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« on: November 18, 2007 03:13:54 PM »

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I am a basic kind of crafter. Give me some glue and some elegant card stock and I'll make you something lovely. But my sewing envy could not go on forever unchecked. I collected fabric and notions and petted them. I acquired a sewing machine and today! At last! I completed my first project. I took lots of pictures because I'm so proud. I'd love tips from veterans and aesthetic critics alike. Smiley But be kind: it's my first ever! (and I am a bit awful at photography)

The completed project front. I got this Beatrix Potter toile in a scrap bag from Repro Depot. The yellow was a hobby lobby sale. Woo hoo!

Completed project back. The ribbons came on a wedding gift (a year and a half ago!) and matched the toile perfectly. I stitched those on by hand with embroidery floss after the case was done.

The inspiration: a 7 year-old pillow cover from Pottery Barn--showing it's age.

What the heck--how about a side view? I'm so proud.

Welllll....mostly. Tips for keeping stuff from ripping the first time you take the case off the pillow? It didn't seem too small, but my seams were definitely wobbly!

Taking its rightful place on the bed.

Thanks for looking!

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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2007 03:33:28 PM »

Congratulations!  You did a great first-time project!  I'm grateful that my first sewing project, whatever it was, is no longer around, because it certainly wasn't that nice.  Of course, I was probably about 9 years old.  Anyway, the first way I ever learned to keep the fabric from fraying on the seams was to use the zig-zag stitch around the edges of all my pieces of cut fabric, usually before stitching the pieces together.  I still do that, because I don't have a Serger.  Pinking shears also help reduce fraying, if you've got them sharp enough to cut fabric.

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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2007 03:45:53 PM »

I think it's a beautiful pillow and you did a beautiful job!  I usually use pinking shears to keep the edges from fraying.  Great work though!  I learned to sew years ago and I just got back into it.  My seams were a bit wobbly too but after a few projects and learning my new Bernina a bit better I had it mastered.  Your seams will get better as you do more but I think that they look great now!  Can't wait to see more from you!
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2007 09:15:10 PM »

Wow MRT!

You did great. I'm more proud than a momma bird watching her baby bird take its first flight.

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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2007 07:22:37 AM »

Loverly! It's even prettier in person!

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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2007 10:57:12 AM »

Hooray for first sewing projects and Beatrix Potter. I usually zig zag the edges after sewing the pieces together. Less work that way. great job.

« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2007 09:15:42 PM »

Looks great. To help when learning to sew straight seams, put a small strip of masking take along side the presser foot. The standard seam when you begin is 5/8 inch. That was in the old days of woven fabric. Also on long seams, do an occasional back few stitches. Keeps the thread from breaking .
If you have very ravelling cloth, try a bit of a product Fray Check. It comes in a small bottle , it is clear and will help at places like corners or any where you need to clip.

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