Teach someone to sew

If you have ever taught a beginner to sew, you know one of the most difficult things is to pick a first project. A successful first project will encourage your student to continue sewing. The Fundamentals Bag is perfect for beginners because: 1) With only two pieces (both rectangles) it is easy to cut out. 2) It doesn’t need to be fitted) 3) It teaches basics; Simple marking, Overcasting, Basic seaming, Back stitching, Trimming, Top stitching. 4) It is useful and may be used by the student to hold sewing supplies. 5) It is appropriate for men, women, girls or boys. 6) Materials and tool cost is minimal. 7) The bag is cut from a half yard of fabric using only two cuts and leaving a 3″ X 5″ practice scrap.

When I first started teaching the bag I was thinking kids, but some of the parents of my younger students started taking sewing classes with me and they wanted to do the bag, too. So, now everyone starts with the bag, then moves on to PJ bottoms. After that it is students choice.

I hope you use these instructions and print one copy for each student. It would be great to see photos of your students with their finished bags. Cheers, J

Mali Jacket

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Mali Jacket

14.95

 SIZE: All

LEVEL: All Levels

Combining the speed of serging and the fun of machine embellishing, this fast and stylish jacket can be made in a day.  With neckline shaping, dropped shoulders, a swingy back pleat, shaped hem and embellished and decoratively flat locked yoke and bands, the Mali Jacket is flattering and has style to spare. 

  

 

 

Victorian Needle Roll

Victorian Needle Roll

14.95


 SIZE: 1 3/4″ W X 7″L

LEVEL: All Levels

This lovely pin cushion may be small in size, but it’s big on technique. Delicate pin tucks frame wing needle lace joining, puffing, entredeux embellishment, dainty silk ribbon embroidery, a sweet cross stitched border and scallop stitched hems.  Add a bit of potpourri and turn the needle roll into a charming sachet.  Accessory feet are used throughout to insure quick and accurate stitching.  

The Heirloom Shirt Book, with Quilt

Heirloom Shirt Book with Quilt

14.95


 

LEVEL: All Levels-really!

Whether you are a tomboy or a princess, you’ll look and feel great wearing this beautiful, eye catching shirt.  There are quilt versions for those of you that would love to learn more about accessory feet and heirloom techniques but prefer projects other than clothing.  Easy to stitch, yes.  Fast?  No, but fun and interesting and just gorgeous.

The Lookout Pattern

The Lookout

14.95


SIZE: 22″ WX 22″H

LEVEL: All Levels

The Lookout was developed from two photographs taken while on a teaching visit to the Big Island of Hawaii.  One is of the Hamakua coast the other of my friend, Deon, looking out to sea.  This quilt pattern will help develop your landscape quilting skills with turned and bonded applique techniques and free motion embellishment.  The beautiful hibiscus is dimensional as are the two lei and the sarong adding nice depth and further interest to the piece.

Little Hummer Pattern

Little Hummer

14.95


SIZE: 22″ WX 22″H

LEVEL: All Levels

Choosen for its beauty and rarity, the White Eared Hummingbird is the star of this quilt.  The tepary blossoms from which it feeds will develope into the delicious tepary bean, native to the southwest.  Turned applique mountains, dimensional flowers and leaves, a satin stitched vine and free motion texture are featured techniques.

The Quilted Lady

The Quilted Lady

14.95


SIZE: 22″ WX 18″H

LEVEL: All Levels

It all started with a shopping bag which was saved for over ten years before it was used as an inspiration for this beautiful little wall hanging.  The original is hand quilted, but it would adapt nicely to machine quilting.  The design would be exciting to use as an starting point for appliqué, fabric painting and embellishing.

Quilting by the Foot

Quilting by the Foot Pattern

14.95


SIZE: 17″ WX 23 1/2″H

LEVEL: All Levels

Learn to use your accessory feet!  Make your quilting faster, easier, less stressful and more accurate. Constructing  this lovely  sampler quilt using a variety of accessory feet will give you “foot on” experience in piecing, appliqué, and adding texture and embellishments. Then after layering, continue using accessory feet for no stress, accurate stippling, quilt in the ditch, echo quilting and binding.