Monday, December 21, 2009

2009 Sewing Projects

I need a place to keep track of these, so I figured this blog would be a good starting point! I posted about my Christmas sewing projects a couple of days ago. This is a list of all the projects I've made this year with my trusty sewing machine....

First, a bit of history: I had an old, black, cast iron Singer that I inherited. It did one straight stitch--and did it splendidly...until I was finishing up the 5th of the 6 Christmas stockings I was making last year. And it was a couple of weeks before Christmas. And it died. Kaput. May it rest in peace.

So, my wonderful husband heard about a sewing machine sale and sent me off to get a new one. WOW... the newer machines can do so many things!!! I got a Janome mid-price model and have used it so much ever since. I never knew what I was missing! My husband may regret that purchase because since then I've spent a lot of time sewing...and not as much time cleaning house :).

I've definitely become a better seamstress this year and am glad I've taken the time to practice and make some smaller projects. It's very rewarding to gain expertise in a skill and hobby you enjoy.

So, without further ado, the list of projects (links to pictures are being updated as I get the pictures up...):

  • 5 toddler purses (blue, pink, and a group of three)
  • 2 tiered "twirly" skirts for my daughter (short and long)
  • 1 queen-sized bed quilt
  • 2 basic reversible totes
  • Mom's Sunday School tote
  • 1 passport neck pouch
  • 3 window valances
  • 2 tea cozies and matching finger grips
  • 3 drawstring bags for preschool girls
  • 6 women's aprons
  • 1 men's apron
  • 1 "mom bag" for Erin
  • 1 tablerunner

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Sewing Projects

This blog seems an appropriate place to list my Christmas projects for this year (and this will explain why I never contribute to this blog--I'm rarely bored! :) ). Sewing is a terrific hobby if you have young children because you can stop and start easily and even put a project on the shelf for 6 months (unlike cooking or gardening or other more time-sensitive pursuits). It's also quiet--even if your machine is noisy, you can always cut and iron fabric during naptime and get all the prep work out of the way.

Here's what I made for Christmas this year (as I type this, I'm keenly aware that I should be working on the remaining projects... ahem... items with asterisks (*) still need to be completed....).

6 women's aprons (* 1 left)
1 man's apron*
3 toddler superhero capes*
2 tote bags
1 table runner (that, alas, has been rejected due to recipient moving into a new house!)

On the docket for January (items for upcoming birthdays and/or requests from the peanut gallery)
1 t-shirt quilt
3 tote bags (plus 1 for me if I can squeeze it in)
3 laptop sleeves
1 apron
1 preschooler's dress :)
1 purse

Someday, when I have time, I'll post some pictures of my projects. They're getting better, so it's been rewarding to see what all the practice has done for my skill level.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Spring Time=Nature Time

Found a great new book. My son is super excited. It is a nature journal. Granted at his age I will have to copy most of his thoughts down, but still cool. You can draw (and it prompts you on ideas), journal, make snacks, collect leaves, records trips you take, etc. It is not evolutionists in any way (big factor for me!) Check it out. We found it at Bass Pro, but you can also find it on Amazon.