How do you feel about tutorials?
I don't really have a very tutorial-based learning style. I'm more the sort of person who looks at recipes on Pinterest, doesn't bother to actually look up the recipe, but just looks at the photos of finished meals, decides, "Yes, I want my soup to look like that!" and then makes my own invented soup that looks like that while never clicking through to the recipe.
When I want to make a craft, I may get an idea for a project based off a photo, but rarely will I actually watch a video or read a post on how to create it. I just figure out how to make it my own way. I'm not sure why. Laziness? Or tutorials just don't really fit my learning style? I've shown off a number of DIYs on this blog while never making any sort of tutorial for them.
It's more my style to say: look, I painted my shoes! Or look, I painted a window and stuck photos to it! Or, I have no idea how to quilt properly but I made a tiny dollhouse quilt anyways!
I pretty much assume that if you are at all interested in painting your own shoes you can do it without needing a tutorial to tell you how. Also...I also assume that most people would not want to paint their shoes in the first place.
For more complex tasks like learning how to insert an invisible zipper for the first time, I might actually look at a tutorial, but other than that, they're just not really the way I learn how to do things. I wonder if this is the result of being homeschooled and being more accustomed to teaching myself how to do things rather than learning from a teacher. Yeah, let's blame this on homeschool. The rest of the world wants to blame my awkwardness and lack of athletic skills on being homeschooled, so what's one more thing?
After reading this, you will be really wondering why in the world I decided to make a sewing tutorial for beginners and put in on our Youtube channel.
I'm still wondering that, myself, really.
I think a few factors contributed to my decision:
1) We hadn't made a video for a few weeks, so it felt like we ought to make a video about something
2) I sometimes get asked where the bows that I wear all to often came from.
3) I also get asked how I tie my bows to get them to turn out just right.
MaryGrace had asked for her own bow belt for her birthday, so I grabbed Sarah one free morning so I could accomplish the triple purpose of making the birthday present, teaching her a little bit of basic sewing skills, and create the video at the same time.
I think my favorite part of the video is that I never know what Sarah might say while on camera. Somehow, pizza and sharks and who knows what else work their way into the conversation about sewing. At the very end of the video, I show just how I tie the bow perfectly (and yes, that took a 2nd take since the first time, I forgot how I tie the bow. Something I do automatically probably once a week or so. awkward....).
So, even if you're not interested in sewing at all, you should at least watch a little bit of the beginning to see how cute biggest sister and littlest sister are together, to hear Sarah's random comments, and if you're just interested in my bow tying technique, just watch the last minute of the video.
What are your feelings on DIY tutorials?