Although I took a brief sewing course when I was in junior high, I’ve only recently started learning how to really sew on my own. I bought a sewing machine in September 2005 for the purpose of learning, and it’s definitely been an experience so far. I’ve never felt so intimidated by a piece of machinery before, but I hope to get to a point where I feel as comfortable using it or a needle to sew as I do using an envelope template and bone folder to make envelopes.
Here’s some info on projects I’ve completed so far, as well as a few links to pages that I’ve found to be helpful.
This was one of the projects I had in mind when I first got my sewing machine, although I didn’t know quite where to begin. Fortunately, I found a great tutorial on a LiveJournal community for making lined drawstring bags, and off I went. Here are the ones I’ve created so far, including photos of the inside lining on each.
Hello Kitty Stuffed Toy
This is the first stuffed “thing” I made, and it was done for a Hello Kitty swap organized on Craftster. I machine-stitched the white pieces together, leaving an opening for stuffing, and then the rest was hand-sewed, including stitching on the eyes and nose with a blanket stitch and making the bow. Although I had some trouble getting started on it, I think it turned out pretty well and I learned a bit too.
I created these two as a proof of concept for myself, and as part of a swap with a local craft group. The first doubles as a pincushion and the second is based on my favorite symbol/flower from Japanese culture, the cherry blossom or sakura.
A friend gave a demo at our local craft group on making these zippered pouches, and I’ve made several since. They’re fairly quick to make and can be done in any size and fabric.
After seeing variations on tote bags on different craft sites, I thought I’d try making one myself. I got a bit of help from another craft blogger and have made a few since then. It’s fairly similar to making a zippered pouch, but with handles instead of a zipper.