Learn to Sew: How to Read a Sewing Pattern

Word combos. So. Much. Fun!

This one brings a smile to my face and I honestly wish I would’ve thought of it.


Isn’t it perfect?!

Well, today’s Learn to Sew class is all about the SEWCABULARY you need to know in order to read a pattern and make your sewing adventure much more fun.


It seems like it would be simple to just follow the instructions, but reading pattern directions can be a bit like reading a foreign language if you don’t know where to start and some of the sewing vocabulary.


Click here or on one of the pictures for the free sewing class that you can access any time and as many times as you’d like.




Don’t miss the rest of the new Learn to Sew series:

Read Part 1: Essential Sewing Tools

Read Part 2: Basic Sewing Machine Stitches

Read Part 3: Choosing Patterns and Fabrics

Read Part 4: How to Mark the Fabric Before You Cut

Read Part 5: How to Read a Sewing Pattern

For your chance to win a $100.00 gift card to Joann’s Fabric and Crafts, simply click on the links and share them to one of your Pinterest boards and make a comment. Each time you do this, your name will be entered in the drawing. Thank you for helping me get the word out about this new class. 🙂

For more sewing and refashioning inspiration:

Upcycled Denim Easter Basket


About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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9 Responses to Learn to Sew: How to Read a Sewing Pattern

  1. Mother Deer says:

    Hi Beth, The Reading a Pattern link points to the pattern marking post from last week. Thought that you would want to know 🙂

  2. fran.siejk12w says:

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab®4

  3. SewGiddy says:

    These are GREAT tutorials! I bought a sewing machine because I decided I was going to learn to sew…then read, and read, and watched YouTube, and read some more – trying things as I went. In case you’re wondering, I did read the owners manual for my sewing machine too – because I had no idea how to even thread the thing! For someone like me, this kind of info is invaluable! Thanks for posting to take the frustration out of the learning curve so more people will fall in love with sewing the way I have!

    • Awwwwwww! Thanks! That is exactly why I put this series together. I wanted to help make the learning curve a little easier. Your comment really brightened my day! PS> I love your name: SewGiddy it’s Sew Cute!

  4. missmarys says:

    Beth, I’m linking to your Learning to Sew Series. I thought it was great. I’ve had so many people ask if I teach sewing and this is great. (So many of them are first time Grandmas with the time to do it.) The post will be tomorrow at 10am central.

  5. Courtney says:

    I “sew” needed this (see what I did there?) 😉 I am terrrrrrible at rewarding sewing patterns! I have always been convinced if I could I would have an amazing wardrobe. 😉 thanks so much for sharing!

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