Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The History of it All.

I'm trying sew hard to become proficient at something creative. I have long called myself the most "uncreative person on Earth" - I just didn't get that gene. So a couple of months ago, I was forced into sewing when my 5 year old son brought home a pattern from Kindergarten that instructed me to sew him a puppet costume. After many phone calls, and an hour of reading the instruction manual for my never-before-used-machine, I finally got to make a mommy date with the most gifted sewer I know. (you can find her blog to the right, Mama Said Sew) That was my first official project and as per usual, I didn't get a picture of it. But I have captured every project after that, and they are shown below. I hope you'll visit my blog often to see what I'm up to each week and offer up your opinions and advice!

A Taggy Blanket for my 9 month old, made with real tags. I was hoping he'd fall in love with this and never let it leave his sight, maybe even take it to college with him..... but I learned he could give less than a youknowwhat about it.

A blanket for Baby Joshua. This project taught me just how important it is to make sure your fabric has straight edges! Especially when your material has lines on it.

This headband made for my 3 year old taught me that my sewing machine wants nothing to do with elastic. I can't tell you how many times it jammed up and I had to start all over again. In the end I just ended up hand-stitching the elastic in.. and I could write an entire blog about how terrible I am at that!

A blanket for Baby Miranda McCoy. This one was a LOT harder than I ever thought it would be. I learned that I am not quite ready to be working with satin trim. As you'll notice in all the pictures, that may have been the last time for a long while that I will ever use a satin trim.

The project for Baby Lauren Malavar is probably my favorite so far. It had a flannel back, basic cotton on front with colors and theme to match the nursery. I originally intended for the pillow to be much bigger, but unfortunately the majority (not all) of the employees at Walmart's fabric department haven't quite figured out how to cut a straight line. (we have something in common) At any rate, by the time I had trimmed the edges and sewn my pillowcase, it was the wrong size and the wrong shape. So it came out as a much smaller baby pillow, stuffed and top stitched all the around. I personally love it :)

Now I'm on to posting about what I created today........


Christy said...

Thanks for the lovely compliment. I'm glad you've caught the sewing bug! You've done very well by just jumping right in. :)

Cheeziemommie said...

I've been wondering, do you wash your fabric before you sew it? It was something my mom recommended so that when people end up washing what you made them, it won't distort. It makes for an extra step, and MORE trimming than I'd like but I'm thinking in the long run as far as gifts go it might be worth it!