Day 1: Welcome to 31 Days of Sewing School

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The following is the original blog post that began this series. 

I was absolutely blown away by the number of comments from you all when I announced our upcoming series and asked what you wanted to learn. It seems like getting back to our handmade roots and getting in touch with our own creativity is on a lot of your minds (mine, too!).

Throughout this series, I will do my best to touch on what I feel knowledgable enough about and what many of you are interested in. You can bet I’ll be calling my mom in for backup and you might even get to virtually meet her in a vlog or two this fall.

While September was apparently National Sewing Month, I was in the middle of packing and moving last month. And when I remembered about Nester’s 31 days challenge, I knew that postponing Sewing School until October was the right thing to do.

So this month, you will get a dose of Sewing School each day. If that seems overwhelming, don’t worry, I’ll keep a running list, here on this page, where you can always access all of the posts from the series, to pin or bookmark to come back to later. You can subscribe by RSS or email so you don’t miss a post!

So without further adieu, welcome to Sewing School, and let’s get stitching! Are you excited?!


Nicole lives near the beach in Southern California with her husband and three young kiddos. She writes a a lifestyle blog about creativity, family life, community, and all sorts of other fun stuff, and also keeps a homeschool journal called The Bennettar Academy. Her most recent (free!) ebook is about why and how to make more time for reading.

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  1. I’m super excited! Thanks for including some hand sewing basics. I’m determined to make that little chick family ; ) Maybe your series will make me feel brave enough to invest in a simple sewing machine!

  2. I’m excited to see what new tricks I can learn!

  3. Darlene R says:

    Yeah! Let’s start!

  4. I’m hoping you’ll touch on some basic mending, too. I remember my mom mending things by hand as well as machine, and I like the idea of doing that.
    Looking forward to this!

  5. How Wonderful!
    I agree with Jen above. A mending post would be great. I have lots of clothes and blankets that are unusable and cannot bring myself to throw out.

    I’d like to learn my hand instead of machine though. This way, my girls and I can sit around while we all mend our things… just like in the old days.
    I remember sitting around the fire with my grandma in Mexico while she mended. If only I’d payed attention.

    Thank you for doing this series! I’m so excited!

    • I don’t have mending scheduled in, but I would be happy to cover it in the future! 🙂 I love the idea of everyone sitting around and mending together, too. How much more motivated I would be if it was a community activity… hmmm.

  6. Oh, I am SOOO excited! Got a sewing machine last week, and appart from straight lines, I have no idea of what to do! Looking forward to this!

  7. I’m excited! I have only done a little sewing in my life, but am eager to learn more!

    Thank you!

  8. What a great idea. I look forward to following along! Thanks!

  9. What a wonderful idea! I won’t be sewing along with you this month, but I will be checking in to see some of your lessons, and bookmarking for a later date. My 11 year old daughter is wanting to spend time learning more at the sewing machine later this winter. We may work through your lessons together.

    • That’s perfect– just what I was hoping that some people would do, have it as a resource to come back to you. I will have a link in the sidebar eventually that will link to all the posts!

  10. I found you at The Nesting Place. I’m truly looking forward to your lessons this month.

  11. What supplies will I need?

  12. I’m really excited about this! And I agree with the other commenters that said they want to learn about mending. I could really use some tips in that area.

  13. How fun! I only know how to sew on a basic button. This is sad because my mom used to be a seamstress. I really want to learn how to use a sewing machine by next year sometime. Looking forward to what you have to share. 🙂

  14. I just came across your blog and I’m so happy that I have! I’m very excited about this and look forward to reading future posts. 🙂

  15. I’m really excited! My sewing skills are very, very rusty, and were pretty rudimentary to begin with. I’ve spent the last year learning and growing my skills in cooking, growing my own food, homemade beauty, homemade cleansers…So excited to add this to my list of skills!

  16. I’m excited to follow along for the month of sewing. I’ve been meaning to purchase a machine since my birthday (in July…), but am slightly overwhelmed at all of the different, seemingly good options.

    Will you be offering suggestions on types of machines to buy or what to look for in a machine? Would love to pull the trigger and get to sewing! 🙂

  17. I stumbled upon this 31 days series and I think this is one AWESOME idea! Thank you and I’ll be checking in daily!!

  18. May I make a suggestion? When you get a new machine, find/make some time to go through your sewing machine manual and try the different techniques and stitches. Make little samples and tape them right into the book with the instructions. Later – you will remember doing those things and have an easy reference and visual to what it looks like. I know it takes time which few of us have extra of. But take one day of Facebook time….and you’ll find you’ll use the investment of your sewing machine much more completely.

  19. Nice to be here and see your post!

  20. How fun! I’m very excited about this and look forward to reading future posts. 🙂

  21. Awesome. Just stumbled upon you yesterday, and I have read trough your entire sewing school. Thank you, this has been extremely helpful!

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