I never really learned how to sew. My Mom taught me a little. Very little. I can at least thread the machine, thread the bobbin, wind the bobbin, and sew a straight stitch. I can hem a pair of pants if absolutely necessary. I wish I could understand a pattern because I probably could actually make a thing or two. I have a storage bin of fabric waiting to be put to use.
Mostly the sewing machine sits in the corner of our bedroom taking up space. Every so often though I find the urge to attempt to be creative and sometimes I even surprise myself.
It really was not hard at all to turn a paper pattern like this...
and add a bit of (crooked) stitching like this.... tadaa!