My favorite thing about cross-stitching is seeing your creation come to life with a needle, a piece of canvas and some floss. I’ve been cross-stitching daily for the past fifteen years, creating gifts for friends, bookmarks for my books, embroidered pillows… But, recently, I decided to make the jump and try a different type of craft: sewing.
I’m not sure why sewing always felt difficult to me. Maybe it’s because it was my grandmother’s favorite hobby and I wouldn’t imagine getting to her level! But I finally decided to give it a shot. In this article, I will show you how you can do it too with three simple projects any beginner can try.
First of all, the tools! Here’s what you will need for these projects:
- A good pair of scissors
- Measuring tape
- Some floss
- A piece of fabric
1. Cloth napkins
Picture this: you have a few people over for dinner, your table is set, your food is ready but you’re wondering how to add that extra personal touch? How about a nicely folded cloth napkin for each of your guests? They’re so easy to make you can have them all done within a day!
First of all choose the fabric you want to use for your napkins. As this is a matter of personal taste, you can go with whatever style you want. You can even combine two different fabric patterns or colors for each napkin!
There are different sizes of napkins depending on the occasion but you can go for a size ranging from 18 inches to 24 inches. The important thing is to stick to the same size all the time.
So are we ready to start making those napkins?
Cut your fabric into 2 squares of the size of your choice. Place the two pieces on top of each other with the right side in and sew using a straight line! Leave about a quarter or half an inch between the edge of the fabric and your sown line.
When you have about 4-5 inches of fabric left to sew, cut the corners (without reaching the seam and turn the napkin right side out! You can use your fingers or a closed pen to really bring out the corners.
Start sewing along the four sides of the napkin leaving a smaller seam allowance and your napkin is ready!
2. Small lavender pouches
We love those lavender pouches in our closets! Not only do they help with unwanted moths but their scent leaves you with a sense of freshness and cleanliness!
If you were able to sew the napkins, it should be very easy to do the lavender pouches,
In this case, you have more freedom with the size and shape of the fabric. You can go with a small rectangular size for example.
You can cut two pieces of the same size and have them sewn together like in the previous example or fold one piece of fabric in two with the desired size.
After flipping your fabric inside out and bringing out the corners, add your dried lavender inside the pouch. Be careful not to overstuff it as you won’t be able to close it off! Now carefully sow the pouch shut and voilà! Can it get any easier than this?
Now that you finished your napkins or your pouches, you may find yourself with some leftover scraps of fabric. How about turning these into a stylish headband instead of throwing them away?
To estimate the length of your headband, you can go with a couple of inches less than the circumference of your head. For a teen or an adult, an 18 inch long headband should be fine. So cut a rectangle of fabric out with double the needed length and give it a width of six or seven inches.
Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise with the right side in and sew alongside the length and one side of the width. Flip your fabric inside out and sew across all the edges of your fabric.
Tie your headband around your head and secure it with a bow or under your hair! How stylish!
So there you go, three simple and easy sewing projects you can do right now! Get your fabric out and start sewing!