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Thread and Bobbin: Simple Sewing Projects is dedicated to inspiring new sewers and providing contemporary projects for anyone looking to make something beautiful. Easy to follow instructions combine with fabulous fabrics to inspire all.

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For a chance to win this fun and creative book, please answer the following question in the comments section below: What was your first sewing project? And was it a success?

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST). One lucky winner will be chosen.

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    Dec 21, 2012, 05.16 PMby saxysarah

    My first sewing project was a little hand sewn tote bag. I made it out of red corduroy and some quilting weight cotton straps that I stuffed with poly fill. It fell apart after a few uses but I still thought it was awesome.

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    Dec 21, 2012, 07.19 AMby Zenica-stan

    My first project was skirt,long skirt from 8 pieces and corset,of couse simple one.My teacher helped me a little bit ;)

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    Dec 21, 2012, 01.15 AMby nicsev

    my first project was too long ago to remember but it was probably a little learning to sew book that my grandma gave me where you had to follow the stitch patterns printed on the pages

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    Dec 20, 2012, 08.12 PMby yarnivore

    My first sewing project was an elastic waist skirt, which my mother INSISTED we do because it would “be easy” — even though at the time, I never wore skirts! I was so upset by the whole thing that I didn’t sew again for over 15 years — but I’ve been making up for lost time since. :D

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    Dec 20, 2012, 07.38 PMby elisabetsy

    I remember hand sewing a felt coin purse shaped like a cat. Machine sewing first project was an apron for home ec. Graduated quickly to a dress for myself! All successful because I took my time to follow the directions. I had a lot more patience than I do now as a grown-up!

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    Dec 20, 2012, 07.07 PMby bttn

    It was an embroydered pincushion for my mother, when I was a child. as a real sewing project, it was th Liz blouse, with wearable result.

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    Dec 20, 2012, 01.25 PMby downhighway61

    My first actual project was the Coffee Date Dress from Elaine May, that I got here! It was somewhat successful, much much better than I could have expected. I still don’t wear it though.

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    Dec 20, 2012, 10.43 AMby pinktulipdesigns

    My first project was a pair of shorts that we had to make in high school. It was a success thanks to the ever so patient teacher!

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    Dec 20, 2012, 02.47 AMby chelsea childress

    Sweet cover photo! I love the beauty and simplicity of the fruit. It does make me want to sew some ;) I am sure that is what they were going for.

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    Dec 20, 2012, 02.12 AMby elavale

    When I was a child I made some Barbie clothes with the help of my grandma. She was a seamstress and I really wanted to be like her! I can’t remember if it was a success but I remember it was a lot of fun.

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    Dec 20, 2012, 01.27 AMby rgramos

    My first sewing project was a small doll and doll quilt for my niece. It was a great success!

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    Dec 20, 2012, 12.25 AMby planet

    in grade school, i hand sewed a little blue mouse. i’d consider it a success as i still have it. my first machine sewn was a pair of draw string pants in home ec class in 8th grade. those weren’t a success- the crotch was so wrong.

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    Dec 19, 2012, 11.01 PMby BecsNZ

    My first sewing project was making a t-shirt and some shorts for my teddy bear. I hand sewed them as I was only little. The t-shirt worked out well, but my mum thought the shorts would be too difficult to make so she convinced me to make a skirt instead (even though my teddy was definitely a boy!). Teddy only wore the skirt for a few days but it just didn’t look right, so in the end he only wore a t-shirt. So I guess the t-shirt was a success, the skirt/shorts not so much!

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    Dec 19, 2012, 10.29 PMby MojoHollz

    So hard to remember, I am pretty sure it was Barbie clothes, yes it was. I hand sewed all kinds of clotes for my Barbies and then one day at a sleepover my friend showed me how to use her sewing machien! I was in heaven! We made Barbie beds and blakets and pillos, we had so much fun! I still remember sewing that first Barbie bed and stuffing it and thinging how awesome the sewing machien was!

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    Dec 19, 2012, 09.03 PMby taysha1128

    I made a coat for my Barbie when I was about 8-9… it was tweed with fur trim…

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    Dec 19, 2012, 08.54 PMby analialehmann

    My first sewing proyect was a beatiful sumer dress, blue with red roses.

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    Dec 19, 2012, 08.37 PMby byVA

    My first sewing project was a great “success”. I was about 10, and I was home alone only for one hour. I was known as a very good kid, and no one was thinking I could do something “creative”. So, there was TV show on some high fashion, and there was one great, fantastic bright red dress. It looks so simple and easy, and my moms new fabric just the right color, (which was, by the way, expensive italian wool bought in Trieste), was lying in her closet, waiting for, what my mam said, perfect time to be used. Of course I was sure it would be a-piece-of-a-cake for me, and I just did it. You could only imagine how the “dress” looked like. Even now, over 30 years later we both remember the event. I am complaining my mom killed all creativity in me, and she is claiming that I killed her big dream of red dress. Of course, my dad never wanted to pay for new expensive fabric :) And recently, when I told them I started to sew my father just commented: great, but don use itallian wall :).

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    Dec 19, 2012, 07.59 PMby lrm

    My first sewing project was a knotted bag/purse – I still make projects from that first basic pattern…

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    Dec 19, 2012, 06.20 PMby grammi

    My first sewing project was a dress from the fabric I got for Christmas when I was in 6th grade. We were very poor so whatever we asked for had to be good & simple, so by sewing my own clothes I could create & have things to wear. I received a small sewing box and a pattern and fabric which I still have to this day. I now sew for my grandkids & great grandbabies. I love teaching my grandkids how to sew and they are so excited to create new things for themselves.

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    Dec 19, 2012, 06.07 PMby joen

    I believe my first sewing project (aside from had sewing doll clothes) was a sun dress. And as I recall I loved it! it was navy and white ginham.

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    Dec 19, 2012, 05.17 PMby emmaneezer

    I learned to sew from blogs and Internet tutorials, and my first project was a cute little business card case :)

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    Dec 19, 2012, 05.05 PMby OwleyesX

    Hand sewn Barbie outfits made from my old clothes when I was 7 yrs old

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    Dec 19, 2012, 04.24 PMby nouvellegamine

    my first projects were evening gowns for my Barbie’s made from socks. Aaaannnnnd I guess the were successful. Barbie wore them ;)

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    Dec 19, 2012, 03.12 PMby littleharvey94

    Hmm, can’t remember my first project, but I’d imagine it would be doll clothes of some sort.

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    Dec 19, 2012, 03.06 PMby Ularie

    I don’t remember what was first one, but it’s quite safe to assume that it was some kind a dress for my teddy-bear:)

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    Dec 19, 2012, 02.48 PMby fashionfreek

    My first sewing project was a teddy bear i made at primary school. It was a lovely bear.:-D

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    Dec 19, 2012, 02.48 PMby flashabou

    I can’t even remember…I started sewing when I was 7. Probably one of those plastic cards that you make a tissue box or something like that ;-)

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