Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"leap" into sewing!

Here in Michigan, the weather is terrible. The windows on the east side of my house are covered with ice. The last few hours we have received snow, sleet, and rain. The roads are terrible. Schools are cancelled. So, I've designated today for sewing since I do not want to be out on the roads. What will I be making you ask? A zipper pouch. The other day at work a lady asked me to make her one. She currently has one that is designed by Coach and does not like it because it's not washable. Therefore, last night before the storm hit, I ran to Jo-Ann's and got the materials I needed. So, we'll see how it turns out! :)

Here is another project, I recently made.  

I haven't had much luck with making my own labels. So, I purchased some fabric markers to sign my projects for family and friends. I've tried the route of making my own and ironing them to fabric, but I think I need a new iron because if I do it for the recommended time it usually doesn't adhere correctly. If I leave it for a longer period of time, the glue seems to burn and turn yellowish.

As you can see above, I'm also having problems with thicker portions of fabric and keeping a straight stitch. I'm not sure if this is me or my old machine. So, I have been shopping for a newer machine with a better feed system. The one I have does embroidery and is probably 20 years old. I hardly use the embroidery portion of it (not sure why) and do not want to pay over $1500 for a newer machine. I would prefer to buy a newer USED machine. Anyone have any suggestions as to brand, quality, pricing, etc?

Monday, February 27, 2012

I made these as gifts for my cousin. We've been enjoying recently making gifts for one another and sending them back and forth. I stuck with a red, white, and blue theme because her husband is a retired Marine. This was rather challenging for me with so many layers of batting and fabric. Even so, they turned out beautifully! Don't ya think?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

"In the Garden" Guilted Tote

One of my favorite things since coming to blog-land is creativity among other bloggers. Since joining, I am so thankful to learn all the new things that I have. I even sense myself becoming more venturous and creative on my own.  Dorian, over at busily spinning momma, is one of the people who have inspired me to venture out of my little box. Her pattern 'In the Garden" I fell in love with at first site. As with any new project I take on, I was a bit intimidated. However, Dorian's directions were so easy to follow. I had very little trouble with all THREE bags I made!

I made this one for my mother's birthday!
My mother really liked it too! So, she and I made two more for her friend's daughter! These were the first projects my mother and I made together since I was a child of 10.


As you can see we altered them both a little to suit the girls who would be carrying them.

Often I come across tutorials and even patterns that are hard to follow and hard to understand. I do not like wasting fabric and dread taking out seams. Patterns are the most frustrating because I spend good money on them only to find that I really do not understand them completely. So, when I come across an awesome tutorial such as Dorian's I feel more competent and want to sew more!

Thank you, Dorian for the easy to follow tutorial!