I have to admit, I just love how this bag turned out. I found the bird embroidery at a thrift store...I think it was supposed to be a pillow? Being two sided and all. I cut it apart and attached it to a bag I made instead. So cute! I actually wish I knew who did the original embroidery so that I could give it to them!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Where I live, internet options are limited. I used to have HughesNet, which was about as quick as dial-up. Finally I upgraded to Verizon HomeFusion, which was sooooooo much faster. I could actually watch YouTube videos! Shocking! It's really annoying how websites assume you have a fast internet connection.
Anyway, my point is, and I do have one, HomeFusion is much faster, but I am limited on my data usage. 10 GB a month. Which apparently went quick this month. So off went the internet and off went my connection to the web and all it's great tutorials. Instead, I became reacquainted with the library, somewhere around the 646.xxx section. These projects- a portfolio and archaic CD holder (I messed up a bit on the latter, of course)- are from books checked out at the library. Unfortunately I've since returned them and hence don't remember the names of the books!
Monday, November 11, 2013
Look at this! Buttons and pockets, oh my! I even had to do some measuring! Though in the end, I don't think the measuring was necessary. I think perhaps the tutorial was a little more involved than it needed to me. I had to use a ruler (shocker!) to measure and mark the bottom of the bag, just so that I could accurately make the box corners. Just seemed a bit overkill, but I suppose some people like to be very precise. You might have figured this out, but when it comes to sewing, I'm not precise at all! LOL!
Friday, November 8, 2013
Typical Kathy behavior-- I get over-confident in my abilities and skip ahead to the advanced projects. Not, I repeat NOT, a good idea!! I was so incredibly frustrated trying to make this toiletry bag that I was just about in tears. Tears, I tell ya. I thought the Reader's Digest sewing book was a pretty good book until I got to this project....those happy thoughts of it being a good book rapidly then disappeared. I just could barely figure out what the heck was going on. I guess I like picture books, because there just were not enough pictures to help me! And then!!! For some odd reason, this bag is only half lined on the inside!!! The inside is just embarrassing! No, of course I'm not going to post a photo of that! I don't know what the book's authors were thinking, not fully lining the inside of the bag. Unless of course, I somehow messed that up. I admit, usually that's highly highly likely, but I just don't think that's the case this time.
Oddly enough, despite my frustration and tears, as soon as this project was done, I wanted to start on the next. During the process, if you'd seen my frustration, you'd think for sure that I was ready to pack up my sewing machine and return it. But nope. I don't feel any more skilled, but I'm also not ready to throw in the towel (or the toiletry bag, as the case may be).
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Project number two- log cabin pillow! Look at me go!
Well, my great plans of doing every project in the book came to an abrupt halt. I just don't have much need or desire for much of whats in there. Table cloths, roman shades, more curtains. Already I'm picking and choosing the projects I want to make. The book is great, don't get me wrong. It's easy to follow and doesn't overwhelm. It's just mostly home furnishings. Stuff I'm not too interested in.
I went to the library and checked out just about all the books they had on sewing (it's a small library). One is Reader's Digest Step-by-Step Sewing Course. I figured I could work my way through this book and learn a thing or two. First project- mini curtain! Actually the first project is a curtain, but I don't really need another curtain, so I made it mini so that I could at least learn the techniques. It went fairly well, though the hems seem quite thick/big to me. That could just be because I didn't scale them down to match the smaller size of the curtain. So look at me! I measured, cut, and even pinned! I might turn into a decent seamstress after all!
On a side note, seamstress is a much better word than sewer, don't you think? Sewer just makes me think of septic tanks, not needles and thread.