Hi all,I may be a little blog silent for a week or so, so thought I should take this occasion to show off something I made a couple months ago. This ended up being my birthday present to my Mom. My Mom taught me how to do all of the crafty things that I do, and has even enabled new things since I’ve been an adult, like spinning. She is definitely worthy of receiving all my handmade items because I know that she appreciates the time that goes into them!
Part of the reason I wanted a new sewing machine is because I wanted to make up cute little project bags. I made my little drawstring bag and wanted to move on to box pouches. I love these little zippered pouches for holding all my works in progress.
I had found a few tutorials online, but finally settled in on this one. I liked that the final pouch is fully lined. I found the finished pouch a little small for my liking (3″x4″x7″), and would make it a little bigger next time. This one would probably fit a sock in progress or hat though. I used an Asian-style print that was in my stash from years ago when I was in college and thought I would sew all my clothes. I tried to make a pair of pajama pants from this fabric and they ended up like harem pants. And then I was done with sewing, except for Halloween costumes.
I am trying to learn something new with every project. This was my first time sewing in a zipper. I used my zipper foot and everything! Not that hard! It has also inspired me to sew in a zipper to my next knit cardigan, though I realize that is a different skill set.
I even tried out some fun stitches from my sewing machine for the little zipper tabs.
I need to make one for me now! Sadly my new sewing habit is messing with my knitting progress. I bought a quilt kit (here’s a link to the pattern) from Connecting Threads and am working on my first quilt. I could probably have picked out my own fabrics and started with a basic quilt, but I wanted to jump right on in and get started. I have some of my blocks finished already. It’s a little traditional, but the nautical prints are so cute! Maybe I’ll be more willing to experiment after I finish my first one. So much is dependent on fabric choices that it’s a little daunting. An interesting pattern can easily be a real mess if it’s too busy.
Also, I managed to like pinch a nerve in my shoulder or something just cutting out fabric! I was really pressing down on that ruler! My fingers were kind of numb for over a week. Maybe I should have stopped a lot sooner instead of cutting out fabric for five hours…
I’ll pop back on soon. Happy Holidays everyone!