To begin sewing again, I started with really simple things!
Cosy pants for kids, with matching ones for dollies
Then the Princess needed jeans, so she and her dolly got matching pairs.
And their Mommie wanted Trick-or-Treat bags to go with their cat costumes. She found the image on the web. We printed it onto iron-on paper. (I don't recommend this--it doesn't stick very well, but was fine for a one-night thing.)
(In 2010 I used the scraps from these bags to make a little friend's Cowgirl costume.)