I talked about my sewing table makeover a few weeks back (you can check it out here if your interested) and since then I've been super excited to get going on a simple but cute sewing project...one that would help me gain some confidence in the sewing department and so, I endeavored a rag quilt. I opted to do strips of fabric as my first one not only because I thought it seemed a little easier but I think they are really cute. So if you are new to sewing and are looking for a good place to start--this is it!! Here is my rag quilt tutorial:
In order to take on a project such as this--or any sewing project probably, you will need these basic tools: a rotary cutter, a long cutting ruler, and a cutting mat (there is probably fancy, more accurate names for these things but I think you'll get the jest). You might be able to get by without them, but honestly, I don't really know how! To me, they are a necessity!! Lucky for me, my mom sews and forewarned me about this and even got me the mat and rotary cutter for my birthday!! Thanks mom!!
Now, while I did my cutting I placed two of the same material (backs to backs) on top of each other--this way, when I was cutting through them, I got a two for one deal. This made it easier because I wanted the same pattern on front and back and so when I laid them down they were already front and back ready. Hopefully that made sense--here is a picture below of the front and back so that you can kind of see what I mean:
After your placement is all good to go, get your sewing machine out and ready and let the fun begin!! Doesn't my new sewing machine look BEAUTIFUL on my refurbished sewing table?? LOVE IT!!
I did have to re-thread my machine--which meant getting out my book and figuring it all out all over again. Remember, I did say I was a super newbie at this, and I meant it!! It was good practice for me though--if I really want to know what I am doing, I can't be scared of stuff like threading my needle and my bobbin (which I had to do during this project as well)! And yes, I did take a picture of me threading my needle--I'm hoping that one day I can look back at this and laugh at my novice sewing days--when I am a PRO of course!!
Now, onto the sewing--make sure that you put the two back sides of two different strips together when you are sewing! On my project, it didn't really matter because I went the easy route and made the back and front the same. But, if you are more daring than I and want a definite front and back be careful to place back sides together before sewing.
Here is my project after I have put a few of the panels together-
And an after shot of it as well:
Now, the sewing is COMPLETE--but you are far from done!!
LOOK--I finally finished all the cutting!! Phew!!!