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Learn to Sew – Project #1 (Lesson 1)

Hello everyone!  Yaaaaay!  It’s time to sew!  I’m super excited about teaching you the basics of sewing.  I absolutely LOVE what I do, and having an opportunity to share it with others is a great blessing for me.  Below you’ll find the first video: Learn to Sew – Project #1 (Lesson 1).  This video will also be posted on the “Learn to Sew” page of this Blog later.  Therefore, if you ever need to find a video from the course, you can go directly to that page and follow the titles.


When planning for your project, please avoid fabrics with STRIPES, PLAIDS, and ONE WAY DIRECTION PRINTS!!!  These types of fabrics require advanced skill for layout and cutting.  (One way direction fabric has a design that points in one direction.  For example: if you choose a fabric with butterflies and they are all printed onto the fabric in one direction, that fabric will require matching.  In the same way, avoid THIN KNITS (they may cause you problems in the beginning).  Also, make sure you PURCHASE AN EXTRA 1/2 YARD OF FABRIC for this project.

Project Pattern

We will be using Butterick 4686 for our first project.

PDF Pocket Pattern Piece

Here is the PDF pocket pattern piece that you will hear about in the video.  You can print it onto regular copy paper.  You will need this piece if you wish to add pockets to your design.  PDF Pocket Pattern Piece

Lesson 1 – Video Corrections

Because the text overlays are not visible for those viewing the video from mobile devices, I want to list here what you missed.

  1. Measurements: (@ 01:27.00) Wear undergarments when taking measurements.
  2. Fabric Yardage: (@ 07:59.0) YARD (not inches)
  3. Supplies: (@ 09:13.0) All supplies may be purchased online also.
  4. Store: (@ 11:23.4) We’re in the “FABRIC” section.
  5. Fabric: (@ 12:21.0) Purchase extra fabric (1/4 -1/2 yard)
  6. Fabric: (@ 13:16.0) Purchase extra fabric (1/4 -1/2 yard)
  7. Fabric: (@ 15:37.1) Also avoid “thin” knit fabrics. They will frustrate you in the beginning.
  8. Fabric: (@ 17:22.1) “Lay” out

I wish you much success as you begin your sewing journey.  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!


Start the Course Here

I suggest you watch the entire video before purchasing your fabric and notions.

Beginner’s Sewing Course – Project #1 – Lesson 1

Inspiration Photos Below

To give you an idea of what the finished project will look like, here are several photos of the ones I’ve made already.  It’s your turn!  Have fun with it!

My Fabric Choices:

  • Red/White Polka Dot = 100% Cotton (Quilting Section @ JoAnn’s)
  • Yellow Floral = 100% Cotton (Quilting Section @ JoAnn’s)
  • Blue/Black Dotted = Medium Weight Knit (Michael Levine Loft) 

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All Photos Courtesy of CEMO!


Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Tamanika Shedwin

    So grateful for you I could cry. I wish you were around when I first began my sewing journey. Your lessons are essential for any new sewer. My 14yr old neice expressed a desire to learn to sew and I had 1 response, Anita By Design! Thank you so much for all your hard work. Many blessings to you.

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh Tamanika, thank you so much! I’m so glad you find the tutorials helpful. You just put a huge smile on my face.

  2. Sandra

    Yay!!! You look gorgeous darl. 😉 Found you on Pinterest and all I can say you have a new fan here. can’t wait to share this course to my family and friends.

    1. Anita Morris

      AWESOME! Thank you so much Sandra!

  3. Ro Stevens

    Thank you so much. Love the look of the skirt and can’t wait to start. I have just done an apron that came out…okay but need more help. Thanks for this class. Be blessed

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Ro! You’re welcome, and I’m so excited to have you join the class. Welcome to the journey!

  4. Liz

    Love the skirts can’t wait to get started. I shared your site with my sister, her girlfriend and three of my friends. All are planning to sew with you. Liz

    1. Anita Morris

      Ooooh Liz! Thank you so much for sharing! I’m excited for you all. See you on Friday!

  5. Joy

    Hi Anita,
    I’ve watched the current video three times and each time I find new information. I have taken to keeping a notes folder. Such GREAT and COMPLETE information. Can I say EXCITED! Thank you so much. Oh, a quick request/questions.. can you include the pattern number and company name on your blog in the future? When I am at work and cannot watch the video I can at least pull up the pattern and get the information, so if I want to stop on my way to pick up the pattern or such for online fabric I can. Thank you for even considering this request.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Joy! Thank you so much for that suggestion. I will definitely include the pattern information in the blog posts in the future to make it easier for you all. I’ve added it to this post as well. I appreciate your feedback, and your excitement makes me smile. I’m glad you enjoyed the first video. See you on Friday!

  6. JC

    Correction: I’m going to watch the full video as you suggested and if the fabric I currently have doesn’t work, then I’ll get whatever you recommend. 🙂

  7. JC

    Hello, it’s JC. Thanks so much for posting. I have most of supplies and most likely have fabric in storage. It’s almost midnight here so I’ll be watching the vid tomorrow. :-). Thanks so much for doing this!

  8. kimberly g

    I can’t wait to start making this skirt. I already order the things need to make them. I am ready for next week

    1. Anita Morris

      Awesome Kimberly! I’m so glad to have you join me, and I’m very excited about this course!

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