Thursday, July 7, 2016

Simplest Ever Sewing Projects Which Can Be Done in a Day!

"Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied."
~ Hawthorne

If your sewing skills are limited to a basic straight line, then you are in the right place! While I lack much experience in the sewing department, I still like to tinker with some instant gratification projects (the kind that can be completed in a day!). They make one feel like an accomplished and creative, old-fashioned homemaker. For there is a peaceful rhythm to the sound of a sewing machine.  There is a tranquil feeling one gets with a needle and thread. With that being said, here is my humble little list of the simplest-ever sewing projects. These would also make perfect lessons for your dear daughter too!

How to Make Your Old and Ugly Potholders New Again ~ Sew a Slipcover!

Make Your Own Oilcloth Coasters

Make Your Own Absorbable Un-Paper Towels

Make Your Own Shabby Cottage Tea Napkins

Make Your Own Handkerchiefs ~ A Tiggy-Winkle Tutorial

Make Your Own Moth-Repellant Sachets

Make Your Own Soft Baby Burp Cloths

Make Your Own Clothespin Apron (or Mother and Child Kitchen Apron)

"Useful and ornamental needlework, knitting, and netting are capable of being made, not only sources of personal gratification, but of high moral benefit, and the means of developing in surpassing loveliness and grace, some of the highest and noblest feelings of the soul."
~ The Ladies' Work Table Book, 1845
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  1. Love it all.. Thank you sweet friend.. xo

  2. Just the kind of post I would find very useful. I am wanting to get my sewing machine out and have been hunting for simple sewing ideas as I am very much a novice. I really like the Tiggy Winkle tutorial for dainty hankerchiefs, the clothes pin apron and the moth sachets.

  3. What a lovely post Jes. I'm an avid stitcher, but this is such a kind reminder that sometimes those simple projects are the most appreciated and useful. Also, I think you underestimate yourself. You have a creative mind and produce beautiful things:)

  4. These are fantastic sewing projects! I like the idea of recovering the potholders! I have a few that could use that! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  5. These are all really great projects! And so so useful around the home :)

  6. Wonderful ideas. My two granddaughters would love these projects. Will make a great time to teach and talk!

  7. Thanks Jes. There are some great ideas there.

  8. What great ideas! Love idea of covering ratty pot holders! I'm just getting ready to make a new skirt for my tiny half bath sink and a valance. I've been seeing since I was a girl -- always glad I learned.

  9. Love these sewing projects :)

  10. Ah, what a delightful post of pretty sewing projects, sewing quotes and ideas! Thank you for sharing, dear JES! You've inspired me to keep busy at my sewing machine! {{Smiles}}I detested sewing until I turned 14 and decided to make something for my mother...the rest is history ~ couldn't believe I had missed out on so much!
    Have a wonderful summer and blessings to you always!

  11. Great ideas. I love simple :-) My kids enjoyed making simple napkins

  12. What lovely projects! Thank you for sharing them at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  13. Great projects! You always show the prettiest things. Life has accelerated so much here that I almost never sew anymore... and I used to sew a lot. Great post. :)

  14. I never learned how to sew with a machine; will any of these work with hand sewing?


    1. I don't see why not! The coasters will work better to hand sew if you use regular fabric (and not oil cloth)... the rest should be fine providing the stitches are smaller and sturdy :)