The sound of my mother’s sewing machine, chugging through project after project, is one of the noises in the soundtrack of my childhood. Both of my parents were creatives– My mom sewing, drawing, helping with kids craft projects at my elementary school, baking & experimenting with recipes for our dinner. My dad a builder, building custom homes by day, tinkering in his wood shop by night and weekend. Whenever I hear the whir of an electric saw or catch a whiff of sawdust I think of my dad.
I have no doubt that the reason I am creative today, is because I was raised by creative parents.
I was 10 years old when I got my first sewing machine, an antique singer sewing machine, collected from under a pile of nicknacks at a school rummage sale. For Christmas that year my parents had my sewing machine refurbished for me, and the following summer I took sewing classes for kids at a local sewing machine shop. My daughter still uses the pillowcase we made in that class!
When I became a teenager my sewing table became my makeup table and my creative passion turned from sewing into acting. My sewing days were over until about a year after the birth of my daughter. At some point between my teens and my late 20’s I had lost myself creatively and I was seeking to find my creative self.
My in-laws loaned me a long unused sewing machine and I started sewing again. First for my daughter, then for neighborhood friends and eventually selling in my very own Etsy store. When I started my blog, Sew Creative, I thought that the site would have a lot more sewing on it, it turns out that the site opened the door for me to express myself creatively in a multitude of ways, not just sewing.
Through the last two years of writing Sew Creative, one thought kept coming to me over and over and over again– Creative parents raise creative kids, but sometimes adults lose their creative self once they get married and have kids.
That’s the driving force behind our new site, Hello Creative Family. We want to help inspire you and assist you in finding your creative spark so that you can raise your children in a homemade, handmade, heart-made home.
If you’ve been tempted to dabble in sewing I encourage you not to wait! Read on for the best sewing projects for beginners that I’ve published on Sew Creative over the past 2 years. They are quick, easy and I’m never more than an email away (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need some help!
This 5 Minute Tissue:Kleenex Holder is a simple sewing projects for beginners. Whip them up for your kids, teachers and friends during cold and flu season. Perfect for stocking stuffers. I was inspired to make this project after spending time making a similar project on a Babylock serger at SNAP 2014.
Not only are these flowers “Oh Sew Easy” they’re also “Oh Sew Cute”! I wear a lot of black and I love throwing one of these flowers on to add a punch of color to my outfit. They also make a great last minute hostess gift. The Oh Sew Easy 10 Minute Fabric Flower is a great project to have in your sewing repertoire plus you don’t even need a sewing machine!
Bibs were one of the very first projects that I started to sew when I returned to sewing as an adult. This 15 Minute Baby Bib Sewing Tutorial uses bibs that you already have as a pattern to trace. It’s quick, easy and would make a lovely baby shower gift. Both of my babies were droolers (just check out the drool on his chin in the picture above) so I made piles and piles and piles of these bibs for my little ones.
We love this 30 Minute Fabric Scrap Teapot Coaster and how you can use up your fabric scraps to make colorful coasters for your teapot (or coffee pot). I have one that sits on my sewing studio desk so that a cup of tea is always within reach! The directions have variations for making smaller sizes for mug coasters too.
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