New to Sewing, PLEASE HELP!

Jamie - posted on 03/29/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am new at the sewing thing, but I have seen beautiful patterns on various websites that I would love to use to make clothes for my children (boy age 2, boy age 3, and girl age 5). However, I have quite a few questions for you veteran crafty moms. What is a reasonable price for a yard of fabric? What types of fabric are best to use for childrens' clothing? Where can I find the best prices on fabric and patterns? Any other advice you can offer? I am also interested in learning to make other things for children such as (bibs, hairbows, diaper bags, etc.). Any information is appreciated!

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Stefie - posted on 04/01/2010

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There is so much to the world of sewing. I have never been good at being taught or following directions. I like to use patterns as a guide and then figure out what I want to do. Remember no one can fault you for sewing things your way, it is your project anyways.

Most patterns will recommend a type of fabric, how much you will need, and any notions (buttons or zippers).

I usually just buy patterns at the fabric store, you save money because you can use them many many times. I personally like to trace my patterns onto wax paper so I don't have to deal with the flimsy pattern paper. For small things, I either make up a pattern and use trial and error or look online at places like you-tube for tutorials. There are tons of free patterns out there, I got a pattern for all my newborn diapers for my baby due in May for free!!!

Fabric prices vary widely. For my toddlers princess dress I just finished I spent almost $40 on fabric, and for her day dress I made last night I spent about $3.00 at wal-mart sale fabric.

I cloth diaper my babies (well I have one and one due in a few weeks), so I like stretchy fabrics especially for bottoms. But, for nice outfits I like cottons, I have even used a old sheet to make a dress, it looks lovely.

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Karen - posted on 04/23/2011

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it's hard to say what is a reasonable price for fabric, it depends on so much. It's like asking, "How much does a house cost?" :)

Do you have a sewing machine? Sometime when you can go without your kids, go to the fabric stores in your area. Just look around, slowly. It can be overwhelming. I'd start with cottons for your kids, easy to wash. Find a pattern you like, and look for the suggested fabrics. Go find those fabrics and see what you think. sign up for their flyers, you'll get coupons. Check the remnant bins, you can get good deals there. I've been sewing for nearly 40 years, and am happy to answer any questions you have :) Karen

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