Free "Sewing Projects for Beginners"

Coordinate with Projects in Stitches & Pins and Buckles & Bobbins

Make a Sewing Machine Cover
Page 25, Tote Bag Project in Stitches & Pins

Materials and Supplies: 1/2 yard fabric and matching thread
Pattern: A rectangle, 17 inches long and the full width of your fabric
Directions: Follow Step 4 and 5 of the Tote Bag pattern, page 25 in Stitches & Pins. Keep your fabric folded lengthwise as it comes from the store. Stitch the selvage edge, and the top end. Hem the bottom edge, following the directions in Step 4. Form the corners on the top edge according to the diagram, matching the side seam and top seam on one side, and the fold and top seam on the other side. Make your line 5 inches wide, instead of 3 1/2" as in the instructions. Trim the seam, to 5/8 inch, and zig-zag finish the edge. Place over the top of your machine to keep it dust free between uses. If you have Buckles & Bobbins, follow the diagram on the top of page 76.

Make a Drawstring Purse
Page 26, Laundry Bag Project in Stitches & Pins or Page 23 in Buckles & Bobbins

Materials and Supplies: 1/3 yard fabric,
1 1/2 yards cording, and matching thread
Pattern: Cut 2 rectangles, 8 inches by 14 inches (small) or 10 inches by 17 inches (large) Cut 2 cords, 22 inches long (small) or 2 cords 30 inches long (large)
Directions: Follow the same directions for the laundry bag.

Make a Slip-on Garment Bag
Page 19, Pillowcase project in Stitches & Pins and Buckles & Bobbins

Materials and Supplies: 1 yard fabric, matching thread, 1/2 yard Velcro (optional)
Pattern: A rectangle, 36 inches long, and the full width of your fabric
Directions: Follow the directions for pillowcase on page 19 of Stitches & Pins, and Buckles & Bobbins, making the following changes: When you straight stitch the bottom edge, leave a 4 inch opening in the exact center for the hanger to go through. Be sure that you backstitch on each side of the opening. At the opening, press the seam allowance under and straight stitch 1/4 inch from the edge on each side. You may sew Velcro onto the bottom hem edge, if you want your bag to close.

Make a Placemat
Page 42, Circle Potholder in Stitches & Pins

Materials and Supplies: 1/2 yard fabric, 1/2 yard batting, bias tape, thread to match bias tape. Try using different fabrics for each side
Pattern: Cut 2 rectangles, 15 inches long and 19 inches wide from fabric (only 1 thickness of batting)
Directions: On one layer of fabric, mark squares 3 inches apart. These can be marked on the straight of grain, or the bias. However, the bias will stretch and be a bit more of a challenge for you. Follow the directions through Step 4. Trim your quilted rectangle to 14 inches by 17 1/2 inches. You may round the corners if you like. Apply bias tape as in the directions, pressing in the corner curves before applying the tape.

Make a Roll-up Sewing Supply Case
Refer to page 40, End Wrench Roll-up Case project in Buckles & Bobbins
Materials and Supplies: 1/3 yard double faced quilted fabric, 1 package bias tape, thread to match bias tape
Pattern: A rectangle, 12 inches long, and 18 inches wide
Directions: Using the techniques on pages 40 and 41, apply bias tape to the 2 short ends of the rectangle. Now fold up the bottom end 6 inches. Apply bias tape to the outside edges (Step 2). Stitch 6 tool pockets 2 inches wide, as in Step 3. Finish by adding the tie as in Step 4. Use your case to store your sewing supplies & shears, seam gauge, seam ripper, marking pens, tape measure, etc.

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