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How to Start Sewing

Whether you used to be very familiar with the sewing machine or the two of you have never met, sewing basics never go out of style. Every now and then it’s time for a refresher. Or, if you’re new to sewing, you can use these tricks and tutorials to teach yourself how to sew. It’s a great lifelong skill to have. Not to mention, you can create fun clothing and accessories that will have that special handmade element and won’t break the bank! At first, sewing something may seem overwhelming. If you’re not sure where to start, what supplies you’ll need or even what kind of projects you’d want to make, fear not. We’ve put together this post just for you! Let’s get started, shall we?

Basic Sewing Supplies:

Sewing doesn’t always require a bunch of new purchases. Once you commit to buying quality supplies and tools, you’ll be set for a while. Of course, there are some needles and notions you’ll need as your sewing skills progress. For now, let’s focus on the basics. Here are a few things every sewists needs:


Easy Sewing Tips and Techniques:

Since you’re learning a new skill, you’ll need to pick up on some simple tips and techniques. Below we’ve rounded up helpful sewing tips. Check out these easy lessons before you start sewing. It’s our best advice to any new sewist!

Applique Basics

Bound Seams

Creating Pintucks

Handmade Buttonholes

Sewing Straight Lines


Simple Beginner Sewing Projects:


15 Minute Mouse Pad Wrist Rest – A quick and easy sewing project you can use daily.

20 Minute Skirt Tutorial – A simple skirt project that’s totally wearable.

5 Things to Make with Fat Quarters – Several fun ideas that all require small amounts of fabric.

For an entire collection of easy project ideas, check out this handy round up: 14 Quick and Easy Sewing Projects


How To Sew: Video Tutorials

For all you visual learners, we’ve got video tutorials that were created to help new sewists learn how to pick up the craft. Below you’ll find a few videos we recommend to anyone learning how to sew or even those of you who just need a little refresher. Let Amy Renea, our newest video creator, lead you through a few simple basics you’ll need to know for sewing.


Hopefully we’ve given you enough direction to start sewing. Remember, all you need is a little inspiration and these sewing tips and tutorials to get started. Our sewing site, AllFreeSewing.com is constantly updated with new project ideas, tips, video tutorials and more. Check back often to find even more sewing inspiration. You can also subscribe to our sewing newsletter, Sewing It Up and receive the latest on all things sewing right to your inbox!


And while you’re picking up a new craft, why not check out a new project and giveaway everyday in March? We’re celebrating National Craft Month in a big way. Check out today’s post for your chance to win an awesome prize!


What’s your best piece of advice to new sewists?