Project number one... piping. I'm going to need to know how to do this when I attempt to re-cover my chair, so I figured I could start small by making a pillow with some piping. While we were in the city one day I ran into Fabricland and picked up some fabric in the clearance section (just needed something to practice on that didn't look too nasty) and then spent the afternoon putting it together.
Sewing with piping is not for the faint of heart. It's pretty finicky work.
But the end result was a success. I really love the look of piping-- adding the detail gives pillows and furniture such a clean tailored look.
My Mom also taught me another incredible sewing technique-- sewing invisible zippers! They also can be a bit tricky to put in-- but they look amazing-- actually-- you can't see them... that's kind of the point.
Well, there's a few more sewing techniques I can check off my "learn how" list.