Thinking of taking up sewing, but not sure where to start? We’re here to help get you started in no time, with our handy beginner’s guide!
Sew Over It was born out of Lisa’s passion for sewing, and we honestly can’t think of a more relaxing and rewarding pastime! Read on to learn how to sew with our video classes, choose simple sewing patterns to get started and buy gorgeous fabrics that are easy to sew with.
Let’s get started! Over on Stitch School, our online class platform, we’ve got a whole host of easy-to-follow classes and tutorials to help you learn to sew without working up a sweat!
How to Thread a Sewing Machine
Threading a sewing machine may seem like a huge challenge when you first begin sewing, but it doesn’t have to stress you out! Follow Lisa’s tutorial on how to thread your sewing machine and you’ll be doing it like a pro in no time!
We’d love for you to start your sewing journey as a member of Stitch School and our Intro to Sewing class is a great place to begin! By the time you’ve finished the class, you’ll have made a simple cushion cover, a lined toiletries bag and some simple pyjamas bottoms! Then when you’re ready, you’ll be armed with the confidence and know-how to get stuck into our Intro to Dressmaking and start stitching together your own handmade wardrobe!
Classes are included as part of Stitch School subscriptions as well as one-off classes which can be bought separately. You’ll get access to learn online 24/7 so that you can fit sewing around your busy schedule, from wherever you are in the world. Click here to find out more.
If you’re brand new to sewing, you may want to begin with some super simple beginner patterns before diving into making your own clothes. Here are our top sewing patterns to get you started – and each one comes with optional fabric kits to take the guesswork out of choosing the right fabric!
Sew a Face Covering
Face coverings have become the new normal, and for optimum comfort and style, we highly recommend making your own! They’re also a great beginner make and so easy that you’ll be sewing them for all of your friends and family in no time! Watch Lisa’s step-by-step instructions over on YouTube in our recent sewalong.
Need a bit of help choosing fabric? Why not get one of our Face Covering kits instead? You’ll get the fabric and elastic sent to you in the post, and the PDF pattern emailed directly to you. Plus, £2 from every kit will be donated to the charity, Mind.
Sew a Drawstring Bag
This quick and easy Drawstring Bag is not only a great place to start, but a useful item to own! Handy as a child’s PE kit, food storage bags for potatoes and onions, or as sustainable gift bags, or why not make one for yourself to keep special items in check? Grab some extra tips by watching our recent live sewalong, as Lisa guides you through the process.
We’ve put together some cute fabric choices to get you started, simply order one of our kits and we’ll send you the fabric and piping cord in the post, and the PDF pattern by email straight away.
Sew a Headscarf
It has a simple construction, wide panel across the head, long ties for beautiful detail and a hidden covered elastic section to keep the headscarf fitting snugly whilst you’re wearing it. We recommend choosing a soft cotton lawn for a nice and easy sew!
We know all too well that choosing a suitable fabric for your project can be a bit daunting at first, so we’re here to make it easy for you! We’ve put together a round up of the best fabric for beginner makes, to get you started without any hesitation!
We’re so excited to get to know you and find out how your first foray into the sewing world is going! That’s why we’re inviting you to join us over on our social media channels for speedy beginner makes, and more.
Are you a busy bee with little time to sew? After a simple project you can follow along one lunchtime? Every Thursday over on Instagram’s IGTV, Lisa is sharing a super speedy and beginner-friendly make, which you can sew up whenever you have a spare hour or so! Head on over to Instagram to check out the latest in our series of weekly Lunchtime Makes!
Now that you’ve caught the sewing bug and are well on your way to stitching up your own wardrobe, we’d love to welcome you into our sewing family! Join our mailing list in order to save 10% on your first order and stay up-to-date with all of our latest tips and tricks to help you on your sewing journey.