Guys. Sewing machines are apparently SEW important (I had to) they’ve got two days dedicated to them. One is June 13th and the other is tomorrow! The first US sewing machine patent was issued to Elias Howe Jr. on September 10, 1846. Jury’s out as to why June 13th is significant. I’m celebrating by breaking out my sewing machine and tackling a few beginner projects. Here are 15 to inspire:
1. Field Poppy Pouch via For the Makers — this tutorial uses a needle + thread, but I used my sewing machine to sew the sides. It was the first non-test project I completed on my sewing machine, so I had to include it.
2. Cloth Napkins and Placemats via Smile and Wave. This is a great first project – you just need able to sew in a straight line!
3. Felt Coasters via Whimseybox. I do have a lot of felt lying around…
4. Felt iPad Sleeve via Cheryl Style. These would make great gifts for friends with tablets! Make them smaller, and you’ve got an iPhone sleeve.
6. Envelope Pillow Cover via I Heart Stitching. Pillow covers are an easy way to switch up your living room or bedroom style.
7. Heart Herbal Sachets via CraftyPod. How cute is this little herbal sachet? Fill them with lavender and chamomile and place them under your pillow if you’re having trouble sleeping. You can also store them in your dresser to make your clothes smell lovely.
8. Circle Garland via Natty By Design. Use a big craft circle punch to cut out a bunch of colorful circles and string them all together with your sewing machine. Easy!
9. Brigitte Scarf via Tilly and the Buttons. This adorable head scarf is from Tilly Walnes book, Love at First Stitch, filled with lots of fun clothing and accessory sewing tutorials.
10. Simple Cotton Top via A Beautiful Mess. I love how summery and breezy this top is!
11. How to Hem Your Jeans via Brit + Co. Hemming jeans is Sewing Machine 101, and comes in handy for shorties like me.
12. Maxi Skirt / Dress via Delia Creates. Delia calls this the “Versa Skirt” because it’s so versatile. I usually have a hard time finding maxi skirts that I’m not tripping all over (though I suppose knowing how to hem would be helpful there, too!)
13. Paper Bag Skirt via Simple Simon and Company. This has got to be the cutest elastic waist skirt ever!
14. Color Inserts via BurdaStyle. Add a pop of color to a blazer, pair of jeans, or any other article of clothing. BurdaStyle is a great resource for seamstresses of all levels.
15. Bow Belt via Tilly and the Buttons. I couldn’t resist including this bow belt! I want to make these in every color imaginable.