Since I’m new to the whole sewing world, I put together a Sewing 101 – Guide for beginners, like me. I included everything I believe is essential to start sewing from a sewing dictionary, threading a machine, tools, fabric and easy sewing patterns. Sit back and enjoy all these great sewing tips and tutorials. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
Sewing 101 – Guide for beginners, like me…
Now that we have a useful dictionary to refer to, we should probably get to know our sewing machines.
Dwell on Joy created a wonderful Sewing Machine 101.
(I’m sorry, Dwell on Joy no longer has a website. I will look for another sewing machine guide to share with you.)
This guide is very useful, full of photos and explanations. At the very end of the post she shares easy step by step sewing projects she created.
What’s really encouraging is that she was a beginner just like us when she created these posts.
We now know our sewing machines better, now it’s time to thread them. SCARY!!!
This video on how to thread your machine, is fabulous. YAY!
I found a great website called How To Sew from Better Homes and Gardens, they have a bunch of wonderful resources.
You might want to surf around their website, there’s lots of resources available to you.
Our sewing machines are threaded, now we need some tools to create some beautiful projects.
Pickup Some Creativity put together a Sewing 101 – Supply Must Haves.
They also have a GREAT Sewing 101 section, you should check it out.
One of the tools that I’m nervous about using is the Rotary Cutter. I actually already have one along with a self-healing cutting mat.
We have our tools, we know how to use our rotary cutter… now we need some fabric.
A great place to get fabric is from Fabricworm. Not only is the selection GREAT, the staff is AMAZINGLY helpful.
You’ll want to check our their blog, they often have sales worth checking out.
Before we start to sew our new fabric, we might want to pre-wash it before we start.
Make It & Love It is JAMMED PACKED full of helpful Sewing Tips. I’m going to reference 3 more of their tutorials, but there’s a BUNCH more on their site.
It’s sewing time!! But what stitch? Make It & Love It share basic stitches.
Craft Snob had a great Sewing 101 series, however the website is no longer updated. She did share a wonderful sewing tutorial for beginners on my blog a few years ago: Triplet Tote Sewing Tutorial for Beginners. It’s a fabulous tutorial! I talk more about it towards the bottom of this post.
Now that we know all the basics, we need patterns to start sewing. A great place to start is at The Sewing Loft.
Want more patterns? How about stopping in a Noodlehead?
She’s AMAZING!! And offers soooo many FREE Sewing Tutorials. I’m dying to try them. Really worth checking out!
Another great resources for sewing projects is Allfreesewing. So many great projects for every level. I have a few of my sewing projects there too.
Guess what? I attempted my very first sewing project!! YAHOO!
I used this fabulous step by step tutorial for beginners.
Trust me, if I was able to make a Triplet Tote (a tote with three compartments) you can too!
Now that we tackled all these greats sewing tips for beginners, if you’re looking for some great sewing tutorials, you’ll want to check these out as well! I have a collection of the best sewing projects of 2013, 2014, and 2015!
I hope you enjoyed this Sewing 101 Guide for Beginners (like me).
I very much LOVED putting it together.
Do you have some sewing sites to recommend to me?
P.S. I’ll be linking to these Parties.