Next Sewing Lesson

I bought my niece a bookmark for Christmas, however once we opened it we realised that it was quite chunky and didn’t like how it sat in her book. So I bought some elastic and thought I would attempt this bookmark, in full. Her favourite colour is blue and I decided not to use a second colour. I thought it turned out quite well and she seemed to like it when I gave it to her.

The assignment for this lesson, Turning and Top Stitching, was a mini messenger bag. I went to Walmart and bought some material and other supplies that I needed. Once I had printed the pattern pieces I realised how small the bag was, so I tripled it length wise.

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The first mistake I learnt while attempting this assignment, is to read ALL of the instructions before being; especially before cutting your material. I cut the back and front and flap. I sewed the strap, which turned out really well. I continued with the steps and when it came to the part about sewing it all together I couldn’t find how to attach the flap to the back of the bag. Why you might ask? Because this is already attached when you cut the damn material! So I undid my stitches and recut the back, including the flap, and could continue to make the bag. Despite this hiccup, I was really proud of how the bag turned out.

When I inserted the strap to sew it in place, I turned it the wrong way around, however I kind of like it. It gives it something different!

The next day we went out for dinner and I used my new bag. Considering it has no interfacing, or closure, it actually held up pretty well. Nothing fell out and I could actually fit quite a lot in, considering how small it is. This was a fun nights’ sewing adventure!

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Basic Bookmarks

After scouring my Pinterest links I found a learn to sew series by Crazy Little Projects. This is an easy way to learn some basic sewing techniques and has assignments at the end of each lesson so you can practice. Amber also wrote some really good information regarding your sewing machine and tools etc.

So the first lesson is sewing a straight line and the assignments is burp cloths. Now since I don’t have any children and don’t know anyone who does, I had a look around Pinterest for something else I could do. Bookmarks. Who doesn’t need a bookmark, and being an avid reader I know I am always looking for a bookmark and have been using a train timetable recently.

I found 2 bookmark tutorials, the first was this one¬†and the second was this one. As I didn’t have any interfacing (and had no idea what it was) I skipped this part. And I didn’t have any elastic either, so I mashed the 2 together and created this.

I liked the roughness of the final edge and was disappointed with the other end after I turned it, so I thought I would make another one.

At first I wanted to add shapes to the bookmark, however my cutting skills with sheer material are poor to say the least, so instead I thought I would add it as a dangly bit (technical term!).

I learnt I can’t sew heart as yet, and sheer material is extremely painful to work with – at least this early in my learning adventure.

In The Beginning

I guess my journey started a lot like any other, with Pinterest! I wanted a sewing machine and started researching on Pinterest. Suddenly I was hooked and needed a sewing machine right then and there. However, when living in another country and trying to decide where you should live, made it impossible for me to achieve this dream just yet. And then we decided to stay! So for Christmas my Husband asked me what I wanted and I said a sewing machine. I did a quick search online and Walmart (simplicity for the Husband) and decided which one I wanted. I took him in store, pointed to it and said that one. And so it was done!

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Nothing fancy or too expensive, enough stitches to ensure I won’t get bored, and easy button hole abilities! Next was setting up the room. I found a chair in the basement and stole the cats table (we bought her a new one), and set everything up in the spare room.

But before I put any fabric through the machine, it was back to Pinterest for simple things to learn to get myself started. And of course figuring out what supplies I would need.

So I ask that you join me, on my sewing adventure; Natasha Made Me!