Learning to Sew? - A Beginners Guide to get you Started

Posted by Amy Whiting on

Here we've outlined the steps from which equipment & tools you'll need, to how you decide what size pattern to buy. We'll show you how to choose your fabric, & prepare it for sewing. 

Essential Sewing Tools & Equipment

Sewing Equipment & Tools 

Step 1. Get the right gear
Here's our list of essential equipment & tools that you'll need to get you sewing in a snap. We've broken our equipment & tools list down into 3 categories:
1. The first being the essentials for printing & assembling your PDF pattern.
2. Essentials for sewing your garment
3. Our nice-to-have list of tools you can gather over time to make your sewing experience more streamlined. You can improvise with a lot of sewing tools in the meantime. I think I used a lead pencil instead of tailors chalk for the fist 10 years of my sewing life!

Step 2. Work out what pattern size you need
Its rare that anybody is truly a standard size & shape. Because children's bodies have not yet developed into mature figures with curves and bumps, fitting children's clothing is far simpler than fitting an adults form. Take all your child's measurements & match them to the size indicated on our sizing guide chart to find the size pattern you are going to download.

Step 3. Choose your pattern
This is for me at least, where the fun really starts with sewing. Let your creative mind imagine what a garment could look like in a printed, plain or textured fabric. Choose the pattern you would like to create, & download the pattern.

Step 4. Buy your fabric
Follow the fabric guide on your pattern & select a fabric that you love. If you have an old garment that you've tucked away because you can't bare to throw it out. Pull it out & see if you can cut a pattern off of it.

Step 5. Prepare your fabric
It is really important that you pre shrink your fabric before sewing. This is especially important with fabrics that are made from natural fibres. You'll see exactly how to do this at the bottom of our fabric guide page.

Essential tools & supplies, for printing & assembling your pattern

Essential tools & supplies, for printing & assembling your pattern

Step 6. Print & assemble your PDF pattern
Once you've selected a pattern. Download, print & assemble your pattern.

Step 7. Cut paper pattern to size & transfer pattern markings onto fabric
Cut your Pattern and Cloth paper pattern to the size you require. Lay pattern pieces on your fabric as shown in your instructions. Transfer all markings onto fabric with your air-erasable pen/tailors chalk. Cut out fabric around pattern pieces.

Step 8. Sew
Take a deep breath & plunge right in. Get sewing & most of all, enjoy!

Shopping List

Need to purchase some equipment & tools before you get sewing? Click here for a shopping list to get you started.

Enjoy Sewing!

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