Sewers--do you remember the very first project you ever made?

Contributor: K101 K101
Just curious, do ya'll remember your very first sewing project? What was it and how did it turn out?

I do remember mine. I was a teenager. I sewed a little purse and pillow from strawberry shortcake fabric. Lol.

I didn't begin sewing again until a few years ago. I decided to HAND stitch a blasted big white T-shirt. It was like a XXXL men's tee and I cut it all up and sewed it to a baggy version of my size. It took me ages, but I actually still have the shirt and wear it often. I couldn't believe my hand stitches held up so long. I cut the neck out (off the shoulder style) to give it personality and dyed it hot pink!

I've not been sewing with my own machine for long, and am a very slow learner at this, but it's become a hobby. Before I got my sewing machine, I had 3 things: 1. My own two hands. 2. One of those handheld sewer thingys that do not actually work. At ALL! 3. An antique sewing machine that's that antique green color and come in a little desk thing that closes with the machine inside and looks like a regular dresser! I was my grandmothers (and I think her mother's before that) and then my mom's and my mom gave it to me. Unfortunately, it was so complicated and after getting a few minor fixes, I had too much trouble and upgraded.

I think it's interesting to hear about experiences like this. Did you teach yourself or have a loved one hand down their skills? So far, I've learned all on my lonesome. Lol. I had really wanted my mom or grandmother to spend some time with me when I first began, but they're busy little ladies.

SO, what was your first project?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
I do remember my first project I ever sewed. I will be glad to share.
SneakersAndPearls , KyotoAngel , panthercat23 , Peggi , GONE! , Cream in the Cupcake , Airen Wolf , Beck , Femme Mystique , Feisty , Lildrummrgurl7 , Kenneth Fort , Sparklegabbie , karenm
I do remember my first sewing project, but I do not have time to go into detail with you when there are points to be made!
I do not remember my first project, but I remember one of my first?
Incendiaire , sexyfun , Kenneth Fort , kdlt , friendswithfangs
I don't recall ever sewing anything, but I know I did at some point.
I am lost.
I taught myself.
SneakersAndPearls , Rawr4483 , Femme Mystique , Sparklegabbie
Someone else taught how to use a sewing machine.
SneakersAndPearls , panthercat23 , Beck , Sima-pusya , pfoof
another other?
Total votes: 29 (22 voters)
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Contributor: SneakersAndPearls SneakersAndPearls
Gather 'round, kids. It's story time.

I always wanted to sew or do something crafty when I was younger, but I had no one to teach me and my family didn't have the funds or patience to support such a hobby. I tried to do a few simple hand sewn projects, but they never turned out well because I had NO idea what I was doing.

A few years after I got married, hubs and I were in second hand store when I saw an old sewing machine from the 60's(?) that was still in excellent condition and had all its bits. Hubs, knowing that I had always wanted one, plunked down the $20. Best money we ever spent.

With no idea how to use any sort of sewing machine, we scoured the 'net for a user manual. We couldn't find one for this model, but we did find one for the next model, which was close enough to be useful. Hubs and I read through the manual as I tried to teach myself to sew.

The very first thing I tried to make on it was a set of curtains made out of a cheap material. They worked, and in fact they are still hanging up in our bedroom, but the workmanship is...questionable. Ok, bad. Very bad.

Mother-in-law came to visit from out of state and showed me a few pointers. A friend of mine gave my tips via messaging. After that, I was off to the races!

Since then, I've made purses, pants, skirts, tops, toys, quilts, dresses, aprons, and very soon I'm going to be making something called "summer slippers" which are like cloth flip flops to wear around the house.
Contributor: Incendiaire Incendiaire
I completely misread the title, and came in here half expecting to hear the tale of how Sir Joseph Bazalgette constructed the London sewer system, haha.
Contributor: KyotoAngel KyotoAngel
Yes I do remember it, like it was yesterday actually.
My mother's buddy Charles had gotten me a little kit to sew clothes for barbie dolls for my birthday when I was about 6 or 7.
I remember my mother had to help me on the first little outfit I tried (a pink dress). =3
Contributor: panthercat23 panthercat23
My first project was in home economics in middle school and I made a chocolate chip cookie pillow. I still have the pillow someplace if I look for it.
Contributor: MeliPixie MeliPixie
When I was in sixth or seventh grade I made a stuffed animal in my Home Economics class, but it wasn't my first sewing ever, my grandma used to give me cloth and buttons to play with and sew on.
Contributor: Peggi Peggi
I remember my very first, and it's one of those "cutesy stories" too!

I was about 6 years old and my mom was constantly on her sewing machine. I watched her doing it for hours at a time and was fascinated. One day, when she was in the shower, I grabbed up some material and I had begun to use a regular thread and needle by hand, and my mom saw me and asked what I was doing. I told her I wanted to make her a blanket! So she sat me on her lap (I obviously couldn't reach the pedal) and she put her hands over mine just to be sure I wouldn't get them in the way of the needle, and she helped me to sew together a full-sized blanket! It had cows and chickens on it, and I still have that blanket to this day I got to stuff it and everything! And you can see the little corner where I began sewing it by hand, because it stands out
Contributor: GONE! GONE!
It was a little pillow for a stuffed animal.
Contributor: Mirachaya Mirachaya
My first project that I remember was a stuffed orca I made in Home Ec. class in fifth grade but I always sat in the sewing room with my grandmother whom quilts for a living so I may have done smaller things earlier.
Contributor: sexyfun sexyfun
I just picked up sewing a couple of months ago. It comes so easy I think I've done it before in the past but just don't remember. I know I have owned a sewing machine before. My first project recently was a dress, it turns out though that it didn't fit me, and fit my boyfriend much better
Contributor: Midnightsun327 Midnightsun327
When I was younger, the first thing I ever sewed was a pillow case by hand. After that I spent a summer making an aplique style quilted kitchen accessory set.
A year later I made a blouse with girl scouts on the machine.
Now, as an adult I sew a lot of my own clothes, mend my son's stuff, and Hubby's, too. I love it and it is just something that never left me. So glad I learned, lol
Contributor: Cream in the Cupcake Cream in the Cupcake
The first sewing project i remember was when i was pretty young, maybe 7. My dad wasnt around much but we would occasionally see him so i would make him gifts when i was going to see him. He told me his favorite animal was a platypus so i sewed my own platypus and stuffed it with stuffing. It was purple with a yellow or orange beak and feet and it had its big beaver tail. He loved it ( of course). A couple years later I remember when he moved across the country we visited him and i remember seeing it in his room and thinking that i did a really good job making it. I love being creative, guess it starts early.
Contributor: Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Originally posted by K101
Just curious, do ya'll remember your very first sewing project? What was it and how did it turn out?

I do remember mine. I was a teenager. I sewed a little purse and pillow from strawberry shortcake fabric. Lol.

I didn't begin ...
I sewed a table cloth and napkins to match. I overcast the edges of the muslin material and then cross stitched a pattern in bright primary colors. Used it until it fell apart too!
Contributor: Beck Beck
Sewing isn't one of my skills. In junior high we had to do 3 items.

A square pillow
Boxers or pants
Personal Choice - I got a foot shaped pillow.

My square pillow was a letter L, my boxers had one leg that was longer than the other and the waist band was twisted, my foot pillow never ended up starting because I was TERRIBLE at sewing.
Contributor: Femme Mystique Femme Mystique
I was in about second grade. I hand sewed heart pillows for my teachers for Valentine's Day with my grandmother.
Contributor: Sima-pusya Sima-pusya
Someone else taught how to use a sewing machine.
Contributor: Feisty Feisty
My first sewing project was a puff quilt where my sister taught me how the basics of sewing as a young teen. As sewing became more of a hobby, I learned other sewing techniques on my own.
Contributor: Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
My first sewing project was my "quillow" (quilt that folds into a pillow) in home ec when I was in the 8th grade. Aside from that, my first sewing project at home was a produce bag I use at the farmers market.
Contributor: Gracie Gracie
My first project was an apron. I turned out great and I gave it to my Mother. Before I had children I used to make about half of my clothes! I havent used a sewing machine in 21 years!
Contributor: Boyfriend Boyfriend
Contributor: Taylor Taylor
Originally posted by Incendiaire
I completely misread the title, and came in here half expecting to hear the tale of how Sir Joseph Bazalgette constructed the London sewer system, haha.
I did too lol
Contributor: Kenneth Fort Kenneth Fort
Does sewing back together a really expensive but old coat count, lol? It looked super good, so I wanted to keep it, but kept getting a few holes in it. Stitching falling apart or something.
Contributor: Sparklegabbie Sparklegabbie
I sewed a purse out of a pair of jeans when I was a kid. It came AWESOME and I took it to school almost every day until it ripped. My second project was cooler. As an angry teenager, when my dad moved out, I sewed all his ties into a skirt. It was so neat, but super heavy.
Contributor: kdlt kdlt
I learned how to sew when I was in grade school at a little one-day session. I made some miniature pillows (size of my hand) in star, heart and circle shapes haha. They were cute! A few of my relatives still have them.
Contributor: friendswithfangs friendswithfangs
I feel like there were definitely some things when I was younger, but the thing that sticks out most in my mind is a tiny plush I made in middle school. It was just a little puff ball with some thumb tacks for eyes and a little tail, horns, and bat wings sewn into the seams.