Monday, January 14, 2008

Sew What

I decided to face my fears and blew the dust off the old sewing monster this weekend. As many of you know I get really frustrated sewing. Thanks to my DH I have a lovely new machine that doesn't get a lot of attention. I promised myself I'd get over it and dive right in. So of course I'm starting small.

Lovely picture, yes I know. I probably should have stuffed them for a more attractive shot but I was just so happy they turned out that I wanted to document it quickly. Two drawstring shoe bags for Luis to use on our trip next week. The fabric is a lovely scrap of Waverly decorator cotton I've had forever and have been afraid to cut into. (If someone can explain to me why we crafters HATE using craft supplies please do.) I pretty much used this tutorial (which I found here on Roxanne's blog) but as I was going from memory I'm sure my method was a wee bit different. Simple, I know, but oh so handy and some serious instant gratification. Does it matter that Luis can only fit one shoe in each bag instead of two? No.

That done I decided to push my luck and try something similar but a bit more difficult. I found this tutorial through Sara's blog (you can see her version here) and decided to give it a go:

Not bad for my first piece of patchwork! The rooster fabric is again something I've had for awhile but have been loathe to cut into but I'm glad I did. I've been wanting to use it for a kitchen project forever and really did need a place to store those pesky grocery bags I still end up with even though I try to always take my own bags to the store. Now if only I had enough of that fabric left for curtains!

I hung it in the basement way with my favorite aprons which includes that sweet orange and green bird apron Jen was kind enough to make me for a swap. I really need to work on my picture taking LOL.

Anyway, it was quite a productive weekend for me with all the sewing, crafting, and patting myself on the back. I'll have a few things to share this week including some thrifts and a tutorial. :)



flanthrower said...

You go girl! The sewing looks great! I'm glad I could provide a wee bit of inspiration too. :)

Just keep at it....I was really frustrated at first too but now it ain't so bad. :)

Sarah and Jack said...

I am make the same fabric mistake with the not cutting into it thing. The problem is that you end up waiting so darn long that you end up not liking the fabric anymore.

Way to go with the projects!

Roxanne said...

Great job on the sewing Rebecca!! Glad I could supply you with a helpful link!

Thimbleanna said...

Great job Rebecca -- useful and pretty too! I completely agree with Sarah -- I cling to my stuff so long, then I don't like it. But, I've made a recent discovery -- if you cling to it even through the dislike stage, it eventually comes back to be something you like!

Felicia said...

Well I'm glad you blew the dust off! That cute bag dispenser is awesome. I love that you decided to use that chicken fabric.

Jenn Maruska said...

Whoo hoo! Go sewing machine, go!

In no time you'll be sewing like a pro. Looks like you're off to a great start : )

Breanna said...

Yay for you! I just love the rooster fabric.

Katie Jean said...

wow! all your projects look great!


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