Dear sewers of the world, what a wonderful gift you are and oh how I look up to you. I am just getting started in my sewing adventure, following the footsteps of my papa Donnie who used to sew my tattered pink baby blanket back together when I visited him and my grandma Mary Jeanne on the farm. It’s been sewn something like thirty times and to this day you can see the different shades of pink and mauve binding together where the waffled cotton meets the silk edging.
Sewing is something I’ve always wanted to learn. A useful hobby full of so many opportunities for a creative like myself. My machine and sewing basket, both birthday gifts, are currently set up in our bedroom and out of reach from the kids…something that no matter how many times I’ve told Stella and Theodore to keep out of, they still insist on getting into. My mom found my large handmade sewing basket from this Amish company and I cannot recommend it enough. It’s one of my favorite gifts I’ve ever received and even has the names of those who made it written on the bottom. It is as sturdy as can be and something I presume will withstand years and years of wear and tear. My sewing machine came with glowing reviews, and thus far, I’ve found it to be quite user friendly. I read the manual which was basically useless to someone like me (who 100% needs to see things and do them with their hands to understand them) so I eventually resorted to YouTube as my guide. You can find everything on there you’ll need to get started if you type in the machine brand and model.
After searching a little bit I then found an amazing tutorial for making a pillow case as my first project. I have been stashing away beautiful vintage fabrics for years, prints that I’ve been wanting to make into skirts and table clothes etc. for some time, but now that I have my machine I am ready to start making all the things! Made Everyday has a simple pillow case video to help guide you step by step in making your first pillowcase project. The first one I made took me about twenty minutes and the rest only about five once I got a rhythm established. All you need is one yard of fabric per case and you’re good to go. I already have several sets made as Christmas presents and a few fun fabrics for the boys room I am anxious to get sewn up in flannel material. You can find really great vintage fabric scraps at the thrift store, so I’d make sure to check there when you make your weekly/monthly run. Just make sure to wash everything gently beforehand. There you have it beginning sewers, a machine, a basket and your first project to tackle! But seriously, how cute is that basket!? Thanks Eli, Caroline and Ada! x Amanda