Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Here's my first attempt at making a stuffed toy, something I've been really wanting to try. The pattern is a freebie from WeeWonderfuls.com by Hilary Lang. This was definitely the most challenging project so far (I've done so many). These are actually the 3rd and 4th bunnies I've done. The very first one was lumpy and crooked, not worth showing. The second one was 100 times better and went to Florida for my cousin's baby girl's first birthday. These two are for Liv and Jackson. The reject bunny went with my sister, so it didn't get burned :). I've learned a lot of new things from these cute bunnies, how to manage curves on the sewing machine, an intro into embroidery, and how to do a blind hem stitch. My Mom gave me quite a few helpful tips along the way (Thanks Mom!). They are still not perfect but as my Mom says they never are. Though I would be happier if they were a little less not perfect :). Ah well, I'll get there with more practice. I had a lot of fun making these little guys. I'm sure there will be more bunnies in my future, but for now I'm ready to tackle something new...just have to decide what that's going to be :).
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I found this idea on MarthaStewart.com. I made three and LOVE them! A bib that actually covers and absorbs what a novel idea ;). I have come a long way just in two projects. My stitching has gotten much straighter (which is much easier to do if you don't man handle the fabric I've found), and have gotten better at pinning (harder than you would think), and as you can see I was confident enough to use contrast stitching on the bias tape which I think looks quite cute. As far as kinks along the way I have successfully jammed my machine a couple of times and have broken my first needle, which is all good because you make mistakes and learn how to fix the mess you made and hopefully avoid the mess in the future. It is all so much fun!
Here's my first project! Far from perfect, but complete :). The bottom seam is a little crooked and so is some of the stitching, but I learned a lot and had a lot of fun. Most importantly Olivia really likes it. I didn't use a pattern, just some fabric that I already had...which decided the dimensions for me, it ended up being just the right size!
As mentioned in my profile I have a brand spankin' new sewing machine and here she is! Isn't she pretty?! Olivia likes "Momma's special machine", especially all the buttons, but when I actually start running it she runs out of the room! I don't have a name for my machine yet so any suggestions are welcome. Maybe something that starts with an P, because of her make name? Anyway I am having a ton of fun learning to use my machine and creating fun things.