I am so excited to be writing my first post! It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been so scared to get started because I’m definitely not an expert at sewing (or writing), but I certainly have enjoyed what I learned so far. Diving into this hobby has been very exciting for me. I’ve searched Pinterest for easy sewing projects. My plan is to compile them (along with simple craft projects) in one spot here on my blog for other novice sewers to try.
I was very excited to receive my first sewing machine, but then I was terrified to open the box and get started. It certainly collected some dust along the way. My grandmother was a great sewer. Although she passed when I was only 12 she made a huge impact on my life. I remember her sitting at her sewing machine creating many beautiful things. I wish I was interested then. I feel like I could have learned so much from her. A while back my mom gave me a basket of all of my grandmother’s old sewing supplies and it gave me the motivation to jump in and get started! One of the very last things my grandmother said to me was that she was my #1 fan so I know she’s watching over me and giving me the courage to do this.
I opened the box, read the manual, watched the DVD, found a few YouTube videos about my sewing machine and practiced what I learned. I found a really great online class and went out immediately to purchase the supplies needed for the first lesson. It was a cute little gift bag. Unfortunately for me, I sewed the whole bag inside out. Not a great start, but I was still determined. I then started finding so many beautiful sewing tutorials on Pinterest. I started losing interest in the class and began picking and choosing these items on Pinterest to start teaching myself.
So where does one find the BEST and EASIEST Beginner Sewing Project? Look no further!! These are seriously my favorite to give as gifts because they come together so quickly. I am not only a maker of these one-of-a-kind items, but I’m also a user! They are fantastic and hold up really well!
My first complete sewing project was these impressively awesome burp cloths from Lauren at The Thinking Closet. Please check her out. Her blog is AMA-Zing! It’s full of awesome tutorials and it’s just A LOT of fun to read! I honestly believe she may have the best and most entertaining About Me page EVER! Check it out here!
You can click here for the burp cloth tutorial on her blog.
I have made several sets of these burp cloths and have given them out as baby gifts. Did I mention they were super easy! A definite beginner project!
What makes them so easy?
- There are only small rectangles of fabric to cut and press.
- You use a cloth diaper that you can find in any store that sells baby gear.
- A cereal box helps you create a perfectly straight center (that’s right! It’s the best thing ever!)
- You get a lot of practice with sewing in a straight line!
- They come together fairly quickly. A fast home-made baby gift (even when I have my own little babies running around)!
A few tips:
- 6-ply cloth diapers really are definitely the best! I have used the 3-ply and they worked, but 6-ply are definitely nicer and thicker.
- Use the cereal box method! This made it so easy to iron the pieces of fabric into perfect rectangles that fit beautifully in the middle of the cloth diapers.
- If you are just starting out, use patterned fabric with stripes or plaid. Follow along with the lines and It will make it even easier to sew in a straight line!
- Ironing takes time, but it makes them turn out amazing!
- Take your time. You’ve totally got this!
Once you created your masterpieces it’s time to wrap up and give your gorgeous homemade baby gift to that sweet new angel. Below is how I wrapped up my nautical themed burp cloths.
Here are some other cute ideas:
- Roll up and place in a bakers box with cute cupcake toppers.
- Tie up with a pretty ribbon and a gift tag.
- Add a few to a new baby gift basket and fill with other essential baby items.
- If you are more skilled: whip up some matching headbands, blankets, hats, nursing cover, or bibs. Then, wrap up altogether for a one-of-a-kind gift.
- Take a look at these wrapping/packaging ideas I put together on this Pinterest Board: Teach Me to Sew: Homemade Baby Gifts
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