21 March 2017

Unpopular Opinions on DIY Tutorials + a Beginner Sewing Tutorial (ha!)

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?
Laura Darling said...

I haven't really ever followed too many diy tutorials that are extremely detailed. I just see a photo of something I like and figure out a way to make it happen. But, when it comes to recipes, I need step by step detailed instructions, bonus if each step has a picture!!! I am not the best cook so I need all the help I can get!!

Angi said...

I like tutorials (photo or video, mostly video) if I'm about to attempt something I've never tried before. The other day, I wanted to learn some watercolor painting techniques, so I turned to YouTube. When it comes to learning new crochet stitches, videos can be really helpful. But, I'm also a very visual learner. Looking at a photo and then recreating whatever I'm looking at without any instruction whatsoever isn't something that comes easily to me, so I appreciate a good instructional video or blog post.

I would say most (not all) recipes are the exception for me, but that's because I've been cooking and baking for so long and most kitchen principles are consistent, so it's not hard to recreate food just by looking at a photo.

All that said, what I do not like are "tutorials" on things like making avocado toast. If you can't figure out how to smash up an avocado and smear it on some toasted bread with some other toppings, you're beyond help. ;)

Anonymous said...

I will very often see a project that looks interesting and try to do it myself, without the tutorial instructions. I think tutorials can be helpful if there are a lot of complicated steps, but I prefer to wing it and figure things out on my own. :)

Brita Long said...

For recipes, it depends on how familiar I am with the ingredients. If I'm cooking with fairly new flavors, I look up a bunch of different similar recipes to get an idea for popular ingredient ratios. Then depending on personal preferences, I adapt everything into my own recipe.

If I'm cooking a cut of meat for the first time, or in a new style, I look up a few different recommendations on cooking times to make sure I don't accidentally undercook it or overcook it.

Oh, and baking, I follow recipes almost perfectly because I don't know enough about the chemical process to change baking recipes very much.

I'm not really a big DIY person otherwise. My husband and I have started making our own bath bombs. We started with a few recipes we looked up online and then adjusted based on our own experiments. We're still figuring out the right ratio of scent and color so the bath bombs actually smell nice and look nice once in a bathtub full of water!

Shann Eva said...

Oh my both are adorable! I love the video! I'm terrible at following tutorials, and I don't even have the homeschooling excuse.

Charlene Maugeri said...

That's gotta be the cutest tutorial I've ever seen!

Unknown said...

OMG, I love sewing. And love how your tutorial makes this look so easy (and doable for someone busy like me)! Such a cute sash!


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Beth (Coffee Until Cocktails) said...

I like tutorials, because I'm all thumbs when it comes to DIY! The sash on the skirt is so cute!

Jess said...

I don't look at that many tutorials, but I think that's because I'm a creative person so I generally like to do my own thing. It's why I prefer cooking to baking. I like to just skim the info and then figure it out on my own. But I know people, like my husband who LOVE tutorials and watch them for everything to see exactly how to do stuff. Also, I'm just starting to sew, so I may find this will come in handy!! :)

Rach said...

Aha! That's how you tie your bows so straight! I'm definitely very tutorial oriented. I love step-by-step instructions with pictures or video. I learn twice as quickly that way! :)

Suzanne said...

Your bow tying technique is genius!


Unknown said...

It's hard for me to follow a tutorial in the first place, but if it's something I have little to no experience with, a tutorial is almost a must to get a feel for what is entailed. Also, although my mom has sewed custom draperies for many years, sewing is not my bag. I appreciate the beautiful work people do though. That bow is the cutest!

Joy said...

I think I'm like you -- I see something and then come up with my own way of doing it! Haha! My eldest daughter is a huge YouTube tutorial watcher, and she seems to have more success than me, at least as far as making pretty things goes. So maybe I should change my method...?

Chantel said...

I'm totally a DIYer and love looking up a couple of different tutorials on a specific topic and then creating my own thing with bits and pieces of each one. I love the uniqueness of your video! It's not polished and my life is perfect but it is so real life and in my opinion way better than most tutorials out there. I'm totally going to go look at the rest of your YouTube channel right away. Also, I forgot that you were homeschooled, now that we are homeschooling I love seeing adults that were homeschooled cause they are some of my favorite people!

Craftivity Designs said...

I think I'm a mix. I like tutorials for more complicated projects. But for simpler projects, the project is more inspiration or a starting point. Enjoyed reading your thoughts :)

rooth said...

I'm enthralled by your perfect bows :) You certainly have more patience than I do

Joy Lynn said...

I think it is a homeschool trait to figure things like that out yourself. I was homeschooled for a few short years (my husband too). Haha love that you add awkwardness and non-athletic-ness to the homeschool blame game. HAHA I remember hearing those things too. I'm not athletic, but my husband was! Love those bows and when you share videos!

Jenny Evans said...

You can only tie a bow when you're not paying attention. If you think about it, you forget how. I feel like a total idiot trying to teach my kids how to tie shoes because I'm like "I have no idea what you're supposed to do next. Let me tie mine and see."

Robin said...

I don't usually like tutorial posts. A lot of them are unnecessarily long and complicated...the blogger tries too hard to be an expert/"guru". Same with a lot of recipe posts. I mean, I don't need to see three shots of someone chopping a carrot, then another shot of the chopped carrots in a bowl. I also dislike the silly Pinterest-y display pictures. Yeah, the person just happened to put their tablet in a case that matches the cloth napkins, and they casually laid it in the background, next to a candle of the same color. Okay.

Mica said...

Your bow belts are awesome! :) You do tie them beautifully :)

I'm one of those people who needs instructions or tutorials. Especially for cooking, I'm terrible at it so having a guide to follow is a necessity, haha! I can't just watch or read though, I have to be doing it too, if that makes sense? I don't get any value from tutorials or recipes unless I'm doing the same thing in front of me at the time :) Why I don't read any cooking blogs although I'm sure it would improve my skills in the kitchen, haha!

Hope you have had a wonderful weekend :)

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Unknown said...

I have a little bit of basic sewing skills but I need to make for my kid. I love DIY work so I have to do anyhow.

Pamela Naila said...

WOW! I appreciate your DIY Tutorials and very helpful tips. I have to change to kitchen wooden"Tools Geeks Thanks for remembering my important task

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