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.

 

Let the fun begin…

Happy April Fools Day. In truth it’s probably one of my least favorite days. I trust no one today! :-/ But this is no April Fools joke…. I’ve ordered my first sewing machine! Turns out I just couldn’t wait. 😛 I went with the one I mentioned early, the Brother CS6000i. The best deal I could find was on Amazon.com. The lowest price and Free Shipping. It should be here by Tuesday! I’m excited! Hopefully I’m all caught up on my homework by then because I’m probably going to ignore it a bit once I have it in my possession. 😉 I’ve reserved a few books at the local library, watched a few YouTube videos, as well as looked into some local sewing classes. I think my sister-in-law and I have inspired some other friends to want to learn with us as well which could make it that much better. At the same time, I want to make sure that if others fall through, I stay on board. I have a habit of quitting if everyone else does to and I don’t want to do that this time. If everyone joins though, some of the local classes seem to offer discounts to groups. That would definitely a bonus! More savings are almost always welcomed.

I’ve been looking into beginner projects I’d like to try also. I haven’t really looked in-depth. I plan on looking into some free ones to start but saw this one and really liked it. What do you think?

http://www.etsy.com/listing/84849069/sew-tidy-portable-sewing-bag-and

I’m told pillows, pillow cases, and totes are best for starts. Any other suggestions?