When I borrowed my mother's sewing machine a few years ago, wanting to learn how to sew, I brought it home and never even took it out of it's case. For about a year and a half. So I was a bit hesitant to ask my family to pitch in and get me a sewing machine for Christmas, but I was pretty confident I was truly in a place where I would use it.
I attempted to make a wallet for my credit cards, based on a project in this book by this girl that I bought long before I even had the sewing machine. I'm finding that I'm a bit too impatient, and need to slow down and read everything through and do a better job of measuring and cutting. Is it going to take a sewing machine to get me to learn patience??? Time to go buy some cheap-o fabric for a few more practice projects. I'm probably trying to tackle too many things at once with the sewing, but I have learned a bit and am really enjoying the process so far.
Here's my before: I have to actually use an iron. I may have to buy one that's NOT the cheapest one available. Also need an ironing board, but my coffee table is working for now.
Here's my during: I think the theory is that you pin it all together and then all your layers stay lined up when you sew them together. um, yeah, gotta work on the technique here.
And the after: it's all together, I just put one pocket on backwards and sewed way too far away from the edge. so I can't fit any actual credit cards into it. It was called the "no cash wallet" but I may have to dub this the "no plastic wallet." Or something.