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Learn Easy Sewing Skills: Simple Steps for 11 Sunny Projects

Learn Easy Sewing Skills: Simple Steps for 11 Sunny Projects

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Learn Easy Sewing Skills: Simple Steps for 11 Sunny Projects

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Sep 1, 2014


Want to watch something wonderful take shape? Grab a front row seat at your sewing machine and observe as clever pot holders and stylish totes nearly magically appear at your fingertips. Having fun and learning to sew go hand in hand thanks to Lorine Mason's Learn Easy Sewing Skills. Start at the very beginning with basic explanations and easy practice exercises. Then conjure up any of 11 show-stopping kitchen projects. Your family and friends will be amazed at your enchanting sleight of hand.
Sep 1, 2014

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Lorine Mason is a freelance product concept designer, a project designer, and an author. She works with manufacturers and/or retailers in the development of new product lines. She specializes in the design of product and kits for the sewing and craft industries as well as seasonal decorations. Introducing new ideas for existing products is another of her specialties. She currently holds the licenses for two craft and sewing products.

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Pattern Services and Revisions

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To download templates for easy printing, view the download instructions at the end of this book or click the Templates chapter in the Table of Contents.


My mother sewed mostly from necessity, as our family was large and she needed to make every dollar count. She sewed items for the house and outfits for herself, my sister and me. They were not fancy, but I know they were most certainly sewn with love.

The first time I ever really paid attention to my mother’s sewing was when I was 7 years old and a young lady from a neighboring farm asked Mom for help with a cowboy-style shirt. The fabric she was using was the prettiest shade of turquoise I had ever seen.

While the color of the shirt was certainly what drew me in, I was fascinated by the fact that someone was asking Mom for help with sewing. Didn’t everyone’s mother know how to sew?

As I grew older, Mom showed me the basics of her sewing machine, and I made a few dresses and shirts for myself as well as some doll clothes. In the process, I found my passion.

This book is for anyone and everyone who wants to learn the basics of sewing while creating fun projects through the combination of interesting fabric print and color combinations.

Each project in this book is designed to introduce a new technique while utilizing newly mastered skills from the previous project.

I hope you enjoy this book and make good use of your new skills, planning sewing projects and making them pretty with confidence.


Meet the Designer

A passion for sewing and an eye for detail are the cornerstones of Lorine Mason’s professional life.

An accomplished project designer, she is also the author of 12 crafting and sewing books, as well as the designer behind three pattern lines which are published under the name Lorine Mason Designs. She is also a licensed product designer.

Lorine currently writes the Sewing Savvy newsletter found at, as well as a personal blog available at

She lives in Virginia with her husband, Bill.

Table of Contents

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Can-Do Dishcloth

Blue Ribbon Tea Towel

Sitting Pretty Shelf & Drawer Liners

Short & Sweet Apron

Smart Cookie Pot Holder

Eat-Dessert-First Place Mat

Runway Table Runner

Dirndl Skirt Kitchen Towel

To Market, to Market Produce Bag

Soft Spot Drying Mat

Baker’s Dozen Tote Bag

The Basics of Sewing

The Basics of Sewing

Interested in learning how to sew? Lucky you! You have come to exactly the right place to get started. After reviewing the basics and getting to know your machine, you will be ready to make a kitchen full of snappy accessories.

Getting to Know Your Sewing Machine

Whether you have a machine with manual controls or a top-of-the-line computerized machine, begin by reading through your sewing machine manual to become familiar with the basics of using your personal machine.

•Familiarize yourself with your machine’s basic parts and all the attachments that are included with your machine. Learn how to connect your machine to a power supply and the foot control.

•Explore any built-in extras your machine may have, such as: a needle-down function that allows you to stop your machine with the needle in the down position each time, or an automatic thread cutter and backstitch at the end of a seam.

•Discover how to adjust stitch length and change needle position, and how to adjust and change presser feet on your machine.

•Learn and practice loading bobbins, inserting the bobbins into the machine, and threading your machine and needle.

•Explore all attachments that came with your machine. Your manual will give you instructions on how to add individual attachments to

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