If you are a novice when it comes to sewing, it is important to try simple projects before you move on to more complicated things. There are many different items for the home or family that beginners can make successfully, mostly based on simple shapes and stable fabrics. Here are three easy but rewarding projects to begin with.
These are easy to make and are excellent gifts for all members of the family. One side is cut from a soft woollen fabric whilst the other is a light printed cotton. Decide on the overall size and cut out the woollen and cotton fabrics allowing a half inch seam allowance all round. Place the dressmaking fabric right sides together with the cotton on top and machine stitch all round, leaving an opening in the centre of one short side. It is easier to stitch on cotton than on wool and the fabric is less likely to slip if you do it this way. Trim the corners, turn and press neatly before slip stitching the gap closed. This article in the Telegraph offers advice on choosing your first sewing machine.
Party favour bags
For unique party favour bags, make your own from scraps of fabric. Select printed dressmaking fabrics and cut rectangles measuring 11 by 7.5 inches. Fold each rectangle in half with right sides together, and sew each long side and one short side with a half inch seam allowance. If you have pinking shears, finish the open side with these. Turn the bag inside out and fill with treats. They can be tied closed with a strip of contrasting fabric.
You will need some different pretty cotton fabrics such as those available from http://www.quality-fabrics.co.uk/dressmaking-fabrics-14-c.asp and some moth repelling lavender buds. Cut the fabric into five-inch squares and sort into pairs of complementary colours/patterns. Sew them right sides together with a half inch seam allowance, leaving a gap where they can be turned right sides out. Fill with lavender and sew the opening closed. These will keep your stored linens fresh for months or could be placed under pillows to aid a restful night’s sleep.
There are many sewing projects that beginners can make at home, but starting with these really simple ideas will give you the confidence to tackle more complicated items very soon.