Background: I've had my Grandma's ancient sewing maching since she passed 12 years ago. I didn't use it much because I sucked so bad, which I don't usually suck at crafty things much and don't handle the suckingness too well. Anyway! My sewing machine finally took a dump and my Mom bought me a Sew Easy by White for Christmas and guess what! Turns out I don't completely suck!! I'm definintely a novice but I can do this!
I finally got some remnants to play with and decided to make a tote bag. This first project took me waaaay longer than I expected for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost, the threading of the new machine. The diagram could not have sucked more and it took me a good 45 minutes to figure out, but I did and that's what counts
Next, I only had linen and no stabilizer so I doubled up the linen (twice the cutting) and put some batting in between the layers and then spent a good hour hand stitching little frilly designs into it.
Third issue was that the impatient little girl working at the fabric dept of Walmart impatiently cut my black with white polka dot strapping at 2 yards without my confirming that's what I wanted, and it wound up being way to short. So I improvised and altered the strapping a bit shorter adding some black w/ pink polka dots that I had just enough of to act as the handles and had to stitch all that together in a manner that would look intentional. So hours later I did it. I made a bag that holds a pretty hefty weight so far, and I think, is cute
here's the detail of my details, lol. You can't tell because of the flash but the stitching is in black.
So, then I got to thinking that I really wanted a bag that I could carry around easily all day at the Monster Truck Jam this weekend (tomorrow now) and decided to make a little messenger-style bag. I went to Joann Fabrics to get my stabilizer and got all caught up in the remnants bin and found, among other things, some pretty green canvas-y fabric. It wasn't until a few hours later while showing off my booty to a couple coworkers that I realized how great the green canvas stuff would work for my next bag, so I didn't even need the stabilizer but that's okay because believe it or not I have orders for more purses now!!!! So, I'm sure it will get used. Anyway, here is my messenger bag! I plan on putting a patch or something on the flap because it's bit plain right now but anyway...
In addition to these being my first successful projects, this is my first post on craftster. If it weren't for this site and all the helpful hints and guides I came across during the planning process I'm sure things wouldn't have turned out at all good- so thanks to everyone who posts their things and especially to those who have taken the time to post tutorials!!! This site has quickly proven to me to be very helpful and I can't wait to make some friends with other crafty peeps