The OP is a very good seamstress. Several people on this thread are marvelling at the sewing meisters, so I thought I'd start an FYI Sewing Thread.
Just start with repairing things by hand. Learn to put your buttons back on, and fix the rips on the inside of work jackets. Then, look for a good machine, and do "sampler" projects. That's what the current blanket that I'm making is.
I bought 6 yards of fleece a few years back, that looked like a candy striped Hudson Bay Blanket. I put it away, then decided that using it as one layer wouldn't be warm enough. I divided it in 1/3's, then attached an old, twin bed sized blanket to it that wasn't ever long enough for a bed. EVERYBODY uses this blanket in the living room.
It often travels with us.
So...I made a 2nd one for my DD, except I put a middle layer of an old wool banket, again not being used, and not long enough to tuck into a bed. Here are the 3 layers I used for the 2nd blanket.
The third one has been a PITA!! I secured the wool to the old, cotton blanket, and ended up ripping out several seams. So, "I bit the bullet" and started hand basting.
THIS very old, virgin wool blanket was sitting in the barn, gathering loads of dust with several holes---NOBODY was using or loving it. Now, it will be loved and cherished.
It's turned into a 50 hour "labor of love" bc I decided to use bright, "jewel tone" thread, that you could see on eventually, on the outside of the blanket. I'll add some more pictures as I finish this. I've used every basting, and finishing and embroidery stitch on my Singer HD machine, and really gotten to know them all with this project. I'm using white thread to machine embroider, and I'm going over ALL of the hand basted stitiches on the outside blanket.