For a while now I've had the desire to start a sewing group here in town, specifically for people who want to learn how to sew or improve their sewing skills. Ideas were swimming all over the place -- drapes, pillows, duvets, crib bedding, pillow cases, chair cushions, ottomans, slip covers, pajamas . . . you name it. Over 20 people signed up. We were all so excited to get going, but alas, we could not find a place to meet. We looked everywhere, including our church building, but we failed. Not enough electrical outlets, not enough space for a large group . . . it was disappointing. There are a lot of sad people around here, let me tell you. And I'm one of them. I actually finish projects when I carve time out of my day to meet with friends.
But, hope is on the horizon. I came up with an idea. Why not post sewing tutorials online. That's at least a start, right? The more I thought about it, the more excited I got. So I'm doing it, just as soon as I get past The Queen Bee Market (which by the way, you should attend.)
Temecula friends who lost out on our sewing class, I'm launching a new blog specifically for sewing. I'm working on it as we speak. And the best thing about it is that everyone including you bloggers out there, can use it for free, at any time that works for you.
So this is an official heads up. If you've ever wanted to learn how to sew, now is your chance. If you already have a sewing machine, dust it off, and get it in good working order so you will be ready to go. I'm going to launch the first few lessons on May 15th.
Here's what you can expect.
Lesson #1. Secrets to Successful Sewing. These are things you need to know before you begin. (Start here first, even if you have experience sewing. It will save you hours of frustration.) If you are thinking about purchasing a machine, definitely watch this before you buy. It could mean the difference between loving to sew, or hating it so much you sell the machine on E Bay after your first project.
Lesson #2: Your Sewing Machine is Your Friend. This lesson is overview of a sewing machine and all the cool things a basic machine can do. Important to know folks.
Lesson #3: Pillows. In this lesson you will learn how to make a pillow and tackle the dreaded button hole. It will also cover some fun ways to embellish using ruffles, trim and cording.
Future lessons will include:
How to read a pattern, home sewing (duvets, pillow cases, dust ruffles, window treatments, seat cushions, ottoman slipcovers, etc.), and clothing (pajama bottoms, swim suits, easy skirts, etc.)
I'm also going to talk my creative sewing buddies into guest posting. (Eve, Eunice, Ann, Majorie . . . that means you.)
That's just the beginning. More will be added as time allows. And, I would love your input. Is there anything that you would specifically like to learn? If so, let me know. The sky's the limit.
Check back here on May 14th, so you can get a link to Needles and Pins (the name of the sewing blog).
P.S. Don't ever put pins in your mouth, it's dangerous. That's lesson number one :)