I decided to go to JoAnn's today for a learn-how-to-use-a-sewing-machine class. At the end of the three hours, I got to bring home this pillow case I made:
I was the last one done, had to rip some seams, but all in all I'm pleased to have a usable result. I paid $25 for the class and $1.97 for the fabric. I signed up for the next class a week from tonight to make a pair of PJ pants. I hope I'm ready!