I am in the midst of taking Mary Ann Moss' online class, SEWN. It is so much fun. In the first place, I have been able---NO, not just able, but encouraged strongly!---to make a mess! To play! Just have fun.
Boy, can I make a mess.
First I got to sit and paint patterns. Whatever I wanted. However I wanted. And I did and oh, did I have fun. The next thing asked of me was to pick out a shape that I wanted to use to cover the cover of a pattern book with, and then cut out a lot of the chosen shapes to sew onto a cover. I used up a bunch of watercolor scraps and some other random paper I had hanging around, and just put together two little booklets with a pamphlet stitch.
I had scraps of paper here, and glue sticks there, and scissors always across the table from where I was working....remember the big mess? It got bigger.
But when I got done, and I had sewed all the cut-out shapes onto the booklet covers, I ended up with some fine, fun little numbers in which I will paint more patterns!
My sewing skills are very lacking and I am very much a guerrilla seamstress, as Mary Ann puts it. It might not be pretty, but it gets the job done. And there is no pressure, which of course = fun!
Did I mention how much fun all this is?