Good Monday Morning to you!

Over on The Welcoming House Facebook page we have been chatting about new skills and things people would like to learn this year. As a practical person, who has learned a lot in the last five + years on this journey, I was eager to listen to everyone and put my two cents in.

What does that mean for you?

I am so glad you asked. 🙂

This means that every month for the next 12 months we are going to be covering a new skill for you to learn, every Monday through Friday, or as needed.  I want us to finish out this year ahead ready and equipped to do many things we were not able to do before, and I hope you will follow right along with me as we start this journey.

Many of you commented that you wished you knew how to sew. Basic, common sewing, how to use a sewing machine, how to make something simple. So we are starting with simple this week, and each day this week will be dedicated to a new project that you can learn how to do, ending with how to make a simple patchwork quilt out of old clothing or thrift store clothing.


I think this is a skill that we have absolutely lost sight of. Imagine if something financial were to happen and you were at a place where you had to repair clothing you already had because you could not afford more right now. What about learning the same skill that many many people that have come before us have pulled from–taking larger clothes and “cutting them down” for younger people who needed them?

We really are so used to the corner store. We are used to having a large part of our budget geared towards new clothing. And there is really nothing wrong with that unless you are living outside of your means, and have no idea how to repair the clothing you have if you had to.


So here are a couple very basic videos for you today, to sit and watch, and then starting tomorrow we are going to cover a few basic sewing skills at a time, with me walking through it right along with you. My oldest daughter and I will be practicing a couple of these, and starting a jean skirt from a pair of jeans today—we will post the images tomorrow of how far we got.

I hope you are as excited as I am to walk through this small series. And I pray that even though we are equipped for the worst, we can handle it dressed in our best. 🙂

Blessings to you and yours,



Basic Hand Sewing Video Tutorials for Beginners

How to Thread a Needle and Tie a Knot

How to choose the right thread for the right project

How to sew on a button

How to fix a button hole

How to hand sew a Pillow closed

Hand Sewing Basics

How to sew Without A Machine


Basic Machine Sewing Video Tutorials for Beginners

How to Use a Sewing Machine

How to repair a hole in jeans

How to shorten jeans while keeping the original hem

How to enlarge a Tshirt to a new size up

How to enlarge a pair of jeans to another size up

How to turn a pair of jeans into a Skirt (super cute!)

How to turn a pair of Jeans into a skirt (part 2)