Back to Basics

First things first. I’m so excited because my fabric came in! I finally got it all washed and ready to go… (Well, they still need to be ironed, but I’ll get to that as I get to each fabric.) I ask you not to judge my ironing board cover, it’s on my list of things to learn to make. I may have had a ‘slight’ addiction to smiley faces growing up and this is still the first cover I ever had. Yes, I don’t iron much.

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This was my first order from Pink Castle Fabrics, actually my first order online, and I absolutely adore the collections they carry. I tried to start with some basic patterns for now but there are so many on that site that I want to have! Locally, I can’t seem to find a store that carries patterns I love, so I just decided to ventured online. Where do you buy your fabric from? I need recommendations. Though I will say, I think I might be at risk of having a fabric addiction after browsing a little for this purchase. I even started a Pinterest Fabric Wishlist! So far, I’m okay with my new obsession, but I may have to keep myself in check.

I thought today I would have something to show for my first blog post back into sewing, and while I guess I do, it is not as much as I expected to have. It isn’t that I didn’t attempt to work on a couple of projects, but I COMPLETELY FORGOT HOW TO USE MY MACHINE! I don’t know why I’m surprised, I’ve only used it 3 times and it has been a while since I attempted anything. I wanted to start on some bibs for my sister-in-law but realized that I had a birthday party to attend, and since the gift came in the day before I thought it would be perfect to give it to her in a little gift bag I made myself. The birthday girl is a card-maker and I require all future cards to be handmade from her (cause they are just that pretty), and it only made since for me to make the bag instead of buying it. I thought I’d be able to get through both projects.

Instead of sewing the whole time though, I spend most of the time reuniting with my machine and fixing errors I caused because I forgot some basic rules. I still don’t know them right now so I can’t begin to explain but I will tell you I learned how to take the foot off for the first time, in order to remove a pin that I forgot to remove in time (or to attach in a way in which I wouldn’t have needed to remove it first). The good news, I did get it out eventually!

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I DID find this awesome post by thediydreamer compiling sewing 101 posts from all over the web and my homework for the next week is to refresh what little knowledge I had acquired during the beginning of my learning process and hopefully learn something new along the way too! I’ve added it to my favorites to guide me until I’m comfortable with my machine.

In the end, I was able to create one of the bags. My goal was 5. I PROMISE to post next monday, hopefully with a finished collection of gift bags since now I’m making the birthday girl wait until next Friday to receive her gift, maybe even a little something for my sister-in-law, and some tips I found the most helpful along the way. No more school and wedding planning excuses.

Here is my first beginner gift bag 😉 I didn’t use any help, though I probably should have, so it is as basic as it gets, but hey, I did it. And I will keep seeking advice on how to improve. Every step counts, right?

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Until next time, happy crafting.


6 thoughts on “Back to Basics

  1. Definitely not judging the ironing board cover – I had BOXER SHORTS in the same smiley fabric, which would be alright if I were, say, a 20-year-old guy, but I wasn’t – I was a 12-13 year old girl. Wearing them in public… to volleyball practice. At least yours is safely hidden away at home on your ironing board!

    I also have the Brother cs6000i. Love it!

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    • Good ol’ Joe Boxer. Well I’m glad I’m not alone. Though I will say, although I didn’t wear them out at 12-13 years, my room looked like it threw up smileys at that age. Maybe it’s volleyball thing? 😉

      Great sewing machine. If I was second guessing my machine choice, I’m not any more!


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