I love to sew. Something about turning material and thread into a useful and beautiful item is just
sew so special. I come from a long line of seamstresses, quilters, and all-purpose sewers so I have had the unique privilege of crafting fabric goods alongside my grandmothers, mother, and mother-in-law. While I am nowhere near their skill level, I do aspire to one day be as good as they are.
What if you don’t have someone to teach you? Or are willing to teach yourself (via YouTube or trial and error) but don’t know where to start?
Friends, check out Nicole Bennett’s Sewing School 101.
Nicole (blogger at Gidget Goes Home), starts you out easy by giving some background on why everyone can and should sew. She points to a love of all things handmade and I couldn’t agree with her more when she says, “Valuing handmade seems to hark back to an earlier, simple time, and helps us preserve some of the heritage that comes a long with handicrafts.” Sound familiar? That may be because you’ve already watched my intro video (it’s in the sidebar if you haven’t!) or read my welcome page that outlines what I deem Mason Jar Values. Either way, I love her perspective on why you should take the time to create, even if you have [small] children. My own daughter loves to sit on my lap as I sew because she gets to spend time with mommy and feels like a big girl all at the same time.
She jumps right in to how to stitch by hand with a needle and thread, including straightforward step-by-step instructions with labeled images to help even the newest of sewers. Quickly moving to machine sewing, however, I also appreciate her “basic required sewing tools” chapter which she then expands upon by telling you which are her favorites and why.
Nicole outlines many important skills like different ways to pin your fabric so it stays in place while you sew to sewing a buttonhole. Honestly, though, my favorite part about this ebook is Part 3: Your Machine. I think this is the most intimidating part of getting into sewing because people are afraid they won’t understand it. She goes on to talk about fabrics and how to choose and use patterns as well as gives you several tutorials and resources to get started on simple projects. I let my almost-two-year-old daughter pick out fabric for the mini mei-tai baby doll carrier so she has something to carry her baby doll in when I am carrying around her little sibling come Thanksgiving.
Yes, you can sew. If you need help getting started, I highly recommend this ebook. It’s clear, informative, and very useful. It only makes sense that Nicole also is a contributing writing over at The Art of Simple…she took something that too many are intimidated by and simplified it without making it seem dumbed down. So check it out by clicking here or on the picture below!
Tuesday, June 24 :: Jess @ If Only They Would Nap
Wednesday, June 25 :: Christen @ ChristenKrumm.com
Thursday, June 26 :: Megan @ SortaCrunchy
Friday, June 27 :: Me @ The Art of Simple
Thursday, July 3 :: Stacy @ A Delightful Home
Friday, July 4 :: Breanne @ This Vintage Moment
Tuesday, July 8 :: Haley (& Daniel) @ Carrots for Michaelmas
Thursday, July 10 :: Rachel @ Mason Jar Values (that’s me!)
Friday, July 11 :: Marillyn @ Just Making Noise