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Sewing with a Loved One

Supply list:

  • Sewing machine
  • Straight pins
  • Variety sizes hand sewing needles
  • Scissors for fabric
  • Scissors for paper
  • Tape measure
  • Seam ripper
  • Ruler
  • Sharpened pencil
  • Thimble size to fit middle finger; any style is OK

Week 1: Pillowcase

  • 100 percent cotton
  • Coordinating thread
  • For standard size 1 ¼ yard per pillow case
  • For king size 1 ½ yard per pillow case

Week 2: Pajama bottom

  • 3 yards cotton flannel (washed and dried)
  • Coordinating thread
  • 1” wide elastic for waistband
  • Suggested pattern Butterick B5153

Week 3: Tote bag

  • ½ yard bottom weight fabric such as denim, duck or twill
  • Embellishments for decorating such as felt for animal face, beads or jewels
  • Minimum of 1 ½ yard of 1” grosgrain for handles
  • Extra fabric is needed if adding pockets or lining
  • Coordinating thread

Week 4: Doll/Teddy Bear outfit

  • Any leftover scrap or remnant suitable for doll clothes
  • Coordinating buttons, snaps and embellishments
  • Thread
  • Doll or teddy bear. A doll size like an American Girl doll is a good size to work with. Smaller dolls like Barbie are too small for a beginner sewer. We will have a discussion about this project to find or create an appropriate pattern that will fit the doll/ bear. This is a good project to learn how to sew buttons and snaps.