I am SO excited to announce today something that I have had in the works for a few weeks now. Are you ready? Are you excited? OK, who wants to learn to sew?
I have had so many people mention to me that they wished they could sew. Friends, blog readers, family members. Sewing is such a valuable skill and so much fun. I want everyone to learn to sew.
So I am going to teach you. Online. In 7 easy lessons.
You Can Do It. I promise.
Here’s how it’s going to work.
Learn to Sew with Crazy Little Projects:
Beginning January 7th I will post a weekly tutorial that will teach you one basic sewing skill. Each Monday you will learn a new skill through a blog post that I write. By the end of 7 weeks you will have all the necessary skills to sew most projects.
Each weekly tutorial will also coordinate with a project that you can do that week with your new found skill (and will build on past skills from the previous weeks). Yes, even in week 1 you will be able to sew and complete a project.
Also each week there will be a giveaway open to all participants. What will you win? We’ve already got fabric, patterns and gift cards lined up.
At the end of 7 weeks, each participant will have 2 weeks to complete a project of their choice (I will give some suggestions, but you can choose what you sew). Submit your project and you will be entered to win one of the GRAND PRIZES.
What could you learn to sew? Here’s a small sampling:
You Can Do This.
Join Crazy Little Projects and the Learn to Sew Online Series:
Want to join me? (Please join me.) Here’s what you need to do:
- Subscribe to my blog either by RSS or email (in the right sidebar) so that you get the weekly posts with the tutorials (beginning January 7th with a pre-lesson to get you set up before that) You can also follow me on facebook to get links to the posts
- Join the facebook group (optional) to chat with others who want to learn to sew, ask questions as you begin sewing, get tips from me and others, and more.
- Gather your sewing supplies and get a sewing machine if you don’t have one! Here are a few of the basics you are going to need to get started:
Let’s talk about what those things are in the picture and what you for sure need to have to get started.
- Sewing Scissors-to cut fabric you need very sharp scissors. You need to buy a pair and then don’t let them be used for anything but cutting fabric. Bonus if they are PINK! (I love pink.)
- Pins-you will need long pins and quite a few of them and also something to keep them in or on. Mine is a magnetic pin cushion.
- Thread-ultimately you will need thread in the colors of fabric you are using, but to get started, just buy some basic colors. Be sure to get black and white. Maybe a few standard colors as well.
- Seam Ripper-this little guy will be your very close friend. I sew a lot. And I use my seam ripper a lot. No shame. He allows you to undo mistakes. Very important.
- Bobbins-these are the little colorful threads in the middle of my picture. You will wind them using your thread that you purchase, but you need to buy the empty bobbin spools. **Be sure to check what kind your machine uses before buying them. Every machine is different. Mine takes plastic, some take metal. You manual will tell you what you need.
- Sewing Machine Needles-needles break. And you need backups. They are cheap-might as well have them on hand to get started. Just buy the Univeral Machine Needles like shown in the left of my picture.
- Measuring Tape-any sort (or even a yard stick is fine).
- Fabric-for now you just need some fabric to experiment with. Pick any sort of basic cotton fabric.
- Sewing Machine-of course. Old or new, it doesn’t matter. You just need one. Get one from your mom that she doesn’t use any more or ask for one for Christmas (this is why I am announcing this series now). Check your newspaper listings, get one at the local craft store or even Walmart carries very basic ones.
- I have posted the complete SUPPLY LIST for all of the projects now as well so that you can shop ahead for those if you want.
Ask me any questions you have and PLEASE spread the word. I want everyone to know about this!