I have a hand-me-down sewing machine. Have had for a few years, in fact. But more often than not, I would glance at it and think, I don't sew. That's it, just I don't sew as though it were something I could not change. As though I were saying, My eyes aren't blue, never will be.
Well as Christmas was approaching and my fingers were knitting themselves into knots I started thinking, I need a new hobby. And there was my sewing machine, dusty and looking sorry for itself. So, just for fun, I started perusing the internet, looking for beginning sewing patterns. I came across one that I fell in love with.
So I begged my sewing-master friend Beth to give me a lesson. For a couple hours she walked me through how to cut fabric, topstitch, and add batting. With her help, and then finishing it myself the next day, I made what I set out to make: a Pyrex carrying cover. My mom always seems to be delivering a meal to someone, so I gave it to her for Christmas.
But then after adding up the cost of that little project I started feeling gloomy. Fabric is expensive (on sale for $5/yard--gee thanks), and I didn't know how I would ever accumulate enough to create a good stash.
Fortunately, I came across a blog that suggested buying fabric second-hand. Sheets, towels, tablecloths...anything made of fabric at a thrift store is fair game.
This was the most genius idea I had ever come across (in the world of sewing). So I ran to the Salvation Army and grabbed 4 sheet sets for about $8. There's a couple YARDS of fabric in EACH sheet so really, the cost per yard is negligible. (I then promptly washed them all because they had that certain Salvation Army smell. But now they smell just like my dryer sheets. And they also smell a bit like a bargain, if you ask me, which is a totally lovely scent.)
I decided this is the perfect way to learn how to sew. I can practice making things and if I mess up, it only cost me a few cents.
Sigh of relief. I can now continue to pursue my new hobby.
So the first thing I did was learn how to ruffle and, using one of those sheets, I made myself an apron. I did not use a pattern, but I knew what I wanted it to look like in the end. And after reading several sewing blogs and tutorials on line, all the info I needed was in my head somewhere, in bits and pieces.
Success (as long as I don't show you the back side)!
Then I made a little pin cushion for my sewing machine, so I'd have somewhere to put all the pins I pull out as I'm sewing along.
Then I saw a sprocket pillow and I knew I wanted to make one. So I got out some floral sheets and went to work.
I kind of love this pattern, and if you made it bigger it could be an awesome floor pillow. Perfect for a playroom and also so very zen.
But so far it was all just little things. What I really wanted to make was my first quilt. I found instructions for the "world's most simple quilt" and knew that was the one for me.
I no longer believe everything I read.
Seriously, if THIS is the easiest quilt in the world, I'm in trouble.
However, in the spirit of not giving up, I decided to finish it no matter what.
And last night, I did.
It's a small quilt, lap size (or Topher-sized, if it weren't so darn flowery), but it is a quilt.
And I sewed it myself. Without too much trouble.
Or something like that.
Now does anybody need a quilt and matching pillow?