I have tried multiple times to learn how to sew and have never been successful. I am trying again, with the help of my friend Kim, to learn how to sew, crochet and knit in exchange for piano lessons for her son. Yesterday she walked me through the basics: ironing the fabric to avoid being out of square, finished edges, how to put thread on a bobbin, how to get the thread and bobbin correctly in the machine, how to put pins in the fabric, and finally how to sew. I practiced on a scrap a few times before I tried the pillow.
I am so proud of how well the pillow came out! I did everything with wonderful supervision, but feel really good about doing it myself! I told Kim that once I learn to crochet, maybe I can make a flower and hand sew it on the pillow to make it a little less plain. For my first project though, I did well!
Next up- a table runner! Other upcoming sewing projects: a fancy pillow with trim for my living room, Roman shades for my dining room, and maybe one day I will brave making some pajama pants (the last time I tried pants was the end of my sewing experience up til now-it was bad. Who knew that you were supposed to sew the front to the back section, instead of the two fronts together and the two backs together?) Who knows what else we will make, but I'm excited to learn!