Good Beginner Sewing Projects

Beginner sewing projects can become marvelous memories if you select the right ones. Try these three easy sewing projects for beginners. Each makes a great gift or a practical personal item.

Book Cover
Protect a special clothbound or paperback book with a personal book cover. This easy sewing project will prove valuable every time you page through your favorite volume.

Supplies You Will Need:
1 yard of fabric (Choose a sturdy, non-stretchy solid or print)
1 yard of fusible interfacing
Scissors
Pencil
Steam iron
Ironing board
Straight pins
Thread
Sewing machine

First, place the fabric on a clean floor or flat surface. Fold it in half and place the opened book in the center. Cut two fabric rectangles about one inch larger on all sides than the fully opened book.

Use a steam iron to affix fusible interfacing to the wrong (undecorated) sides of both rectangles. Match the heat settings to fabric content.

Fold one rectangle in half (widthwise) and make a light crease down the middle. Open it out again with the interfacing side facing up. Place the spine of the book on the center fold. Use a pencil to draw a line on the interfacing, tracing along each edge of the book's spine.

Set your sewing machine to a solid zig-zag stitch. Create a protected slit (like a giant buttonhole) by zig-zagging up one edge of each traced pencil line and down the other. Use sharp scissors to cut out the slit without snipping any of the stitches.

Pin the two interface-lined fabric rectangles, placing the right (decorated) sides together. Use a straight stitch and machine stitch all four sides together. Snip corners carefully.

Turn the book cover right side out by pulling it through one of the two large zig-zagged slits.

Press the book cover carefully. Open the book and place the front cover into one of the slits. Place the back cover into the other slit.

Beautiful Barrette
You can stitch up a perky hair bow barrette in less than an hour. Why not make several to match your favorite fashions?

Supplies You Will Need:
Small scrap of fabric (at least 12 x 12 inches)
Scissors
Straight pins
Thread
Sewing machine
Steam iron
Ironing board
Sewing needle
Metal barrette

Cut two fabric rectangles, approximately 6 x 4 inches each. Cut out a single smaller rectangle (4 x 2 inches).
Pin the two larger rectangles together with right (decorative) sides facing each other. Machine stitch all four sides, leaving a two inch opening in the center of one long side for turning. Carefully snip corners. Turn right side out and press with a steam iron. Match the heat settings to fabric content.

Fold smaller rectangle lengthwise in half with the wrong (undecorated) side out. Machine stitch the long side's raw edges together to form a fabric tube. Turn right side out and press well.

Fold fabric tube in half and stitch raw edges together to create the center loop for your barrette bow. Turn right side out (with raw edges inside) and press.

Tuck the bow into the center loop. Pull edges until they are even.

Hand stitch the bow onto a metal barrette. Pull hair up into barrette and clip it closed.

Baby Bib
Mothers of infants and toddlers use dozens of baby bibs each week. In addition, they go through many terrycloth washcloths wiping up food and drink spills from baby faces, attire and feeding chairs. This super-simple beginning sewing project uses actual washcloths to make double-duty baby bibs. Not only do these bibs protect baby clothing, but also serve as cleaning cloths.

You can purchase economical multipacks of basic washcloths at discount department stores and make a sizable stack of home-sewn baby bibs.

Supplies You Will Need:
1 square washcloth
1 package double-fold seam binding
Scissors
Straight pins
Thread
Sewing machine
Steam iron
Ironing board fabric paints, appliqués, trims or other ornamentations (optional)

Fold a standard-size washcloth in half, removing the manufacturer's label if necessary. Use scissors to cut out a neck-shaped semi-circle, snipping from the center fold to the top edge of the washcloth.

Measure one yard of double-fold seam binding. Find the center and pin it to the center of the neck cut-out on the washcloth. Continue pinning until all of the washcloth's raw edges are neatly tucked inside the folded seam binding.

Fill a sewing machine bobbin and thread the machine with thread to match the seam binding. Set the stitching gauge for a mid-width zig-zag stitch. Beginning at one end of the folded seam binding, machine stitch the bib ties and neckline.

Trim stray threads. Tie a small knot at the end of each bib tie.

Decorate your baby bib with nontoxic fabric paints, appliqués, a patch pocket, embroidery or other non-choking hazard ornamentation.

As you gain sewing experience, you may opt to stitch baby bibs to match home-sewn baby apparel as well. Has supper ever been so stylish?

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