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Friday, January 11, 2008

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.

6 comments:

rachel said...

that is great! you should see the hats i've knitted as i'm learning how that stuff works. the punchline is that none of them actually fit my head. practice makes perfect. by the way, i have a table-top ironing board in my "garage sale" pile. you are welcome to it, if ya like. it's smaller than full-size, which may not be what you want. i love the gold fabric you used.

jen said...

hey rachel,

I think I'm going to go for a full-sized board, but thanks for the offer! maybe you can start selling your too-small hats to kids :)

Dave said...

Jen...was that sarcasm?

jen said...

towards Rachel? no way! I'm nice to my friends :-)

and YOUR blog is the sarcasm blog, anyway.

rachel said...

I sent the little hat to my little niece. She's only 15 months old. The hat is too small for even her. It has been relegated to the teddy bear, and I am just fine with that. Do you know anyone with a really, really big head? Or a really really big teddy bear?

jen said...

Rachel:

ha! don't you just love the learning process?? we've got to hang out sometime soon…it's been too long…