Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 6! Online classes from Crafty Gemini!

Thank you for coming back for the 13 Days of Giveaway! We’re now at Day 6! The winners from Wednesday’s giveaway are Jane H and Tran! Please check your inbox for instructions on how to get your prize.

Sew it All Season 7 will air in March, be sure to check your local for listings and schedule.

Season 7 was so much fun to work on, with so many great guests and projects, we can’t wait for you to view. As you may know every day you enter in the 13 Days of Giveaways you’ll be automatically entered to with the Grand Prize, a copy of Sew it All TV Season 6 on DVD!

In our new season we bring you the amazing and talented Vanessa Wilson! Vanessa will show you how fun it is to teach children to sew. She’ll show the basics of getting started and a fun pillow project just for little beginners.

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Watch Carol Ingram and Ellen March in episode 605 Pillowcase Dress stitch up an adorable dress made from a pillowcase. Learn about embellishments and shadow-work embroidery! Find full instructions for Carol’s episode, and all past episodes, at

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For today’s giveaway two lucky readers will win one current or future online class from Vanessa Wilson at Crafty Gemini!

To view her classes please click HERE!

To win today’s prize, answer the question below in the comments section.

Do you remember your first sewing project? What was it? How did it turn out? Give us the details!

Go to on March 1st for a sneak peek at all 13 episodes of Sew it All 7, including full instructions and free patterns! And come back tomorrow to find out the winner of today’s prize, and what’s in store for the next amazing giveaway! 

Don’t forget to check to find when your local station airs Sew it All. If your local PBS doesn’t carry Sew it All TV, email or call them to request it!  Sew it All TV brings you host Ellen March and a guest from the sewing world to demonstrate a fun project. ANd, you can always check out anytime of the week to watch past shows or purchase DVD’s from

Good Luck!

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144 Responses to Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 6! Online classes from Crafty Gemini!

  1. Karen Poole says:

    The first sewing project I remember making was a preprinted panel that had Barbie doll clothes to be cut out and sewed with all instructions included! It came out great and I was hooked, and have been sewing ever since, I must have been about six.

  2. Hermina McNeill says:

    My first project was an apron in Home Ec class in 8th grade! It is amazing how one project helped me gravitate towards sewing the rest of my life!

  3. Doris Wilson says:

    The very first sewing project were pajamas for my doll which I did with the help of my grandma when I was 5 or 6 years old. I didn`t use a sewing machine but needle and thread. As a child I watched my mum and granny alot when they did their sewing, but I wasn`t allowed to use her machine until I was 14 or so.
    I started sewing in school in grade 5 or 6, the first projects being a pillow-case, followed by things like laundry bag, a night-gown, a blouse…
    I always kept a love for needlework but I must admit I got a bit lazy in the past years – guess it`s time to get into again.

  4. Liz says:

    I went out and bought a sewing machine as soon as I got married. I couldn’t wait to decorate our first place together. I purchased solid blue and floral blue fabric to make cafe curtains. It was not good. I seemed to forget the part about measuring the window. The were too narrow. I put them up anyway determined to use them. I ended up buy a set of curtains to replace them weeks later :(

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  6. Karen Honeycutt says:

    This is soo funny remembering my first sewing project. It was an apron in a home ec class many years ago. This week I am working on a project of making 4 new aprons for my scrapbooking friends “Sassy Scrappers”, so we can wear them to our retreats. It is amazing how one small project of many years helped me gravitate towards sewing the rest of my life!

  7. M. Jane C. says:

    My first project was a horror story. I was enrolled in a sewing class with a store that sold fabric. It was a pink linen sun dress with spaghetti straps, circular skirt and a white picot jacket. Needless to say, it is a wonder that I got back to basics almost immediately after tossing the project in the trash.
    Looking back at it, I was 10 and scammed.

  8. Julie says:

    My first sewing project was a baby quilt. I was scared to death. Working with quilt shop fabric. I was So afraid that I would make a mistake. I had a very good teacher at the time. (Which is important). She guided me through the whole process. When it came to the binding she showed me Numerous times. Until I was comfortable doing it well. After this baby quilt was finished. I looked into taking an adult sewing class through a local college. Which was the most awesome experience! I met new friends! My second quilt was a log cabin! After this I became a member of a local Guild! Which was FANTASTIC! I also give credit to all my on line teachers! You all ROCK! Thank you for all your experience to!

  9. Chris says:

    I made a lavender skirt with a ruffle for 4-H. It actually got a blue ribbon in the county fair and went to the state fair. I don’t remember what it got there, but I still remember that skirt!

  10. Amber says:

    My first project was a class when I was about 12. I remember making a shirt, not loving the process. But the class was enough to keep me interested and 20 years later I took a pajama making class. That was about 4 years ago and now I’m hooked!

  11. Cherie says:

    I made a dress for my daughter. It had lots of pintucks. Lol. But it turned out cute. And my daughter looked adorable wearing it.

  12. A Perello says:

    The first completed sewing project I remember doing was a gift for a baby. It was a sundress.

  13. Leanna Chideste says:

    My first sewing project was in Jr. High, Home Ec. class, It was an apron and I made a
    Just goes to show you if you don’t give up you can succeed because 5 kids and 4 grandkids later I can make almost anything A worthy;)

  14. Laurie says:

    I learned in school. I made a long sleeve top and matching pants out of cotton. It turned out very nice. I bought myself a sewing machine as soon as I had a job after school. That was about 40 years ago! Long life of sewing since.

  15. Kar says:

    Barbie doll clothes from a pre-printed panel when I was 7 or 8. Had two great teachers, my mom and grandmother!

  16. Pamela Beeth says:

    I learned to sew in the 11th grade under an excellent teacher. Believe it or not, I chose to make a lined three piece skirt suit with the vest being reversible. I still cannot believe that the teacher or my mother did not quash that project but they didn’t. Perhaps it was because we had already bought the beautiful wool fabric before showing it to the teacher. I must have been reasonably successful because I wore that suit several times.

  17. Ellen says:

    My first project was a shift for girl scouts when I was in 5th grade. I choose to make it in the color yellow and realized that the shade of yellow I choose was not a color I could wear. It made me look sick. Dress fit okay, but never wore it again after the fashion show. Didn’t sew again until hr high when it was a required and enjoyed it.

  18. Sharon Martin says:

    My first school sewing project was a wrap around skirt, I think. I wore
    it proudly and have sewn every since.

  19. Tahira Bashir says:

    Well my first sewing project was a shirt that I made for myself.I got so much appreciation that I started sewing with a great passion.Now i’d love to transfer this passion to my daughter.Sewing is so much fun indeed and I wish all of you HAPPY SEWING.

  20. Cheryl says:

    Doll clothes for my dolls. I was just a child; I was satisfied….

  21. tina says:

    Barbie clothes when I was a young girl.

  22. Linda Phillips says:

    Barbie clothes and a skirt for myself!

  23. Karen says:

    Terry cloth shorts when I was 12. They turned out great.

  24. Dee Collins says:

    I started sewing when I was about 8 years old. I would lay my doll down on the fabric, trace around the body and then cut out the fabric. I would sew using my mothers treadle machine. Mom taught both my sister and me the LOVE of sewing and I have worked with my granddaughter sewing her 1st little dress, but it was for her.. she was very proud of herself.

  25. Laura Bowden says:

    In elementary school I remember sewing a felt penguin from a kit.
    It deteriorated over time and the small plastic beads that filled it slowly leaked from worn holes. It was cute and it sat in my room for a long time.

  26. marianne king says:

    My 1st outfit I made I was in 4H. Made a hat, slacks and top. Then we got to model our outfits we made. That is where my love of sewing and crafting began was in 4-H.

  27. Kam Watson says:

    Yes, I was about 5 and I cut and “sewed” doll dresses for all my babies. My Grandmother let me use her treadle machine and I thought I was the smartest little girl in the world…my Grandmother did too! Thanks for letting me share!

  28. Wendy Scott says:

    My first project was a skirt in jr high. It turned out well, butbI do not remember ever wearing it.

  29. Amy Adams says:

    My first sewing project was an A line dress in teal paisley print in Home Ec in high school. I fell in love with sewing and started making my own clothes.

  30. Daryl Reese says:

    I’d completed a couple pull thread and measure fabric projects in class for my 7th grade home-ec class. Near the end of the school year I wore a dress I’d sewn at home and the teacher asked why I couldn’t do that quality work in class. I was a polite child so I didn’t answer her but it was because I’d used a nice paper pattern with step-by-step instructions and my mother was ever handy to give me help if I had a problem. I enjoyed sewing so much I made another dress for school that summer.

  31. Nan McDaniel says:

    a pair of pants in Home Economics class in 8th grade. I wore them! (okay – maybe once because we had to for our grade). LOL

  32. My first sewing project was a gathered skirt for the 4-H when I was 10 years old. I received a blue ribbon on this skirt and have been sewing ever since. That was 56 years ago.

  33. christina says:

    my first sewing project was in 7th grade. We had to make a pillow friend. The pillow had to have a face with arms and legs..I remember having lots of problems sewing it..
    Haven sewn again until 30 yeARS LATER.

  34. Judith Martinez says:

    My very first project was an apron when I was 12. :) I finally had to get rid of it a few years ago because it completely fell apart after 25 years of use. I kept the accent buttons from the pocket to remember it by.

  35. Trish says:

    My first project was a skirt in high school sewing class. It went very well. I even finished the four required garments early enough to sew a bubble dress. It’s all history from there. I haven’t stopped sewing.

  36. My first attempt was a dress for my baby doll while my Mom was out and Iwas staying with a sitter. I laid my doll on an old fashion flower sack. , traced around the doll with a pencil, and cut it out. When I started to sew on Mom’s machine, the bobbin thread knotted all up; so I closed it up and put everything away. A few weeks later, when my Mom discovered my mess, I owned up to it and my Mom told me if I wanted to sew I should do it while she was home so I didn’t sew my fingers. That was almost 70 years ago, and I’m still making doll clothes, but now for my Great Grand Daughters!

  37. Kristi H. says:

    The first project I saw was a pillowcase where it has a staggered opening in the back. I was trying to finish a project & was looking on U Tube for some tips. From that moment on I was hooked. I enjoyed the Crafty Gemini, her teaching style & choices of projects. Everything has turned out great! Thank you!

  38. Sue Richard says:

    My first sewing project was way back in the early 1960′s, in junior high Home Ec. We made a straight skirt, with waistband and zipper and a matching blouse with over the shoulder seams (raglan ? – no inset sleeves). The skirt was orange and the blouse was a checked pattern in like colors. I remember the zipper being quite a challenge! Thankfully, my Mom was a sewer and helped me.

  39. linda says:

    my grandmother taught me how to make patterns using my Barbie doll when I was 9. my first project on the real sewing machine was a blue suede coat for my Barbie. I thought it looked fabulous!!! lol

  40. Joan says:

    The first thing I ever sewed was a orange paisley dress. I was 10 years old and
    it came out great I even wore it to church!

  41. Rhonda Atkinson says:

    I made an apron for 4-H when I was 8. The best I can remember it was made from gingham. I think it won a red ribbon at the county fair. I just bought 6 apron patterns as I believe I’ll make aprons for as Christmas gifts this year.

  42. Lea Ann VanBuskirk says:

    The first thing I made was a pair of navy blue “wide bottom” pants. This would have been in about 1973. They had a waist band and a zipper and I wore them to school as my uniform pants for an entire school year. I have to say, I must have done a pretty good job. Since then, I’ve made all kinds of things. I moved to Lancaster County, PA almost three years ago, so now I am quilting and I love it!!!

  43. Carol Segovia says:

    I made my step daughter a quilt. I had never done any quilting and I didn’t even bother learning how. I figured, how hard could it be? Ha! I did a 9 patch block using three different fabrics. I did half the quilt top by hand and because it was taking to long, I finished the second half with my machine. I laid down the backing, the batting, and the quilt top. The backing and batting was way to big compared to the top. So, I fixed it by rolling the back and batting until it fit under the top. I never even considered cutting it down to size! So I rolled it and then used my machine to join them together. I didn’t use binding and didn’t have any mitered corners. The quilt was about 4ft X 5ft. The last thing I needed to do was figure out how to keep the batting from moving around inside. So, I bought some colorful large buttons. I hand sewed 6 of them to the backing. They were about a foot apart from each other. It was terrible! The thing fell apart after a few months of washing and use. By the time she gave it to me to fix, I knew way more about quilting. So I took it apart, saved some of the original material and made a whole new quilt with it. It should last for years since I did it correctly the second time around.

  44. Mama Lusco says:

    I first made a pillowcase dress for one of my girls. It turned out okay, but I didn’t finish any seams. I’ve learned a lot since then!