Friday, June 19, 2009

Sewing Projects

Even before I got in to jewelry making I had a love for sewing. I love being able to transform a simple piece of fabric into something functional and stylish. My boyfriend bought me a new sewing machine for my birthday a few months ago to replace the broken one (so sad!) thats still collecting dust in my closet.

The first thing I made myself was a purse. It's cute but the sewing isn't so good on it. I couldn't figure out how to line it and get the straps to line up. I love it anyway!

My friend saw it and loved it too so I told her I would make one for her. I used a different pattern that looks more like a handbag and less like a grocery sack like mine. I gotta say I am proud of how it came out. A few amateur sewing mistakes like the inner pockets being in the wrong spots... oops!...but overall it looks pretty good. Thanks to tinyhappy for the tutorial.

And now Z... here is your bag!:

The straps are nice and long so you could wear this as a messenger bag like I am here.
I made this one about 2 inches taller than the pattern. It actually fits my laptop perfectly so I might have to make one for myself.

I was feeling really ambitious that week so after I got her bag done I started in on a sewing machine cover for my machine. Now its a very stylish machine and protected from dust and a never ending supply of cat hair...ha ha!

Here is the super easy tutorial I used for my cover. I made a few added embellishments by making the cover a few inches longer than my machine and folding up the inner lining for a contrasting pattern. I also added a brown satin ribbon while I topstitched the folded up piece for a little something extra.


BPR Designs said...

Pretty darn cute, I must say!!


LillyShayStyle said...

The purse is cute, but I love that sewing machine cover, very stylish!

OliveStreetStudio said...

I love the fabrics you've chosen...especially teh teal paisely - a gREAT machine cover! Mine is plastic,so I may follow the tutorial. :-) Thx for theinfo!