I have been sewing by hand for a long time but recently decided to up my game by getting a sewing machine. There are some nice inexpensive ones for kids and I started on one of those, the only thing is I have had a difficult time with sewing machines so I'm a little leery around them. I am slowly overcoming that but it is slow because I seem to have lost a good portion of my patience lately.
To sew you need:
Nice to have are:
This is a basic sewing kit for hand sewing
I linked each item with Amazon items, as much as possible they are samples of my own tools. No, I don't make money if you click the links at this time I have no affiliates although if I chose one or two Amazon would be at the top of that list.
You can find most of the beginners' items at a dollar store or a thrift shop including patterns and books of patterns. That is where I found everything when I first began and I will still check out the fabric and yarn displays found at most thrift stores for new fabric & notions. Since I am working on a crazy quilt I often find beads and stuff I can add to a square there as well.
Your assignment this week if you want it is to head out to your nearest thrift stores and dollar stores to collect the basics if you don't have them already. If you do still go look and see if you can find an interesting pattern or book about sewing.
What I am working on.
Since I work in patchwork sometimes I'm looking for a good base. That usually begins with a decision on the colours I want to use to embody the theme of the work. Currently, I am working on a wallhanging depicting each month of the year.
The current square I am making is to depict January and I am starting with this base. Once I have finished the base I will put it aside as I look for embroidery and snowflakes & other things to add to it. While I am collecting that stuff I'll go on to the next one in this case July.
Are you interested? Ok, Yellow & orange arranged into the shape of the sun, that is my base for July. Its a bit of fiddly sewing but it will be so worth it!
Hope you have a great week! and have fun gathering the stuff. This is kinda going to be a sew-along. Never done one before but I'll try to make it fun.
Where do I find my patterns?
Quilters Circle- Video How to's patterns and tips. You have to sign up but it is pretty cheap right now.
AllCrafts- Literally all crafts but this link takes you to the patchwork/quilting templates
HandMaydia- This link will take you to a set of flower patchwork but check out the rest of the site they have many other projects to try.
Pintangle- This is where I started on crazy quilts. She has blocks, embroidery stitches and so much more here