Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sew little.

So while I had the machine out and threaded, I figured I'd use up some more of the fabulous Amy Butler fabric with a couple of other smaller projects.

I wanted to try my hand at welting so I did a quick camera strap for my new camera. Stupidly I just winged it and I ended up not doing the right thing with the ends of the welting so it looks a bit rough on the reverse side. Even so, I'm happy with how it turned out. Certainly better than that hideous NIKON NIKON screaming up at me.
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If you are smarter than me, follow these great tutorials that have been posted by other bloggers about how to do it properly.
Design Sponge / Cluck Cluck Sew / Made by Petchy

Trying to work on another technique, I got smart and used a ready made pattern to make a little box pincushion from Heather Bailey. Um, I needed some spatial reasoning assistance figuring out how to make the box at first but it all came together in the end. And now I have a pin cushion.
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Threes a charm, thats all I did with the machine thus far. Since I'm not at all ready to make anything wearable just yet, I have my mind thinking up a possible cat bed and throw pillows I can actually use on my sofa. I still don't understand how to hand sew anything or do anything but a straight stitch so I should probably try to figure that out before I do much else. I haven't found any patterns that jump out at me though so we'll see how it goes.

Any sewing patterns or projects you'd recommend for a true novice like me?

29 comments:

  1. Sewing can be so gratifying , you have done some great projects, well done , love that pin cushion , was it hard?
    Chris

    Ps you have been having that abort message , I had to try lots to get on here to comment , I am sure it will be short lived .

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  2. Oh wow, I LOVE that fabric! You did a great job on those project - can't wait to see what else you make :)

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  3. An apron would be a relatively easy project for you to make, or a tote bag. I am sure if you google, there will be project patterns for you to use! Have fun, and it looks like you are doing very well so far! Cute pin cushion!!

    Suzanne

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  4. Well you had a busy day! Love the camera strap...I'll have to copy this idea one of these days, when I have a free moment. HA!

    And speaking of Amy Butler, LOVE her fabrics. I am hosting a GIVE AWAY on my blog, a set of placemats and table runner out of more of Amy Butler's delightful fabrics!

    Janell

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  5. The Buttercup bag from Made By Rae is a relatively easy pattern to follow.

    http://madebyrae.blogspot.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern.html

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  6. Your pin cushion is SO cute and creative! I love that fabric too. :)

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  7. Just wondering where you bought the fabric from? It's beautiful and exactly what I've been searching for!

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  8. I just looked at the directions to see how to make it, and I guess I need spatial reasoning assistance as well- I dont get how to make the box hahaha

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  9. Hi Terry - the fabric was purchased from an adorable local store. Not exactly the cheapest source but shopping in there is so fun: http://www.brooklyngeneral.com/

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  10. I have no suggestions as to projects but I do suggest you buy a tape measure made for sewing. Much easier to use on fabric. :)

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  11. This is making me think it may be time to dust off my old machine. It retired right about the time my son was born... eight years ago!!

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  12. You're a novice???! Looks great to me. I can sew a straight line, but measuring things, cutting, and following a pattern make me hyperventilate.

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  13. Hey! You're on a roll! Love the camera strap!

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  14. A great resource for quick and easy (free!) sewing projects is Sew Mama Sew's blog (sewmamasew.com) - Amy Butler's web site also has some great patterns that are free, too!

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  15. Great pin cushion! Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing is a decent little book....just thumbed through it recently and I think I'm going in. Seems like nice, easy-to-follow patterns.

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  16. ughh my new canon eos would LOVE that.

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  17. I have been following your blog for a while since I saw your house on RMS. You are such an inspiration. All your hard works really shows in your FABULOUS home! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Nice skills Mrs. L! That's a great start! Love the little cushion.

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  19. You should add stephmodo to you blogroll...she's renovating a 400 year old cottage in France!
    http://www.stephmodo.com/search/label/la%20maisonnette

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  20. Those all look great! I don't even know what welting is. The pin cushion looks great!

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  21. How about napkin rings?
    I'm going to make some grosgrain napkin rings in a few weeks, I saw them in House Beautifuls June issue and felt inspired to make my own using ribbon I could choose. Michaels has everything you need. Here's a link to the ones I saw: http://www.socialcouture.com/store_item.fsp?id=135196

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  22. Super cute S&S but you don't need to sew those.

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  23. Hi! I just found your blog yesterday & I love it!

    Very cute & nicely finished first projects, I'm impressed. I won't tell you how gross my first sewing attempts were.

    Maybe pajama pants next? Or a skirt with a drawstring waist?

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  24. The easiest thing I ever made were curtains - a whole house of fully-lined Laura Ashley fabric drapes, with coins to weight the edges. Trust me, if you can sew a straight line you can make drapes

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  25. wow. you've so motivated me to get my sewing machine out...this week!

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  26. Awesome. Totally loving this, can't wait to see what else you sew. I've made a few bags in my time...it's tons of fun. I also find sewing very therapeutic.

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  27. Sewing is hard! and everything I make seems like a disaster at the time. When I go back and look at it weeks later I don't even notice the imperfections. You did a great job.

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  28. Callie10:15 PM

    This is really cute!

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