I am not a seamstress. Ok, I’ll be honest…I even had to call my mom to figure out how to thread my sewing machine!!! You know what she said??? “Read the book!” So I did and I threaded the machine, loaded a bobbin and sewed several small projects. I’m pretty proud of myself I must say. I picked up my sewing machine at a garage sale last summer for $10 which I thought was an awesome deal. Then I found this sewing machine table at my ReStore for $4. I want to fix up the table but that’s low priority right now.
My first project was just to see if I could figure out how to use the machine. I just made this little pouch for my princess to decorate with Sharpies and hold some of her stuff.
Next, I saw several tutorials on making pillow covers out of cloth napkins. I had some cloth napkins in my closet that I wasn’t using and so I game them a shot. Here’s what I did:
I took 2 cloth napkins and cut one of them in half.
Next, I laid them faces together and sewed around the edges.
My pillows were a little small so I went back around the outside of the pillow cover giving the inside about 1/4 inch less space, all the way around.
I’m thrilled with the results. They were super simple!
My most recent and fun project was found at Lil Pink Pocket. The creativity of people is absolutely amazing. Use a simple button down shirt and make skirts from them…genius!
We were given some hand-me-downs (which I LOVE by the way). A couple of the shirts wouldn’t work for any of my boys so I created these great skirts for my princess. All I needed to purchase for these was the elastic for the waistband…$1.67 for 3 skirts…not a bad deal!
I marked a line right under the arm holes and cut off the top part of the shirt. Then I just added elastic to the waist and sewed it up.
And this is the end result. Don’t you just love how easy this is. It literally took me 15 minutes (and I’m really slow).
I took the sleeve of the shirt and made a bow out of it. I love it in my princess’ hair.
I liked the first one so much I quickly made another and I have a pink one in the works from a shirt I picked up when I got my 100+ items at the fill a bag for $1 sale.
I think I can get used to this sewing thing and maybe even enjoy it. Although this was my first sewing post, I don’t think it will be my last.
I finally got tired of trying to remember what all of the dials on my sewing machine were for, so I got out my label maker and labeled them. Saves me loads of time. 😛
Pati @ A Crafty Escape says
You did a great job on all your projects! I’m dying to make some of those skirts for my daughter.
These are great first projects! Sewing is such a wonderful craft, I hope you stick with it!
Wow, you’re much quicker at picking things up than me. I’ve had a sewing machine for 2 years and am terrified of it and all the steps that go with sewing tutorials. That t-shirt-dress refashion looks cute and simple. Stopping by from Sugar Bee!
Wow! I can’t believe how CUTE those shirt skirts were! What a GREAT idea and the bow out of the sleeves on top of that! Clever!
Carole @ Blue Chateau Interiors says
Thanks for this detailed tutorial. We are completely changing our decor when we move next month, which means new pillows. Of course, I, like you, don’t want to pay lots of money to change them. I’ll definitely go the cloth napkin route.
For a new sewer you did great!
Stopping by from http://www.craftgeekjj.blogspot.com 🙂
I have this exact same sewing machine! It was a hand-me-down from my grandmother and I had no idea how to use it (I had never used a sewing machine at all) until last week when my mom taught me. I made a purse for my first sewing project http://chocolatemoments.wordpress.com/2011/09/28/look-what-i-made/
I really like the skirts you made out of shirts – I might have to give that a try for my next project!
LaVonne @ Long Wait says
Carrie, that is great. I have my first sewing machine and have made very little. I am impressed. Keep it up!
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Hi there- found you through the hop and am a new follower. Congrats on your efforts! I wish I had a sewing machine! I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by http://withoutcomplexities.blogspot.com
I hope you are having a great week!
Great job!!! I’ve been sewing for just over a year now… it’s amazing how simple some things are to whip up! You should stop by and see what I’ve made 🙂
I am impressed! Sewing is hard.
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