First off you need to choose a pattern, I would aim for simple to start with..lot less frustration and tears! I have used a pattern out of this book, however there are many books, magazines, downloads etc to choose from...have FUN finding your favorite from what is on offer out there.
Draw out your design on paper...any will do as long as you can SEE what you have drawn!! I have used the copy paper the boys use for drawing on. I have only traced part of the design...because..... I am a smarty pants and am confident enough to move it around..but when you are starting draw the whole thing (x) I use an ordinary pencil..nothing fancy...YES! One of the boys!! Having grandchildren is WONDERFUL for resources!
When you have chosen you design....next choose your fabric! When you first start it is best to go with a plain fabric that you can see through easily...trust me life will be simpler! The books (etc) will tell you what size to cut it...I usually go a bit bigger then you have space to trim to the size you want when finished.
I like to find the centre of my fabric by folding...then gentle iron marks it for me
Notice the fancy ironing surface? YES its a tea towel on the worktop! All mod cons here!
Off to finish the tea, Adam and James are here tonight and we are having fish pie...OK that means throw everything in a pie dish and leave it ...but HEY! That's my style ...and what they expect!! lol