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Simple Sewing Projects for Beginners

with Susan Beal

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About The Class

fun and functional handmade projects.

Are you intimidated by your sewing machine? Don't be! Join experienced sewist Susan Beal as she guides you through the basics of sewing, including using straight stitches, zigzag stitches, simple appliqué, and easy binding.

Using simple projects in kid's sizes, Susan will teach you to customize t-shirts, create simple tote bags, reusable napkins, and more! You'll learn tricks that the experts use to create their own contrasting binding tape, how to sew on a variety of fabrics, and how to incorporate snaps and eyelets into your projects.

If you're a beginning sewer this course will give you clear, easy-to-follow ideas and inspiration for projects that tap into your family’s creative spirit.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    T-Shirt Appliqué Prep

    27:26
  2. 02

    Basic Stitching: Satin & Zig Zag

    21:16
  3. 03

    Adding an Appliqué to Your Shirt

    42:01
  4. 04

    Backpack: Rainbow Appliqué Prep

    26:58
  5. 05

    Building the Fabric Rainbow

    16:12
  6. 06

    Zig Zag Stitch: Layered Rainbow

    19:46
  7. 07

    Creative Kids Clothing: Simple Skirts

    36:32
  8. 08

    Adding Binding Tape to a Skirt

    25:39
  9. 09

    Adding Elastic Waste Band to the Skirt

    27:58
  10. 10

    Easy Superhero Cape

    22:56
  11. 11

    Embellishing Your Cape

    35:15
  12. 12

    Basting the Cape

    20:26
  13. 13

    Oil Cloth Lunch Tote Prep

    29:13
  14. 14

    Sewing Oil Cloth Lunch Tote

    30:01
  15. 15

    Building the Lunch Tote Body

    21:14
  16. 16

    Adding Pearl Snaps & Eyelets

    29:00
  17. 17

    Creating Unique Cloth Napkins

    42:27
  18. 18

    Prepping Images for Art Tote

    32:25
  19. 19

    Creating Denim Frame Around Images

    23:49
  20. 20

    Patching Together the Art Tote Bag

    29:04
  21. 21

    Creating Box Corners on the Tote

    26:14
  22. 22

    Adding Lining & Handles

    24:05
  23. 23

    Oil Cloth Art Folder

    30:49

Meet Your Expert

Susan Beal

Susan Beal is a craft writer and teacher in Portland, Oregon and the author of seven books, including Hand-Stitched Home, Sewing for all Seasons, Modern Log Cabin Quilting, Bead Simple, and Button It Up. She’s also the historian for the ... read more

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  • Amanda Siska

    Amanda Siska

    September 2014

    Susan's projects were the best introduction to sewing I could have hoped for! I wasn't able to watch every project, but the ones I saw were simple, VERY clearly explained, and perfect for a beginning seamstress like myself. I'd never used binding tape before, or elastic, but now I'm confident about making my own binding tape and adding elastic waistbands to pretty much anything. I was immediately inspired to make a few skirts for myself after watching the simple children's skirt in this course, and I'm planning to make cloth napkins and an oilcloth lunch sack as well. I wish I'd gotten to see the applique portion, so I think I'll have to purchase the course in order to see that part. I'm positive that it will be just what I need to learn the process! I see that the previous reviewer was disappointed by the lack of diversity of crafts for this course, but I find that the name "Simple Sewing Projects for Beginners" was completely accurate for what it was. Perhaps it was categorized in a craft category, which would still seem applicable. I think it was advertised as having back to school projects to make for your kids, which is an even more detailed description of the course, since it includes clothing for boys and girls, as well as a lunch tote, cloth napkin, cape, and maybe more things I missed. Overall, this was my first Creative Live experience, and I was blown away by how informative and fun it was to watch!

  • user-c76ced

    September 2014

    What a great class! Susan does a fabulous job explaining each project and is great at giving you a heads up on what issues you might face with each project. I've now made two applique projects with another in the works. I've also made two of the girls skirts. Susan gave me the confidence to try and I am really happy with the results. Hope to try the binding tape soon. Thanks for offering this video.

  • Creativelive Student

    August 2014

    I must admit, I didn't watch the entire class. But from what I did see, this did not seem like a Craft Idea course. It is mainly sewing, quilting and other needle/thread items. Crafting is not only sewing!! I love to craft and was disappointed to see this limited to sewing. Again, I didn't watch the entire video so perhaps I am mistaken. But I just wanted to give my comment, in case I don't watch more... Thanks for a great site!!!

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