Free Stuff Friday! Win the book “Sewing Basics”!

Happy Free Stuff Friday! Today we’re giving away Sewing Basics: All You Need to Know About Machine and Hand Sewing.

basics Free Stuff Friday! Win the book Sewing Basics!

The book features lots of great photos and how-tos for sewing, fitting and finishing. It would make an excellent resource for any sewing room, whether you’re an experienced sewist or a newbie. Since we’re going “back to basics” today, answer the following question to enter to win: What was your very first sewing project? Add your answer to the comments section below, and we’ll choose a winner at random on Monday. Good luck!

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217 Responses to Free Stuff Friday! Win the book “Sewing Basics”!

  1. Shevawn says:

    My first sewing project was in 1977 in seventh grade home ec class. I made a skirt with waist band and zipper, I had extra time and fabric and made a matching purse. The fabric I remember was navy blue with little sailboats on it. I was hooked on sewing from then on, but I sewed everything by hand until the early 80s. I owned my first machine when I was 23 then sewed for my first daughter.

  2. Mardell says:

    My first project was a corduroy bag! It was fun and surprisingly, a variation of that style has made a comeback!

  3. Patricia Lenhart says:

    My first project was in 7th grade Home-Ec and was a bib skirt. I loved sewing from that class on.

  4. June Attenberger says:

    My first project was a beach bag. Even cross stitched our names on them. A Home Ec project. It was brown and white checked! Loved sewing since!

  5. Carla says:

    A pillow in the shape of an A for my sister, in 7th grade home ec… That’s as far as they went in home ec, and the project was stretched out over several months…

  6. kelli says:

    My first project was a pair of pajama bottoms with a drawstring for a 4-H project.

  7. The first thing I sewed was by hand. A little stuffed Doll and her outfit. It was a pocket size doll. I was getting to old to play with dolls but I still loved the comfort that dolls give a young girl. I carried this doll everywhere with me. Even to my fathers company picnic. Thanks for this walk down memory lane.

  8. Pamela Hoelscher says:

    My first sewing projects were repairing clothes for the family.
    My first “real” project was making clothes for dolls, and skirts for me.
    Since my mom said I was too young to use a machine, I did everything by hand until I was ten.

  9. LauraM says:

    4-H popover skirt – age 10 :-)

  10. gayle says:

    Learned to sew on my grandmothers New Home pedal machine. She helped me make a skirt.

  11. Deborah says:

    For Christmas 2011: 48 dinner napkins! That was a larger project that I’d planned to start with, but the holiday had sort of snuck up on me and I needed to make a bunch of presents, fast. It worked. And now I’m hooked on sewing. :)

  12. TanzieB says:

    I sewed my Barbie doll an outfit with bell bottom pants.. with a needle and thread.. I still have the outfit to this day!! It is really sad…but memorable!! :)

  13. Lori says:

    My first project was a tiered skirt. The tiers alternated red polka dots/blue polka dots! lolo

  14. Rose says:

    My mom helped me make an apron that tied around the waiste out of an old curtain. The material was a broadcloth with a white background and had red and blue sail boats. Forty-three years later, my mom still has it in the kitchen ready to use..

  15. Michelle Shamp says:

    I have always loved sewing, but my very first project was a pillow. I made it when I was in 4 H. I won a blue ribbon for it, I was so proud of myself! Thank you for brining back such awesome memories! I love your magazine- there are so many great ideas and suggestions! Bless you!

  16. Danni Armstrong says:

    It was an orange duck cloth A-line skirt which I made in Home Economics class. I actually wore it to school the rest of the year. Lol

  17. LORA CHANEY says:

    My first project was my high school Rifle Squad uniform..it was a white satin blouse with long sleeves, a wide collar and a purple sash, a purple satin skirt, and silver satin bloomers. My mother was ill with cancer and could only verbally instruct me , but I had been making doll furntitue and clothes for a while and helped her with Barbie clothes, so I had some basic knowledge. I wore it with pride that year and still have it, althought the waist of the skirt only fits my lower thigh now!!!!

  18. Mama Lusco says:

    My first project was a pillowcase dress for my baby girl.

  19. Karen A says:

    The first thing I remember making was Barbie doll clothes.

  20. Carol says:

    Can always use a book for reference when sewing.

  21. Rebecca Mary says:

    First thing I ever sewed was a lining for a bad so that I could makes the outside of netted beads

  22. Terri says:

    My first project was in Grade 7, Home Economics (sewing portion)… a denim wraparound skirt! I was terrified of the machine at first, but soon got into it, and have never looked back! And I got 100% on the skirt :-)

  23. Carolyn H. says:

    My first sewing project was a quilt for my doll bed. Grandma had me sew it all by hand and then I tied it. I had to use a thimble! To this day I can’t do hand sewing without a thimble.

  24. Sheilah H says:

    My first sewing project was an apron in Home Economics in sixth grade

  25. Sheilah Hall says:

    My first project was an apron in Home Economics in the sixth grade. Finished my apron and then helped another girl that was behind in her project.

  26. virginia mayfield says:

    My first sewing project was in sewing class in school .I made a skirt and blouse. Oh, the misstakes I made but managed to pass the course.

  27. Arlene T says:

    My first project was an apron in 7th grade Home Ec class. I won the fashion show with it, too! Loved my Home Ec teacher, she was the best :)

  28. Carrie says:

    I took a class through a local community college, and I made a tote. I wouldn’t let you look too closely at it, but it works!

  29. My first sewing project was a pincushion. It was my first year in 4 H and I still have it. It is pretty worn after all these years. Sewing has been a fun hobby for me for all these years.

  30. Janis Berryman says:

    My first item I ever sewed was an apron. After that, I began sewing all my clothes including suits, my wedding dress, and a prom dress.

  31. Rhonda says:

    LOL, a very sad looking T-shirt made in my 7th grade home -ec class. Happily I;ve improved a wee bit since then!

  32. Chipecrepes says:

    My first sewing item was a frog .

  33. Debby says:

    My very first sewing project was an olive green apron with ecru lace on the pocket. It was a bit wonkie to say the least but I was very proud.

  34. Shannon says:

    The very first thing I ever sewed was in 8th grade in home economics. They were a pair of pants. I used a striped fabric and loved how they came out. I wore them that whole year and no one could believe an 8th grader made them. Although the stripes mind you were reds, oranges and browns but I didn’t care LOL LOL…….

  35. Kathy says:

    i made a jumper when i was 13 – it was in red white and blue – i had expressed an interest in learning to sew so my parents got me a sewing machine – no one in the family sewed – no one knew how to use it – but i got patterns and fabric and worked it out – i can remember my dad telling me “if it’s worth doing it is worth doing well”
    he was a cabinet maker -

  36. Erika says:

    my first sewing project was a stuffed scottie dog that i made in 7th grade Home Ec class. i remmeber every project I made in that class.

  37. Ruth Fiegel says:

    These girls must be younger than I am, although, not too young, I understand Home ec is no longer taught. I can’t remember the first thing.
    I came from a long line of sewers. I’ve made everything from doll clothes to an sports jacket.

  38. Grace says:

    I learned to sew two years ago. My first project was a patchwork purse. Turned out a bit wonky but I love it!

  39. Elizabeth Dupee says:

    The first thing I remember sewign was a quilt with my mom and grandmother.

  40. c black says:

    My first was making an outfit for Barbie. I made all kinds of little things for her. I sat beside my Mom while she sewed her things. I must have been around 5.

  41. Kimberly Todd says:

    My first project was a jumpsuit short outfit in home economics when I was 14.

  42. Amani Harrison says:

    The first thing i ever sewn, was a sock monkey. His arm fell off the next day.

  43. Daisy says:

    My first project was a pair of elastic waist shorts, I think I was about 8 years old! My mom had an old Singer that I loved to use, I still have it even though it was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. Couldn’t bear to throw it out, it’s sitting in a box in the garage!

  44. Carla G says:

    My first project was an A-line plaid skirt. I think I was about age 14 when I made it. :)

  45. Jacquie G. says:

    Making clothes for my dolls , by hand, when I was 5. Now 72 and still sewing.

  46. Shirley Clark says:

    My first project was making small red velvet hearts that I stuffed with cotton balls and then added sachet powder. My Mom taught me the basics at the time, I believe that I about 10 years old.

  47. Kathy Launius says:

    It was napkins out of gingham where we made our own fringe, first thing that was sewn was an apron

  48. Janet Knapp says:

    My first sewing project was a yellow apron in 7th grade home ec.

  49. Jeri says:

    As a young girl, around seven, grandmother taught me to sew and cross stitch at the same time. We made napkins and placemats out of green gingham, cross stitching a garden on the placemats and flowers on the napkins. I am thankful she and mother taught me this skill. I loved having my own individual designs. I was thrilled when G’ma gave me my great aunt’s old Singer sewing machine from the ’50s. I still have that machine today. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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