Every year is an opportunity to learn a new skill or hobby. If you have been wanting to learn how to sew, but don’t know exactly where to start, look no further than this post. Tree Classics will guide you through the process, from choosing the right thread and needle to adding decorative stitches on your fabric.
Step 1. Prepare the Essential Sewing Tools
Sewing entails having the right kind of equipment at your disposal. It would be easy to grasp, and eventually master, this craft if you have the following:
A good sewing machine is the most important thing you need to create beautiful garments and accessories. It wouldn’t hurt to use a secondhand sewing machine for as long as its parts are working. If this is your first time to operate a sewing machine, this post will guide you through.
Spools of Thread
You need a variety of threads; each type of fabric or sewing style will require you to use a specific type of thread. Click here to learn about the different types of threads and how to choose the right one for your sewing project.
Make sure to use the right kind of needle to avoid creating uneven stitches or damaging the fabric. Before you start sewing, double-check the size of your needle to ensure it suits the size, texture, and weight of your fabric.
Draft a sewing pattern to ensure that your finished product will fit you perfectly. You can either draw and cut or download an array of patterns.
Iron and Ironing Board
Aside from polishing the seams, pressing a sewn garment blends the fabric and thread. Take note of these important tips when pressing to avoid damaging your fabric and its design.
Step 2. Learn to Sew a Seam
A seam is a line of stitches holding two pieces of fabric together. Learning how to sew a seam is the basic step in sewing. The finishing and durability of your sewn item will depend on how you made its seams. Click here for a tutorial on sewing seams.
Step 3. Study Different Kinds of Stitches
Some stitches are used to structure a fabric, while others are meant to strengthen and embellish it. Having knowledge of a variety of stitches will enable you to create embroidery designs and a clean finish on your garment.
Step 4. Start with Small Projects
Learning how to sew is no different from trying a new recipe. Start working on simple projects, like a coaster, bib, sunglasses case, and pillowcase to name a few. Blogs that feature sewing tutorials and projects will help quicken your learning pace.
Step 5. Sewing Projects in Under 30 Minutes
Start your sewing lessons with these fun and easy projects. Once you’ve mastered sewing, you’ll find that these items would take only 30 minutes or less to make.
Choose a fabric of your choice to combine with fleece. Cut the fabric and fleece into squares, and then sew them together along their short sides. Fold it lengthwise and stitch the longer sides to create a tube. Thrust the fabric into the fleece so that the latter becomes the outer layer of the case. This tutorial will show you how to embellish your sunglasses case.
You will need three fat quarters of a fabric, two matching Velcro strips, and a bib pattern. Trace the pattern on each fabric, cut it out, and then start sewing your bib like this.
A standard pillowcase will require a yard of fabric and a rectangular pattern measuring 22 inches by 32 inches. Fold the fabric lengthwise, trace the pattern, and cut it out. Pin the edges of the fabric, and then start sewing a seam along the pinned area. Click here for the complete tutorial on sewing a pillowcase.
Before you start on this one, determine the size of your drawstring bag. Cut a piece of rectangle that is twice the width of your bag from a fat quarter of fabric. Fold the cutout crosswise, and then sew the edges together. Follow this step-by-step guide to making a cute drawstring bag.
Full Gathered Skirt
Making your own clothes offers a unique sense of pride that you can’t get from shop-bought clothes. This nice full skirt requires two yards of knit fabric and an elastic that fits around your waistline. Cut two rectangles from the pieces of fabric to make the skirt, and one long rectangle for the waistband. The length and width of the cutouts should be in proportion to the size of your waistline and desired length for the skirt. Click here for the full tutorial.
If you’re new to sewing, these tips and pieces of information will guarantee the success of your first sewing project.