I have always wanted to learn to sew. In the past I have managed to make a few pillows, a skirt for a Sacagawea costume and a shirt for a Meriweather Lewis costume (or was it Clark? I can't really remember). In other words, I could sew a seam, but not really follow a pattern.
When we pulled the Christmas stuff out this year I remembered how worn out the kids' old stockings were and I really wanted to make them new ones instead of buying them. So, I did. I didn't use a pattern, exactly. I just traced an old stocking on a piece of construction paper and then transfered that to the fabric. I am pretty happy with how they turned out, though I wish I had bought the fabric earlier when I could have found a bigger selection of Christmas fabrics.
4 days ago