This is my TARDIS bag! I fell in love with the spoonflower fabric here, and even though it was expensive ($30 a yard!), I had to have it. I wish the lining matched better, but both fabrics were purchased separately online. I altered this pattern slightly to make 3 pockets on the inside as well as a key leash so I don't have to fish for my keys every time I need them. The pin I bought from here, it's a little lower quality than I thought it would be, but I think it'll be fine for my purposes.
This is a Doctor Who bag I made for a friend for Christmas. I recently got her into the show, and she finished all the new seasons within a month!
I first used the images posted by a reddit user here. I went into photoshop and put them all side by side, then printed it out on freezer paper. After filling in the tiny parts with a black marker, I cut out all the pieces with an exacto knife, then ironed it onto blue duck cloth and painted over. The quote I wrote free hand in silver paint.
After a few days of drying, I used this pattern to sew it into a bag. I'm actually pretty impressed with how it came out!
My sister asked me for a black and pink striped purse. Of course, I could only find this specific fabric online and it was $20 a yard, plus $8 shipping. I've never really pieced anything before, but stripes couldn't be too hard, right?
So I bought black and pink duck canvas at Joann's and pieced striped together. I didn't really follow a tutorial for the bag, but luckily it turned out pretty good in the end. I definitely had to rip out a couple seams and there's some mistakes, but hopefully I'm the only one who notices those. lol
My first few projects have gone quite well (so far). Last weekend I made a couple mug rugs, and decided I wanted to make a fold over clutch from a tutorial I found. This is.... the fifth thing I've ever sewn (I think? Maybe 6th or 7th). There are mistakes, but only if you look carefully. It was fairly easy, but I don't think I really needed to print out all eleven pages of the pattern as I didn't understand most of it anyway, and ended up assembling it similar to the way this one was assembled.
I used a home decor weight fabric for the outside, and Kona cotton for the lining, which I backed with fusible heavyweight interfacing. I originally used fusible interfacing on the inner pocket, but I thought it was too much, so I just used 2 pieces of fabric instead of one.
Not the best picture of the lining, but it was hard to photograph. It's a real pretty dark pink and has a pocket. The pattern was really confusing, so I just kind of winged it. It also had the pocket split in half, but I liked it better this way.
I also decided to use the outside fabric as the zipper pull instead of the ribbon the pattern called for. Winged this, too by folding the edges of the fabric into itself to meet in the center, then folding in half and stitching.
It was also meant to have pretty covered end tabs for the zipper, but those got lost inside lol. I still love it, though, I'm pretty excited to take it out with me.
BONUS! Going to see the Hunger Games later, found a place for my pin!
About a month ago, I decided I wanted to learn to sew. I got a refurbished Brother computerized sewing machine off eBay for around $110. Went to Joann's, picked up some fabric, and figured it out with the help of the manual and a few patterns online (thank you, Pinterest and Craftster). So far, I've made a pincushion, a sewing machine dust cover, a clutch, and a drapey cardigan (made out of two long sleeve t-shirts, which I don't have pictures of yet).
My machine came with around 8 or 9 different presser feet, and I originally wanted to quilt. Last night, I wanted to make tea with my little tea-for-one set and have it in the living room. I have a mug rug I bought in the computer room, but... that's where that goes. I didn't have a mug rug for the living room. It couldn't take too long, so I decided I was going to make one. And so I did. It took about... an hour? I had to read the manual and figure out how to take off the presser foot and the holder thing, and then put on the quilting foot.
Voila! Also, all the mug rug patterns I found were for patchwork ones or something, so I kind of winged it. We still had a brand-new flannel flat sheet (I hate flat sheets) in the bedroom, so I cut that up and sandwiched it between the two fabrics, sewed around the edges (inside out), turned it right side out, and kind of just.... scribbled. I think actual quilters have like... stippling patterns they follow, but I basically was a three year old and just had fun. I like it, and it served its purpose.
Then I made another one this morning to replace the one I bought for the computer room.
I'm just not a practice-and-learn kinda girl. I figure if I mess it up, I can rip out the seam and try again. So far, so good!
I've had a pretty tough week. Last week, our dog tore the skin off one of his paw pads and wouldn't stop licking it so he's in a cone collar. Then I started my new job this week, while still finishing up my old job, which meant I was slinging lattes starting at 5am, then learning an entirely new computer system at the landscaping company I'm now at. Today is my first day off in a week and I wanted something pretty. For some reason, I convinced myself I could do it last night. I was completely wiped, and after ripping out seams for the 3rd or 4th time, I put it down and went to bed. Spinal issues had me up at 6am (well, that and the fact that I'm used to getting up at 3:30 for work), so I went ahead and finished.
The front band is a little slanted, and the lining is very slightly bunched, but it's completely functional! Also really pretty. I only just got a sewing machine 2 weeks ago, and this is maybe the 4th thing I've ever sewn. The logical part of my brain says I should start on easy things, but luckily the creative side says if I go slow and read everything 20 times, it can't be that hard. It's the first purse/clutch I've made, the first time I've ever changed the foot on my sewing machine, AND the first ruffles/gathering I've ever done, as well as the first zipper I've ever inserted. I used this tutorial I found on Pinterest. My boyfriend's family is coming down from Michigan (we're in NC) for his birthday in a few weeks and I'm thinking about making these for the girls.... maybe that's a little ambitious. lol
This didn't seem to fit anywhere but here. I shall not lie; I'm pretty impressed with myself! Both my Grandmother and Mom were sewers, as well as crocheters and wood workers. I taught myself to knit 5 or 6 years ago, and decided a month or two ago that I needed a sewing machine. I only ever sewed anything once, a pillow for Home Ec. Around 15 years ago lol. But I was confident that it wouldn't be that hard. I must have the crafting gene, because it turns out I taught myself this, too! I bought a Brother XR7700 on eBay, refurbished for about $120.
It had this weird picture frame that is basically a little door you open to see all the stitches you can do (70, I think? I've only used a couple of them so far). It had this weird picture of a puppy that didn't come out, but I found out that it was the perfect size of an index card, so I grabbed a small piece of fabric, sewed it on, and stuck it in there. I'm not counting that as a project lol. Before I bought it, I saw this link on Pinterest for a really cute pincushion. Piecing? For a beginner? As a first project? I figured I'd just go slow. It was weird sewing in a circle and it's not perfect, but I love it.
Then I found this link on Pinterest also. I held out, thinking maybe the sewing machine would come with a plastic dust cover and I could wait and do a few more small projects before attempting something bigger, but no dice. It didn't even come with a BOX. It did come with lots of extra feet and pretty much everything else, and it was packaged really well, but it was kind of packed in thick padding in the shipping box inside a plastic bag. So I had to make a dust cover so it wouldn't get dusty and make the inside parts clunky, right?
Just LOOK AT THAT even stitching. So impressed with myself, not gonna lie. I followed her entire tutorial except at the end where she was talking about putting it together with right sides facing. But then I got lost and didn't know what she was talking about. So I pinned the bottom, pressed it with an iron and sewed all the way around. Came out really well, don't you think?
i just picked up Debbie Stoller's The Happy Hooker yesterday and i've just learned the single crochet. i've decided to go ahead and just make a scarf. i chained a bunch, and i've started the next row, but i notice it is kind of spiraling as i go along. will it straighten itself out, or will i need to block it?
(note: i've been knitting for a few years, and i'm kind of worried that this is kind of like Stockinette stitch that curls no matter what you do to it. lol. put my mind at ease!!)