It may come as a bit of a surprise, but I’ve never taken sewing lessons. Apart from my friend helping me with my first project, I’ve learned from books, the Internet, crafty colleagues and lots of trials and errors. Some of my friends were tweeting about an online Home Ec class they were taking and I was curious, so I followed the link. The class says it’s for beginners, but there are some really cool projects using techniques I’ve been wanting to try.

home ec class patchwork pincushion

I signed up at once and promised myself I’d follow the directions for each project as they are written, because sometimes it’s a little technique for something simple that can totally change how you do things. I started the class a little late because I’ve been waiting for my daughter to go back to school. Now that I have some time to dedicate to my sewing, I’ll be cruising through the projects a little faster.

First on the list was a patchwork cushion. I followed the pattern exactly and have fallen in love with my scrap bin. Seriously, I had no idea how fun making little fabric stripes could be.

home ec class patchwork pincushion

stash: This is a great stash busting project that’s perfect for those little pieces you can’t bear to throw away. Anyone recognize the buttons?

project info: This was a bonus project, and Leigh-Ann has a tutorial posted on her blog. You should go make one, too!

class info: You can preview the class projects here and here.

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5 Responses to home ec class: patchwork pin cushion

  1. Sarah M says:

    ha! Hilarious! Don’t you love their classes? I especially love their styling. I’ve taken MANY classes from them (well, Rachel Denbow + others) before and I love them. Next up: Small Craft (child-related projects)…starts Sept 13th…you in?! :)
    Sarah M

  2. I have a stack of left over fabric that I’m going to use for pin cushions. Great idea.

  3. Anne says:

    I’d love to hear your thoughts in the online sewing course. This may be what I’m looking for – let me know what you think.

  4. […] haven’t abandoned my home ec class. I keep looking at the projects hoping to steal a bit of time here and there to finish up some more […]

  5. Hobbysew says:

    Hi, Julie you are a Good Creative girl without any sewing classes your work is very nice. You Sew it perfectly . I Love it..