So my beginner sewing class is over and out of everything I learned, I would say two primary lessons stuck out to me the most:
- You are never too old for adult supervision.
- Even when the class isn’t graded, everyone knows who the best student was. (Hint: I was the best! Those little old ladies were way too slow to keep up with me. I win.)
In all honesty, I was super sad that this class was only 4 weeks. It literally took all of my self-restraint not to write posts about sewing every day. But let me make this clear: just because I wasn’t writing about it, doesn’t mean I wasn’t going completely fabric crazy behind the scenes.
Aside from the pillowcase and the three other projects I made for sewing class, I decided I would try my hand at a few unsupervised beginner projects. This, of course, meant a trip to Joann’s Fabrics which unfortunately coincided with a HUGE sale where almost all sewing-related supplies were 40-50% off. (If there is a god, I would take this as a sign that she is feisty and likes to go out of her way to test my willpower.) Somehow, beyond all capacity for reason, I managed to walk out of there with only the supplies I needed, plus a few extra fat quarters. (I told Adam it was in case I messed up, but really it’s because they were on sale and I couldn’t decide. So many pretty colors!)
Throughout all of this activity, my sewing machine (heretofore known formally as the “dust-catching machine that can also conveniently be used to block the always-hungry cat from eating all of the other cats food”) has performed admirably, even if it only wants to sew on a diagonal. Straight lines are overrated.
Project #1: Coasters
Project #1 was whatever pattern I could find that was easy (and free) on Pinterest. So we went with coasters! The simple pattern I found called for 3 fat quarters which is the best way to buy fabric because you don’t have to ask the sales people to cut the fabric for you. (Being anti-social is the only way to shop.) Naturally, I read up very precisely on how to make these and then completely disregarded all the instructions. (When it comes to the road less traveled, I say go big or go home.)
Surprisingly, they came out both square(ish) and (mostly) usable. Win!
Project #2: Camera Strap
Since Adam was gone for the weekend, I also decided to make a camera strap. This was done without a pattern because nothing says “I’m already an expert sewer who doesn’t need any direction” like finishing 2 projects (one of which was completely supervised).
Project #3: Drawstring Bag
Look at this adorable bag! LOOK AT IT! It has girls in twirly dresses holding balloons on it. You simply can’t go wrong with a fabric like that.
This project was done under supervision and introduced us to making gussets which sounds super complicated and impressive so I’m just not going to tell you what they are and let you be awed by my superior talent.
Project #4: Zippered Pouch
Sewing is a funny hobby because it suddenly makes adults genuinely fearful of everyday objects. Cutting fabric? Dear god no! That involves scissors and 2nd grade-level math! Need to add a zipper? The horror! I can’t even bear the idea of working with a contraption so complex!
Seriously though, zippers were the cause of much class-related anxiety for all of us students so I would appreciate it if you would take a moment to marvel at the craftsmanship you see below.
Project #5: Kitchen Apron
My crowning glory. First of all, it involves teacups AND polka dots and is therefore greater than any other apron ever created. Second, I didn’t get it finished in the 2 hour class period so I had to go home and finished unsupervised. Despite this, it still turned out wearable! Not sure when I’ll ever get a chance to use it though since it’s too pretty to ever get dirty. On the plus side, the pockets are big enough to hold the smallest of my two cats so if nothing else, it can be used as an adorable way to unintentionally torture my pets.