Learning to Sew: Part One

Hello lovelies.
Have you ever had something you’ve always wanted to do and never got around to it?
For me, that was learning to sew. I have always dreamt of making my own dresses and being able to wear whatever I want, because I envisioned it in my head.
But dreams have to start somewhere and that involved actually knowing how to use a sewing machine. The best way to do this? Find a beginner’s sewing course, of course!
The one I found was by a little company in Stoke Newington called The Thrifty Stitcher!
 For a half day’s beginner course it was £45, which included the material, expertise and unlimited tea and coffee.
Co-incidentally, Yvonne from Three Small Apples was also going (what are the odds?). So we embarked upon our sewing adventures together!

I also decided to create a hand sewn flower on the cushion – because I like to make my life that little bit harder (?!)
It was quite a big deal for me to learn how to do this. I am afraid of the sewing machine I have at home however, as it was only £25 and is rather cheap. My other problem? I am not sure if I need to buy bobbins and thread which are particularly for that machine?
Anyway this will be a series of posts, as my sewing adventures continue. Watch this space!
What do you think of my cushion? 
Have you been learning to sew? Let me know your thoughts!

  • Emmiloo

    Aww, that cushion is so cute, well done you! xoxo

  • Claire Nelson

    I too did a one-day sewing course a year ago, and made a very cool cushion, after which time I promised my friend that for her birthday I would make her a bespoke cushion with my fabulous new skills. Cue borrowing a sewing machine, which set out to destroy me, and a lot of swearing. I did make the cushion in the end but I don't think I have the patience for sewing… so I've taken up knitting instead. Far less street cred, I know, but there you have it. I admire anyone who can successfully sew so best of luck, am sure you can do it… and by the way, your cushion is BEAUTIFUL!

  • Sarah

    Hello! What a lovely cushion, that fabric is gorgeous! I'm also a Stokey sew-er, but have yet to check out The Thrifty Stitcher. I must!

    Well done, good luck with your future makes. Sewing is great fun :)

  • Tia

    I wish I could learn to sew! I'm afraid I might not have the patience for it. :O

  • Lauren

    Great cushion! It looks amazing.

    Ive been sewing my own clothes for a few years and the best tip I have is go to http://www.birdastyle.com for free sewing patterns, tutorials in sewing techniques and forums. I'm laurenlovesblog on there.

    Also to answer your question – you do usually need to buy proper bobbins for Your machine and wind on the thread you want. Some shops do universal needles and bobbins which are good. I'd recommend a brother or singer machine from argos around the £100 mark – I pays for itself.

    Well done learning to sew! Its my favourite hobby! Xxx

  • A Tale of Two Sisters

    This looks great, I've been thinking of doing one of these courses. I might start with one of the online tutorials Lauren mentioned, I have a sewing machine but haven't done very much with it yet! Let us know what else you make!


  • Lauren

    oops supposed to say http://www.burdastyle.com

    Stupid iphone autocorrect xxx

  • 3smallapples

    Yay! Such a shame I didn't get to see your finished masterpiece before i had to rush out of the class for a lie down :)

    Looks absolutely FAB!