Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Sewing Adventures 101

Over the weekend, I decided to try my hand at sewing. I've only sewn with a sewing machine twice in my life  which was two years ago to sew my sons PP&J Halloween costume and my Halloween ghosts this year. I've "practiced" but have never really sewn anything else. I've wanted to, and have looked at many sewing tutorials but always felt overwhelmed with all the "rules". Well, the other day after I came home from work, I jumped on the computer and browsed Pinterest for a bit and became inspired by all the sewing projects that just happened to show up. I found a pocketbook that I fell in love with was inspired immediately to make it. I printed out the tutorial and headed to my small stash of fabric.

All pinned and ready to sew

My mother in law just gave me a bag stuffed with fabric from her days of doing crafts, so I dug through it and found two coordinating pieces.  I spread my fabric out on the kitchen floor and thumbed through my printout ready to measure everything out. I was excited to get started but after reading though it again, I felt trapped; too many rules, too many steps. When it comes to crafting, I don't like following 'rules'.  It became overwhelming. Isn't this supposed to be fun?? I thought. I decided to throw the tutorial out and go with what was in my head and learn along the way.  I measured one of my pocketbooks, cut, pinned and cut again….then started sewing.

Some wonky stitching but that's okay!
Inside view



When I was done sewing, I was pretty impressed. It wasn't perfect but it wasn't too shabby either.  It didn't look anything like the purse I measured (I can't seem to get this measuring thing down, not just in sewing, anything!) but I thought it came  out pretty darn good; the fact that my husband could tell what it was, was a good sign.


  1. Looks great! One can never have too many bags right?

    1. Thanks! Nope, I don't think anyone can have too many bags.


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