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I LOVE crafting, but rarely does my sewing machine (or any of my craft supplies) come out these days. Why? Well, I’d like to say it’s because I’m too busy. But, the truth is it’s because I don’t make the time to work on crafts. I’d love to add more craft projects into our homeschool days; I just need to set time aside to do so.
Laura Brooks from Sewing Makes Me Happy has agreed to share some fun and simple tips (ideal for new sewers) to create crafts using pillow cases. So, I’m turning the rest of this post over to Laura (while I head out to buy some pillow cases!) ~Heidi
Sewing is relaxing, useful, and fun. But like all skills, it takes practice to get it right. If you’ve never sewn before or if you’re just starting out it can seem a little overwhelming. But don’t despair! With these easy steps, you’ll be sewing like a pro in no time.
I remember when I was first learning how to sew when I was a teenager. My grandmother showed me how to make a simple dress. It took me several tries to get it right. I made a lot of beginner mistakes, but with my grandmother’s patient guidance it all finally clicked.
She started me off by practicing on old pillow cases. This was a great way to get started, because there was no pressure on me. If I made a mistake, it was on an old pillow case so no harm was done. If you don’t have an old pillow case, that’s okay. Old T-shirts will work just as well.
With just a little bit of practice, you’ll be sewing in no time. Let’s get started!
Find a pillow case
The first thing you’ll need to do is acquire a pillow case, really several of them. If you don’t have one, you can typically get them at thrift stores pretty cheaply.
If you’re like me, there’s a good chance you can find one in your house, either in the attic or buried under a pile in your linen closet.
Make sure to inspect your pillowcase for stains or moth holes since you don’t want these in your finished product. Also, look for pillowcases with solid colors. Pillow cases with patterns are bit harder to work with because you’ll need to worry about keeping the patterns oriented the same way.
Gather your sewing equipment and materials
Now that you’ve got your pillow case, you’ll need a place to sew. A large, flat table makes an ideal surface.
The bigger the table, the more room you’ll have to work with. It’s also good to use an old table, since sewing can put some dents and scrapes on the surface.
Next, you’ll need to decide whether you’ll be sewing by hand or using a sewing machine. While sewing machines aren’t an absolute requirement, they will make the process go exponentially faster.
Sewing Makes Me Happy’s guide for beginners has some great suggestions for sewing machines if you are considering purchasing one. You’ll also want a comfortable chair, a good pair of scissors, and any stuffing you may need for your project.
It’s important to keep your sewing station organized. Not only is easier to work in an organized space, but it’s also more enjoyable than working in clutter.
Finally, you’ll want to have a guide to sewing basics and your sewing machine’s instruction manual nearby in case you need to reference them.
Decide on project
Now that you have a workspace and all the materials you need, you’ll need to decide what you’re going to make.
There are thousands of ideas and patterns to choose from, so pick something that you’re excited about. If you’re stumped, you can find an amazing list of sewing ideas for used pillowcases. Pick something that interests you and get started!
When you first get started sewing, you’re going to make mistakes. And that’s okay! Don’t get discouraged! That’s part of the beauty of using old pillowcases.
Your needle might snap in half or your sewing machine may jam. Every time you encounter a new problem, you’re learning how to become a better sewer.
Remember that there is a learning curve, but if you push through your mistakes you’ll soon be crafting with the best of them!
Enjoy your finished project
Once you’ve finished your last stitch, take a moment to step back and admire your handiwork. If you made something you can wear, wear it with pride.
If you made something to decorate your house, display it prominently where everyone can see. Show it off!
Homemade sewing projects make great gifts that are truly one of a kind. If you decide you’re really passionate about sewing, you can even earn a living selling your wares!
Learning to sew is a rewarding experience. Once you’ve completed your first project, ask yourself what went well and what you could improve on next time. If you keep at it, you will keep getting better. Whether your goal is to be a professional tailor or just to make gifts for yourself, you’ll never regret learning this skill.
Laura Brooks blogs at sewingmakesmehappy.com and writes about sewing. Sewing has been a positive influence on Laura’s life and she wants the same for others. Follow along with her as she blogs about the great benefits of sewing.