If you are just starting to learn sewing, you might not be quite ready to go out and buy a lot of tools or materials. But this shouldn’t stop you from creating some cool looking projects and practicing your skills.
I came up with a very simple project for you to follow-along; a sewing machine straight stitch/hand embroidery project. This tutorial is really for beginners, but you can certainly do it if you are an advanced sewer too!
This tutorial was originally published on our YouTube channel. You can view it with the embedded video below, or by opening it up on YouTube. Pictures for this entire post has been taken directly from the video, so quality might not look as sharp as our normal pictures.
What You Will Need
For this project you will need the following items:
- Sewing machine with unthreaded sewing machine needle;
- Our project templates (free download from our store page);
- Printer paper;
- Heavier weight paper or cardboard or fabric with interfacing applied;
- Embroidery/crochet floss (ideal) or sewing machine thread;
- Embroidery needle (ideal) or sewing needle;
- Frame (if you wish to frame and hang).
Step 1: Print and Prepare Your Template
If you haven’t already, you can download our free printable template from our store. This includes a number of cool shapes and letters that are perfect for this project:
Of course, you can make your own. I would love to see what you make!
If you are just wanting to practice your stitching, the printer paper is fine. However, if you want to do the embroidery project then you will find that printer paper is too likely to crease and rip. This is why I recommended using heavier weight paper (such as watercolour paper) or cardboard. Of course you can also transfer your pattern onto fabric as well; in this case I suggest a heavier weight fabric such as canvas or even cheap muslin.
The simplest way to do this is to shade the back in with a dark graphite/lead pencil, then trace the outlines on the front.
Step 2: Sew!
Make sure that your sewing machine does not have any thread on it. In this step you will quite simply sew along any of the lines that you previously traced. I put the stitch length to about 2.5mm, as I found it had a nicer look for the finished product.
Step 3: Thread
As you would with any embroidery project, thread your needle with several strands of thread. If you are using standard sewing machine thread, I have a great tip in the video on how to thread multiple strands to make it thicker.
Simply stitch in and out of the holes on your template, crisscrossing over each strand as much as desired. You can stitch back through the same holes as many times as you want.
The reason that the sewing machine makes this project so successful is that it makes very even holes for stitching. You won’t have any sparse areas that look unsightly and bare when finished. Just keep stitching until you have reached a finished poster.
As you can see in the photo above I am close to finishing (I paused to take a photo).
Did you try out this project? We would love to see your first sewing attempts. Let us know what you think!