Complete First Project? Check!

Alright! Getting things done! 😛

I have finally added a more sewing-appropriate header. For anyone joining after the beginning of my adventure who read the first post and now wonders what that painting was, here it is:

Moving on.

I have completed my first sewing project. Although not with the same material, I completed the same bag design that I originally started with my sister-in-law. (Some of the original materials I left at her house, I believe, plus we had missed a few steps.) So, I started from scratch. I also did it from memory since I couldn’t remember where we had gotten the idea from. I have, since then, re-found the blog: http://www.michaelannmade.com/2012/01/sew-your-own-tote-bag-tutorial.html. (I found this blog through craftgawker.com, which I absolutely love!) The finished product doesn’t look anything like the original, but I still appreciate the inspiration 😉

I started this adventure off with some “light” reading, also known as The Owner’s Manual. I didn’t finish the whole thing but read all the parts relevant to what I wanted to accomplish since this was my first time using my machine and more importantly… it was the first time I had sewn on my own! So, I wound my first bobbin, set up my materials, and got to work. (I thought the bobbin picture came out kind of cool so I thought I’d share it.)

I meant to take more pictures as I was working so that I had more of a step-by-step presentation of what I accomplished, but I missed quite a few steps and just ended up just aborting the whole idea. The truth is, I was (and actually am still) supposed to be working on school work at the time and so I may have been a little distracted. It’s the last two weeks of the semester! I know I promised on the blog that I would attempt to blog at least every Monday but I had promised myself to at least sew every Monday and when it came down to it, it just seemed better to sew something instead of blogging about not having the time to sew something. 😛 I hope you don’t mind! 😉

Overall, I am pretty satisfied with the end results of my first completed project, though after completion I noticed just how much I wasn’t truly paying attention. I guess that’s what I get for sewing in-between every paragraph read!

Parts one thru three are some of the little errors I caught after everything was completed and I was unwilling to start over. Edge a little off course. I accidentally folded over and had sewn down a section of the decorative piece. Lastly, I meant to add the corners to the end of the design, not to lose part of it, but oh well. I’m still happy with what I ended up with. Part four I’m quite proud of because I didn’t think I would be able to pull it off! Also, I think this time around my lines are a lot more consistent and straight.
So I guess that means its time to finally add the finished product??

Let me know what you think? What’s next?

7 thoughts on “Complete First Project? Check!

  1. They look great! You have your hands in quite a few crafts! I hope that one day I can too! Have you checked out craftgawker.com yet? I’m in love. There are great ideas on Pinterest too,but for some reason, that site overwhelms me 😛 I have no idea what I want to do next either though I have found some cute bag designs I’d like to try. I also volunteer at a resource room, providing necessities to abused and neglected children as they move into the foster care program. I was thinking of learning to make some bibs or burp towels or maybe even keep making totes for donation. Oh! Or purses and diaper bags! Now I’m getting some ideas! (Each child, newborn to late teens, gets a bag of choice to claim as their own and take all their new things in. There are already groups making pillow cases and blankets.) I don’t have any kids of my own… yet. Though time is ticking, I’m told. At least once that time comes I’ll have some useful skills 😛

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    • I just can’t decide! I had just replied back to thebusythistle about some donation creations (<- Loving this accidental term, will see again!) possibilities. I am going to have to do some research first I think! 😉

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  2. Where’s my manners? Thank you all for the positive feedback so far! In my rushed responses I forgot to communicate how appreciative I truly am 🙂 So sorry!

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