Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tutorials for beginner seamstressses

This is a quick and easy tutorial with LOTS of instructions and steps which may be too informative for people who already know how to sew but if you are just beginning, this is perfect. A ribbon "taggie" blanket is perfect for those of you with a huge ribbon stash as well. Start making them for baby gifts!
Melissa Sews

The Prudent Baby has an excellent tutorial (actually, multiple tutorials) for a simple baby blanket. It is a great project for a beginner and so rewarding to have made your own adorable blankie! One hint: she mentions making your own bias tape for the binding of the blanket (and includes a tutorial link to do it) but if you really don't want to make your own bias tape you can buy it already made at your local sewing store - make sure you get the double fold bias tape. When you make your own bias tape it can be made with any fabric so you have a variety of colors and patterns to choose from which personalizes the blanket. Store bought bias tape isn't nearly as pretty (mostly solid colors) but is easy and quick when you are first starting out.
The Prudent Baby

Another always popular item that is fun to make for beginners and is fun for your kids as well is a crayon roll! The Pleated Poppy has an excellent tutorial that is full of pictures and super easy to follow.
The Pleated Poppy

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