Congratulations on your decision to start learning how to sew
The easiest project to start learning how to make could be a pillow or even a little girl’s simple skirt. If you have never sewn anything before you want to read the sewing pattern instructions and found out what type of fabric you need plus all the necessary notions for your project.
Thread to match your fabrics color
Anything else listed on the pattern
A basic sewing machine
To begin getting everything set up you want to make yourself familiar with your sewing machine. You will want to find the fabric and material requirements from your patterns so you can purchase the correct amount. To prevent fabric shrinkage, prewash your fabric, especially pure cotton or cotton/mixes. If you do not prewash certain fabrics that you do not know the quality of yet you might end up with less fabric than what your pattern calls for and which is especially bad, with ill fitting clothes because they might shrink in the wash.
Once that is completed you want to prepare your fabric which should be pre-washed and dried and pressed! Find the cutting information from your instructions and double check the size, dimensions etc. before cutting into your fabric. Here is a great tip to keep in mind for all future projects: measure twice, cut once!
If your pattern comes with pattern pieces, place those onto your fabric and pin them in place. Look for a layout instruction page to show you how to lay out your pieces on the fabric. Once you have them pinned you can start to cut out your fabric with your scissors.
Follow the instructions and take your time:
On most sewing patterns you will find contact information such as an email address or website that you can contact to get help, should you get stuck. Your local fabric store is also a great place to get further information or even tips from their trained staff. It is also highly recommended to do a quick internet search on a specific topic for a sewing step. Many sites such as sewing or craft blogs offer great tutorials. Once you have completed your first sewing project you will be amazed by how quick and easy it came together. If it was a piece of clothing for your special little one you will be proud to have made it yourself!