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Does anyone have a good suggestion for a beginning project?
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Date: 8/30/13 9:21 AM

I want to start heirloom sewing, but I'm at a standstill.... Can't find the best beginning project..... Any ideas?

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Date: 8/30/13 9:30 AM

Do you want to sew for a child or yourself?

(A baby bonnet is a great beginner project but no sense recommending it if you have no plans to sew for babies!)

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Date: 8/30/13 11:38 AM

I cannot recommend any particular item, but can recommend a great book - this one helped me learn several techniques, particularly how to use the elusive rolled hem foot.

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Date: 8/30/13 9:04 PM

what kind of heirloom sewing do u plan on doing? i want to do heirloom sewing on doll clothes. not adults, not children, not home dec.. once you know your target, i think finding a first project would be fairly easy.
why stitch up something u have no interest in?

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Date: 8/30/13 9:46 PM

You should check with Martha Pullen and some of her kits, books and magazines.
Here is a bonnet kit that looks like it would cover many good techniques.
Also a pillow case would be a great project to start with trying different techniques and they would in turn make a fantastic wedding gift.
Our local sewing machine dealers also offer classes on learning heirloom sewing and Martha Pullen's Sew Beautiful magazines also have tons of idea's, directions and patterns for heirloom sewing.

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Date: 8/31/13 5:47 AM

I've seen patterns for adult gowns, but these techniques can be used on almost any pattern especially those w/ an inset bodice or cuffs or hem...pillows of course, pillowcases (as mentioned), placemats, skirts (hems, pockets, etc), simple tank tops, headbands, slips. It'd be fun to just take a good sized piece of fabric using a couple of new-to-you techniques and and incorporate it later in a garment or home-dec project. i intend to do something similar that I will later cut up and use in my quilts.

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Date: 8/31/13 8:18 AM

I have dabbled I heirloom sewing through Martha Pullen classes. A doll dress is an excellent place to start or a small bag. DVDs are available at Martha Pullen Store online.

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Date: 8/31/13 9:36 AM

Thank you all! I have two boys ( not babies anymore :0( 4 and 9) so I was kind of thinking either a home dec something or a little girls starter dress that I could put up for sale at a consignment store or something else... I've been studying martha pullen's site etc so I think I can do it.... Maybe a pillow?

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Date: 8/31/13 9:38 AM

Thanks for all the help! Beth

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Date: 8/31/13 9:40 AM

Google pillow case dress, they are so easy to make and would be perfect for heirloom techniques. Pretty much multi-sized and I think would be a great seller.....easy to make!

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