Free Stuff Friday

Keeping with the theme of well dressed children, Free Stuff Friday is giving away a child size pattern from Sweet Seams. This pattern is for girls size 2-6x and is great for re-purposing items that she has grown out of.  All you need is a purchased or thrifted knit t-shirt. Sew up the skirt and attach the t-shirt to it for an adorable dress.

sweet seams Free Stuff Friday

All you have to do to enter in this  giveaway is post your answer to our question in the comment section below.

Question:Did you learn to sew as a kid or did you learn as an adult? What was the first item that you sewed?

Post your answer to our question in the comment section below.

We’ll randomly select a winner on Monday.  Until then, enjoy the weekend!

 Free Stuff Friday

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115 Responses to Free Stuff Friday

  1. Nellie says:

    I learned to sew as a teenager. My first itsem was a skirt in home economics.

  2. Michele says:

    A yellow gingham apron when I was 8 years old. I used that apron to cook with my gramma :) Now I am a gramma and making my three granddaughters all their summer clothes. What makes me even more happy is they all want to learn to sew!

  3. Pam Jadwick says:

    In started in 7th grade. We all made 3armhole wraparound dresses.

  4. Mardi says:

    Mom was determined if she ever had a daughter she’d make sure she learned to sew because she didn’t when she was young. She gave me Singer sewing lessons–8 lessons for $10, I think–best $10 she ever spent on me! Been sewing for self, kids, grandkids & lots of gifts ever since.

  5. Audrey says:

    I was a young girl…started simple sewing around six.

  6. Rosemary Griffis says:

    I learned to sew as a very young child. First with scraps from my mother’s projects, then with a pattern and sewing machine. The first item, at age 11, was a dress with princess seams and piping around the neckline and sleeves and a full-length back zipper. I actually wore this dress until I grew out of it. I’ve always had a sewing machine — as essential as the dishwasher!

  7. Norine says:

    I learned to sew when I was 9. My parents didnt have the extra money to purchase clothes for my Barbie doll, so I made them myself. I soon learned that I didn’t really like playing with Barbie, but making her outfits was so much fun! I never bought another Barbie, but boy, did I have lots of fabric! :-)

  8. Cathy Schmitt says:

    I used to watch with amazement as my mom sewed dresses for me and my sisters. I started sewing as a middle schooler at school. The first thing I made was a baby blanket for my nephew. I took a little hiatus when I had three small kids, worked full time and going to nursing school all at the same time! Now that I have grandchildren and a lot more free time, I find myself addicted to making things for them. I love sewing and my grand babies! What a great combo! I’m loving life these days!

  9. Joanne R. Magyari says:

    I learned as an adult. When husband ad I got pregnant with our daughter I started sewing clothe diapers. This was before all the Pul fabric was readily available. It was very intense!! Lol. I am surrounded by women who taught me everything I know now and it created a passion and love for hand crafted sewn items.
    8 years later I have request for items to be made and have friends that come over with their machine ad I’m teaching them!! Very Humbling!!

  10. I learned as a teenager. My aunt was sewing and I watched her and wanted to copy. I got a machine for Christmas (Viking because that is what she had) and make a pair of pants as my first project. Just recently I went back to my first love and started a new business do canvas and upholstery. I love the creation side of it and have been quite busy so far.

  11. Kathleen says:

    I started by sewing doll clothes by hand. My great-aunt lived next door and I used to go to her house and watch her sew. She would make shorts and top for me. My first clothing I made was a dress and then a skirt and blouse in high school. I have been sewing ever since, even went to a design school for dress design. Love art and sewing.

  12. I learned to sew as a young girl. My mom had one of the featherweight Singer machines and made most of our clothes. She taught me to make Barbie Doll clothes. I received my first machine when I was in 8th grade. I took Home Economics and for Christmas my parents gave me a Brother machine. I purchased a Singer after I had my 2 daughters. I still love to sew on the Brother machine and purchased a Brother embroidery machine.

  13. Paige Rambow-VanLaningham says:

    I watched my Gramma Rambow sew when I was a child; was re-introduced to it in junior high actually making something. I made a brown wool, straight skirt with a zipper, waistband, button, darts and back seam slit. I sewed the majority of my girls school clothes. When they started showing horses I sewed their show clothes and chaps. Even made “body” shirts, before body shirts were a style, in order to keep their shirttails tucked in when riding.

  14. Carol says:

    Learned as a child ….a gathered skirt using a Singer machine with the knee pedal. I’ve come a long way since then.

  15. Karen says:

    As a teen – tunic top in home Econo class

  16. Marlene Bailey says:

    I learned how to sew qhen I was just 5 years old. I would make doll clothes from scapes my mother would have from her sewing. Many the shirt sleeve and cuff became dresses for my Barbies .Those were the fun days brings back good and happy memories.

  17. Marlene Hein says:

    i did the patching for my Mom when i was in high school. however, taking sewing in school was not an option-could have taken it by correspondence.
    thus i really learned to sew as an adult & the 1st thing i sewed (not recommended) was a long polyester jumper for my hubby’s college graduation. i also wore that jumper for my sister’s college graduation & my parent’s 25th wedding anniversary celebration on the farm. i did it with help from another sewer with more experience. thus i try to pay it forward, now. :) )

  18. Jennifer wright says:

    Teenager. High school drama class. Made a dress for a show set in 1920. Thank goodness those fashions were forgiving!!!

  19. Staci Williams says:

    I have taught myself as an adult. Mom tried to
    teach my earlier but I wouldn’t take the time. My
    first thing to sew was a dress for my daughter.

  20. Carol K E says:

    I was 8 or 9 and started with hemming flour sack dish towels on the old Singer with the knee control. Old habits die hard as with my new Elna, I keep trying to use the knee control to sew rather than to raise the presser foot. I have 2 daughters who sew and a daughter-in-law who can do it, but needs to be watched every second. Starting to teach the 3rd generation with the 6 and 8 year old grand daughters.

  21. Rosemary says:

    I learned to sew on my grandma’s treadle sewing machine, which I now have and will
    aways cherish. The first thing I made was a doll blanket.

  22. Melanee Simpson says:

    as a child, my mother had me cut out patterns for her “as I was so good at staying on the lines” first thing sewn was a barbie doll dress.

  23. Roberta Benson says:

    I learned as a child. I made a loose fitting top using two big scarves. That was the fashion in 1968.

  24. Tammy Thompson says:

    I took the prerequisite sewing class in junior high, and made a peasant blouse, which I wore once to complete my grade and never again. Then later as an adult I was given a sewing machine, and decided it would ease my budget as a single parent if I could sew my daughter’s clothes. So I bought a pattern, some inexpensive fabric and went to town. My neighbor at the time was an avid seamstress and was available to answer questions and help when needed. As a result my daughter was the best dressed child in head start. I could crank out a dress in a few hours, and would have a new outfit for her every day almost.

    Later years I spent most of my sewing time doing crafts, household items, but I still managed to crank out a few clothes now and again. lol

  25. Mary Mac says:

    Learned as a young adult as a freshmen in high school. I made doll clothes.

  26. MaryMartha Rose says:

    7th grade an apron , college a tailoring class, but really didn’t start sewing and developing the talent till my first baby girl was born. I made all her clothes, diapers, and even training panties and big girl panties. and still sewing baby and children clothing for grandchildren.

  27. I started at age 12 and ordered a red wool suit that was cut out for me and I just had to sew it together.

  28. alice goins says:

    My grandma taught me to hand sew a red heart for a project for school when I was 11. After that, she taught me on a treadle machine-same machine that she taught my Dad to use when he was a kid. We made a rainbow shirt. She had a collection of fabric: laces, blue polyster :-) , purples, and so on. She showed me how to make little clutches. Took home ec in school and loved it. Later I found out that my grandma used to sew dresses & sold them in a little shop in our town.

  29. Carolyn Gibeaut says:

    I was a kid-10 years old-and the first thing I made was a shift dress with braided type bias tape instead of neck and armhole facings. It was very fashionable in the early 60′s!

  30. Cindy Prince says:

    I learned as a kid and made my dad a hankie-

  31. Kelli says:

    I learned in the 4th grade in my 4-H group. My first project was a pair of pants with elastic waistband. That’s what we had to enter in the fair.

  32. Kayla O. says:

    I learned in high school while taking home ec. The first project was a pillow. Didn’t sew again until after finding out I was pregnant with a little girl. Can’t stop now!

  33. Karen Poole says:

    I learned to sew as a kid, about 8 years old, the first thing I sewed was some pre-printed barbie clothes. I was hooked! And have been sewing ever since! I lOVE the little girls dress shown above! I wish I had a little girl to make it for! My girls are grown and I have grandsons, no granddaughters yet!

  34. Carol Wright says:

    I learned to sew as a child from my mother. The first thing I probably sewed was Barbie clothes.

  35. melissa says:

    My great grandma taught me the basics as a kid. Some of the best memories from my childhood. We used to make little pillows.

  36. Susan Guynes says:

    I started as a child. My great aunt Mable let us use her treadle sewing machine when we visited during the summer. I think this is why I sew barefooted today. The first thing I made was a doll dress for one of the antique dolls she let us play with even though my mother thoout they were too valuable.

  37. Debbie Richey says:

    My mom taught me when I was a kid. But it was too frustrating for her to let me do it on my own, so she enrolled me in sewing classes. I made a shift dress from that class. What a learning experience! Zippers, facings and hand sewn hems. I’m so glad she taught me and enrolled me in the class. I hope to pass it on to my granddaughter.

  38. Dawna says:

    I learned to sew when I was 18 and pregnant with my first child. Mom is a sewer and she sat me down and said you will make a maternity outfit. Which I did with a zipper. In double know (1975) and wore for a couple of months. A year later I was sewing for my daughter pretty much on my own. Mom bought me my first machine. Since then I’ve sewn a lot of my girls clothes even prom and my youngest daughter’s wedding dress. Now I sew for my grandaughter.

  39. Amy Feller says:

    I learned to sew when I was about 10, on a sewing machine my cousin gave me that she didn’t want anymore. The first thing i made was an apron for my mom :)

  40. Adora says:

    I learned to sew as a child. The first item that I made was a tote bag.

  41. Tonya Mansch says:

    As an adult, first thing I did was a pin cushion.

  42. Barb Hilton says:

    My mom started me when I was around 10. I used her old Singer – it was maybe one step up from a treadle machine. to backstitch, you had literally turn the fabric around and sew it again. the first thing I made was taking one of her old skirts and adapting it into a Halloween costume.

  43. Cathy says:

    I learned to sew by hand as a child. I think I made a pincushion. My first sewing machine project was a green, A-line skirt, which I made when I was 11 or 12.

  44. are you guys ever gonna give away the NV brother duetta two 4750 D

  45. Judy R says:

    I was 14 and a freshman in high school. I made a dress that I still have. Very obvious it was the first item I ever sewed!

  46. Jaime says:

    Adult, my kids Halloween costume.

  47. LisaVH says:

    My mom started to teach me as a kid – simple pillows, straight seams on her old Bernina. I didn’t really start sewing until 7th grade home ec where I made an apron that my mom still has in her kitchen. :)

  48. Jeanne says:

    My Mom started me sewing when I was about 8 yrss old by letting me hem “real” flour sacks for dish towels. She moved me on to other things when she discovered the towels were shrinking because I was cutting the hems off so I could hem them again! She hated sewing and was overjoyed to have a daughter who loved to sew to take over this task in our home.

  49. Debbie F says:

    sorry…. adult, and it was a tote bag.

  50. Debbie F says: