I am now so completely hooked on using a sewing machine. Or, I guess I should say sew completely hooked. 🙂 Thanks to my friend Debbie, I have now learned the basics of machine sewing. And wow, is it so much faster than hand sewing.
This past weekend, I completed my very first machine sewing project. And, I did it all by myself! What did I sew? How about two throw pillows.
I know this might be insanely easy for those of you who sew, but this was a huge deal for me. I had to measure the fabric, cut it, fold it, sew it, and close it. That is a HUGE deal!
I even finished in a few hours, though as you can see from the picture it did take me into the night.
No destash project here, though I did use two old throw pillows for the inserts.
I bought the fabric from Joann Fabric. I almost didn’t buy this exact fabric because it was a little pricey, at least for my wallet ($10 a yard and I needed two yards). But I thought it would be better to get home decor fabric instead of quilting fabric, so I went for it. I am glad I did, because when the fabric was scanned it was on sale for $6 a yard!
And yesterday while looking through the new Pottery Barn catalog, I came across a pillow that looks very similar to mine.
Too cool! Their pillow covers are $29 a piece. I spent $13 for both!!! And, I like my fabric better with the blue, green, and tan stripes. It matches my room perfectly.
Having used the pillows for a few days now, boy am glad I went for the home decor fabric. It is thicker and doesn’t wrinkle! I now need to make a slip cover in this material. Yeah, right! I think that is a little advanced for me. Maybe I’ll just buy a new couch. 🙂 Though my slipcover does look a lot better now that I ironed it.
So now that I am completely obsessed with machine sewing, I am looking for sewing blogs/websites. Anyone have any suggestions? I have already checked out Sew Mama Sew, Whip Up, and Purl Bee. Any others that are must reads? Or any great free patterns?
I have something sweet that I’ll be attempting to sew this weekend. I’ll post my pics next week.