first start sewing, so don’t spend too much.



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Tote Bag

When you’re ready to start sewing, a tote bag is an excellent first project. In fact, there are few things that are easier. You only need a couple of rectangles of fabric, plus some long strips for the handles. It’s also a great project to do with recycled material if you have anything you’re thinking of using. You can use an old beach towel or even a large t-shirt or shirt to make yourself a bag.

Tablet or E-reader Cover/Case

Along the same lines as a tote bag, a case for your tablet or e-reader is super simple. You only need to stitch a couple of pieces of fabric together. At the top, you might want to insert a button or even a zip. Perhaps you can add a foldover flap to cover the top up too.

Baby Blanket or Quilt

Quilting is a favorite type of sewing for many people. If you want to get started with it, making a small quilt for a crib is a good idea. You can keep your project manageable and pick up some valuable skills. You could also make a blanket, which can be even easier. Pick your fabric, cut it size and neaten the edges, plus add any embellishments. Try http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/easy-sewing-project–how-to-make-a-double-sided-baby-blanket to find an easy project.


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Simple Skirt

If you want to start making clothes, a skirt is one of the easiest garments you can start with. You don’t even have to insert a zip if you don’t want to (use an elastic waist instead), although it’s easy to do using a special zipper foot on your sewing machine. One of the easiest things to do is to copy a simple skirt that you already like to wear.

There are so many beginner’s sewing projects you can try if you’re just getting started with sewing. Pick one that appeals to you to start building some skills.

Friday Favorites – Week 182 – with DIY Pillow Projects

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Welcome to week 182 of Friday Favorites!  And Happy September!  I have to say, I had a hard time choosing features this week. We had so many great recipes, crafts, and I was also surprised at the number of great furniture and room makeover projects we had last week.  And  did I mention printables? Yeah! Last week’s party had a little bit of everything!  If you missed it due to the Labor Day weekend, you should definitely look back.

Anyway, after much deliberation, I decided to share some pillows with you!  These not only look like great projects to take on, but the pillows look very trendy and stylish!  Hope you enjoy them!

By they way, this is my last chance to remind you to enter my Holey Donuts Giveaway.  Winner gets 5 assortments of donuts and $250 cash!  Also, I’ve just launched a new giveaway from Publix. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 180 – Featuring Fun DIY Projects

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Hey everyone! Welcome to week 180 of Friday Favorites!  For this week’s features I decided to inspire you with some great craft and DIY projects!  Hope you enjoy them!

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway from Holey Donuts while you’re here, if you have already entered.

Also, I’d like to invite you over to my etsy shop where I’m currently offering 15% off with coupon code: BACK2SCHOOL. Offer runs through Sept 30. [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 162

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Hey guys! Welcome to another fun edition of Friday Favorites!  Before we get to this week’s party, I have a couple of announcements that I want to make.  First off, I am planning to schedule some guest posts for the summer time.  Last summer I had a few of you on here to share your summer recipes with us, and I found it really enjoyable.  I will be contacting some of you via email shortly to see if you’d like to be a guest.  (Just as soon as I get a free minute. haha!)  But I would love…love…love…LOVE some volunteers!  So if you’d like to be a guest on my blog this summer, please just send me an email and I will be in contact with you shortly! 🙂

And then also this Friday, in addition to hosting this party, I am going to be sharing a review for Olay Fresh Effects, and in the review I will be including my very first….wait for it, wait for it…..Youtube video!  And I have to tell you, I am like the shyest person that ever lived!  So I swore up and down that I would never post a Youtube video, but I’ve been encouraged to make a one a few different times now, and I finally decided that I would break down and just try it out!  And who knows…maybe if I get some pretty good feedback, I may try to do more of those in the future.  So, as I said, the post will go up some time on Friday, and I would love to get your comments on the video.  (I only ask that you try to  ignore my constant hand movements and childlike voice! haha!)

Now let’s take a look at this week’s features!

Starbucks Mocha Cupcakes from Spend with Pennies

Carseat Cover
Baby Carseat Cover Tutorial from I Dig Pinterest and I Did it Too
Cake Batter No-Bake Cheesecake

 Cake Batter No Bake Cheesecake Filling from Close to Home

I can’t wait to see your post! Link up below!


Friday Favorites – Week 120


Welcome to Friday Favorites! Is  it just me or do the weeks seem to be flying by this year? Before we get to this week’s feature’s I have to say Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there, especially to my own dad!

Also, while you’re here, be sure to enter the Aurora Crinkle Friends Giveaway. It ends in a few days!

And if you’d like to sponsor a giveaway on my site, I’ve got some events coming up that I need sponsors for.  Sponsors will get their own spotlight post, in addition to a small feature in the group giveaway post (as well as whatever giveaway entries they want).  If interested, please email me.

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