A large mango

That is the size my little fetus has become!  So much growing in so little time.  While my little one has been busy growing, learning how to move its joints, and working on its in utero matrix moves, I have been working on a nursing pillow.  I’m pretty satisfied with how it turned out, but I definitely need to work on my slip stitch skills.  Here are a few pics of my project from beginning to end.  I used this upholstery fabric that I have been obsessed with for a few months now.

cutting out the fabric is always my least fav part of any project 😦

pinned together and ready to sew

finally, the finished project!

I love the way this pillow turned out!  My only regret is that upholstery fabric may be scratchy on my baby’s skin, but maybe that will only make him/her stronger?  😉

It’s been waaay too long…

Surprise!  I’m not dead!  It’s been probably 2 months since my last post.  I know, I know.  I’m not doing too great on following through with my commitments lately.  But I have a good excuse, I promise!  The reason I haven’t posted in so long is b/c I’ve been experiencing the first trimester of PREGNANCY!  I am officially 12 weeks and 1 day today, and the second trimester really is tons better than the first, so for all you preggo ladies puking your guts out as you read this, hang in there!  It really does get better!

Thankfully, I have been making some progress in the sewing realm (albeit slowly but surely.)  I never realized that I would lack all motivation to do anything during my first trimester of pregnancy.  This is a symptom the books (and your friends) don’t prepare you for.  Since I’ve inched closer and closer to the end of the first trimester, though, I have experienced a new burst of motivation.  I have finally finished appliqueing a onesie and booties for a sweet friend who lives in Poland.  It didn’t turn out exactly how I had imagined it, but I think it’s pretty darn cute anyways.

To Poland with love

Well, while I’m at it, I might as well post a pic of the cutest fetus I have ever seen.  This is when he/she was only 9 and a half weeks.  I read this morning that he/she is the size of a peach now!  Unbelievable!

Being knit together in its mother's womb!

wew! that was close!

Well, I almost went a week without posting a new project.   Close one!   Reason being?  My career is getting in the way of my hobby!  I work too much!  It’s a good thing I have sewing to distract me.

My project this week is not a new endeavor, but actually one of the first things I learned how to sew on my own.  Two sweet friends, one a missionary in Poland, and another a friend from church have asked me to make a few things for them.

For the friend from church, I am appliqueing some necktie onesies and making some kimono booties.  For the friend in Poland, I am appliqueing an owl onesie and also making some booties, among other things.

If you like the booties, you can find them on the terrific blog HomeSpun Threads.  I have found many a fun project on this blog!  As for the necktie applique, you can find it here:  http://craftinginspiration.blogspot.com/2008/05/necktie-onesie-free-pattern.html

Such a fun, easy project!

I can’t wait to post pics of the owl onesie and booties.  The fabric I am using is ridiculously cute!

Finished Product

So, I finished the Hanging Wall Pocket, with only a few imperfections.  When sewing, make sure that your fabric  is even underneath, so that there will be no gaps on your finished project.  Actually, I still have to purchase grommets to insert in the top corners, but that should be a snap.

I think I have fallen in love with this fabric.  It is now discontinued, but I can still buy it in the store for really cheap until they run out.  I have about a yard and a half leftover, so I was thinking about using the same fabric on my next project.  It is either going to be a filing cabinet cover, or a purse.  I’m leaning more towards the purse side.

Sneak Peak

Here is a sneak peak at my next project.  It is going to be a Hanging Wall Pocket to organize all of my mail and random pieces of paper.

Now all of my mail has a home!

This is the fabric I will use:

This project calls for upholstery fabric and grommets.  Two things I have yet to work with.  Should be fun!

Misadventures in Sewing

So I’ve decided a better name for my blog would be Misadventures in Sewing because that is mainly what my sewing has become.  This suites me just fine, though, because the most important lessons are the ones you learn the hard way.  I finished the sewing machine cover and discovered it was not as hard as it first appeared.  Although it has upside down birds and trees on it, I still love it.  It’s imperfections remind me that it was hand-made with love.

My upside down sewing machine cover- the only one like it in the world! P.S. I also made that nifty pin cushion!

I’ve decided that I will post brief instructions with most of my projects so that you may attempt them too- if you dare!

Materials:

1 yard light or medium weight fabric (I used light, but in the end hoped I had used something heavier

1 spool coordinating thread.

Seam allowance- half an inch.

1.  Fold your fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together.  Measure and mark 15″ tall and 23″ wide.  When you cut, you will be cutting two pieces b/c you folded your fabric.  Also, place “tall” dimensions along the grainline of your fabric.  The grainline is the direction of the fabric that runs parallel to the selvage. P.S.  If using unidirectional fabric, make sure your fabric is facing the right direction.  Don’t make my mistake!

2.  Pin right sides of fabric together and stitch along sides and top edges.  Don’t sew the bottom!  Press seams open.

3.  Ok, this is the part that was tricky to me.  You need to mark a 2 and a half sqaure in both top corners and cut it out!  I promise this will make sense in a second.  After you cut, pinch the corners together, pin, and sew!

4.  Make a narrow quarter inch double fold hem along the bottom, press, pin, then sew.

Voila!  You have your own sewing machine cover!  Now you don’t have to worry about your machine being attacked by dust bunnies!

Oops!

Here’s some great advice.  When sewing a project, make sure that the tension on your machine is set appropriately.  If your tension is too tight, your fabric will look like this:

My fabric buckled b/ I had the tension set too high 😦

Also, and this may be the most important, when working with a fabric that is unidirectional (it as only one direction), make sure that you lay your fabric in the desired direction before sewing.  Unless you want your sewing machine cover to have upside down birds and flowers all over it.  Which mine will…  (awkward pause) b/c I overlooked that minor detail.  Don’t worry.  I can totally rock a sewing machine cover with upside down birds and flowers all over it.

I’m less concerned with that detail right now.  Right now, I’m more concerned about the fact that the patten I’m using is telling me to cut 2 inch wholes in the corners of my cover.  I don’t understand why, and I’m hesitant to do it, but as Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus say, “It’s time to take risks, get messy, and make mistakes.”  Well, she says something like that.  Spoken like a true Kindergarten teacher.

I'm taking Ms. Frizzle's advice tonight and taking risks on my project.