Friday, August 06, 2010

sew & tell - sewing lessons


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My new friend Jessica confessed to me one day that she had a brand new sewing machine that she has had for several years and had never used it!!  Of course I couldn't let that continue - so I offered to help her learn how to use it.  You know my secret plan to take over the world involves converting unsuspecting women into happy-fabric-loving sewers, right?  Who needs anti-depressants when you can have a fabric fix?  Or the thrill of a finish!?

She wouldn't let me take her picture, but this is what it would have looked like.  Except Jessica has better hair.  And I don't have wood paneled walls. . . but I digress.
NYA: Minnesota:young woman learning to sew.
image via Wikipedia
I had been wanting to make a simple diaper clutch for myself and thought this would be the perfect project for a newbie to learn how to use her machine!  (If you go to Jessica's blog, you will see why she needs one too!  And you will probably laugh a lot while you are there.  Plus leave her some bloggy love - they are about to go through their first deployment.) 

Jess told me at one point that she had the book Bend the Rules Sewing by Amy Karol - which is a delightful book!  side note: One of the things I love about it is the section in the beginning explaining basic sewing concepts.  Even though I've been sewing for a long time I learned a lot of good things there.  It's where I first read about beeswax!  (Which does make hand sewing so much better.)

When she came with the book I remembered that the clutch I wanted to make was actually in this book.  And then realized it's the one on the cover!!
She picked out my scraps of Park Slope by Erin McMorris,
 and a button from my stash to add a little vintage-y interest.
We changed the measurements a tad,
so that these would fit perfectly.
I love how it turned out!  And look at that sweet bicep.  She did let me take an artsy action shot!

I love this quick little project so much I have 4 cut out and ready to sew up!  You will see them here soon.  And I found the cure for my sewer's block - spend some time sewing with a friend, make a mess on your dining room table and JUST. START. CUTTING.

I have a few fun giveaways up my sleeve for the next little bit.  So please stay tuned!  Hint: I got a nice package from none other than AMY BUTLER'S studio that I'm going to share with you.  So get out your Amy Butler patterns and fabric and get your projects ready to share!


What sewing project did you finish this week?

Please refer to the sew & tell page   if you have any questions or wonder why your link may have been  deleted.
1. Link to your specific  post  about a sewing related finish you had THIS week.
2. Please mention sew   & tell in your post and link back to this  post (link or button) so  everyone can join in.
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18 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Stacey said...

I have that book too. There are so many adorable projects. Your diaper holder came out beautifully. I hope your friend will keep on sewing. That's how it started for me. I went to hang at a friend's house to do a little crafty fun and ended up one addicted mommy.

Miri said...

Cute diaper holder!!

I totally agree about teaching people to sew...I used to teach a lot of embassy people and love that they're now quilting all over the world.

Sarah Craig said...

Hi, Amy! I've made that little bag a lot, as a purse, with one change that might help your diaper clutch too - try boxing the bottom with a little line of stitching across each bottom corner - it gives the bag some space to move inside and a little more shape! I use fleece between the layers for heft and it makes a really cool clutch that you can put into a larger diaper bag (as a mom, you might not want to carry a big purse and a diaper bag!)

Catherine said...

What a great little bag and I love the fabrics you made it with.

Rene' said...

You and your friend did a great job!!! Fabulous bag and fabric. Looking forward to seeing the others you make.

randi---i have to say said...

super cute way to tote diapers!!!

i love that book. such great projects and ideas. i recommend it to new sew-ers when they ask what to get at the bookstore! :)

bumblebeebags said...

LOVE it!!! you guys did great!

SewSara said...

i love that book, too. great job!
thanks for hosting the linky party :)

Kristen said...

I'll have to check it out. BTW, were we on the same wavelength or what this week? :) Check out my link. Thanks for the party and motivation as always!

Dayna said...

Ho! Hum! I want to SEW!!! I want to have something to link up! I've had a bit of nostalgia going through the sewing basket of my recently deceased grandmother. I've had several flashbacks of being in the crochet section of the craft store with her when I was a child.

I love the diaper clutch! I've had a couple of friends ask me to teach them, too, now that I'm finally back on US soil. Thanks for the inspiration. Amy Karol's book is a great resource. Perhaps I'll use that, too, to help my friends.

Looking forward to joining all of you as soon as we get into a house and receive our shipment...

beth said...

It IS fun to sew with friends. Glad you were able to get such a cute project finished. Jessica will surely catch the "sewing bug" after that!!

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

I love all the links!! Great projects!

Lappedamen said...

What a fun sewing project! Nice work. It's so nice to have good sewing friends.

Shay said...

GO JESSICA GO!! You are so awesome Amy. I love how you have inspired me to sew again too. I'm actually off to finsh my baby blanket for the car seat right now...just thought I'd blog stalk you first...cuz I miss you. Hopefully we can get together next week!

Roslyn said...

Super gift idea for a Mom.

Teresa said...

Your friend did a great job! I have taught 2 women to quilt at this base so far, they have both PCSed... hopefully they will teach one or two eventually and it will spiderweb out.

Birdie said...

Yes, I am jealous...but I can't stay mad when everything you sew is so cute!!

sewtakeahike said...

how fun Amy! the clutch turned out so cute! and I love the new photo-links for sew&tell. very nice!

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