Saturday, February 19, 2011

First EVER Sewing Project

It's winter, I'm frozen.  Usually I will make a heating pack using a wet towel, ziploc bag, and the microwave.  It works, but I decided to try to sew one of my own out of fabric...using my sewing machine!  What what??  I've had my machine for about 6 years now, the hubs bought it for me for my birthday one year.  I used it a little, but the clutter in our small apartment made it tough for me to want to learn to use it.  A couple months ago I asked my Mom to teach me some stuff on it, but when we got started we found out the backstitch button was busted.  So....it had to be repaired and serviced.  Now though, I got it back and today I broke it out to make myself a stinking heating pack so my feet aren't popsicles when the hubs (human furnace) isn't around.  For my fabric I used a bedskirt that my parents bought me in college.  I won't tell you how long ago that was, but suffice it to say that the thing is pretty close to vintage status now.  For the inside bag I used the white fabric in the middle and then stuff it with rice.  Here's how that turned out:
Doesn't look too bad, does it??  I was proud when I got that done.  Check out my seam at the end though, not so pretty.
Once that was all done I made the case.  I would have liked to make it into a belted pack, but I have to work tonight.  Time is of the essence here people.
Of course I added some rosettes because, well, it's for me and I wanted them.  Ignore the seam on the pillowcase, it is not pretty.  Here's the finished product:
To keep me on track, I used Lelanie's belted pack tutorial at To Sew With Love.  Check it out, hers turned out oodles better than mine.  That woman's got skills.  Speaking of To Sew With Love, don't forget to check out the giveaway they are hosting for my etsy shop!!!

29 comments:

MommaVK said...

Hey Shawna I finally got my problem with posting comments straightened out!
I think you did a good job on this - especially since it's your first real try at sewing. It looks great and I assume it does the trick right?
Keep up the wonderful work on everything you do/create. From now on I will be able to comment on here. YAY!!!

Sylvie Créative said...

It looks great!

Anonymous said...

It's very pretty and for a first project--you did GOOD!

I like the colors and the flowers. Don't worry about the seams either, the more you sew the more you'll improve but i would check out the tension settings on your machine. Looks like it might be a little off an need an adjustment. Do you have a manual with our sewing machine? If you do you can find the tension setting in it.

Jill said...

Great job! It's really cute. I love the colors.
--Jill, from jillmadeit.blogspot.com

M* {Daydream Believers} said...

What a lovely first project! :) Great job! Happy sewing! :)

April said...

Very cute! Thanks for wanting to participate in the giveaways. Can you send me your email address so I can email you some info....I can't seem to find one for you. Thanks! ~ April

Anne said...

super cute!

Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder said...

Your first sewing project? For real?!! It turned out awesome. Btw, I have your stuff for your package ready; I just don't have it in the envelope yet. It will come eventually. Sorry about that.

mommamikki said...

this is super cool! Love the rosettes!

Tammy @ she wears flowers said...

It looks great! Love those rosettes!

Tammy @ she wears flowers said...

Looks great! Love the rosettes!

Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes} said...

The rosettes really help bring all those colors together! Congrats on successfully completing your first sewing project!

Lori@KitchenFunk said...

Congrats on your first project! I'm pretty new too (used to sew when I was a kid but let's just say its been a while...). I think you did a great job, pretty colors and great flowers. ~ (found you through TCB) ~Lori

Krafty Kat said...

Very cute! Congratulations on completing your 1st sewing project. I have got to get my butt in gear & try my hand at sewing! Thanks for linking up!

...with ♥, SB said...

Thats fun and cute. I just listed my first ever sewing project as well. =) im interested to see what else your gonna make! I have lots of ideas!!

Mom2fur said...

You did a wonderful job! I hope you will do more sewing projects. You'll find it is a rewarding and fun hobby. How about an apron for your next project? There are many free patterns on line and it's easy-peasy.

Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder said...

Featuring this on my blog tomorrow.

Humble Homemaker said...

You did an awesome job! I am also a new sewer and find the whole thing quite terrifying to be honest! lol. You did great. Feel free to hook up to my weekend review link party. It opens fridays through mondays. Hope to see you there! Have a great day.
Humble Homemaking

soldiermom said...

So, so cute!! You did an awesome job!

Jane said...

That is a perfect first sewing project. I made one of those rice bags a few years back and I still use it on cold nights. My dh jokingly calls my feet "the icy tongs of death!" LOL! Keep on sewing! Warning though, it can be addictive!

Eileen @ Cottage Beach House said...

Adorable. I love the little rosettes. I had no idea you could make one of these things to keep warm with!!

Terry said...

Way to go. I have learning to sew on my list of things to do this year too so I am especially impressed. It looks great.

Volleysoft said...

Cute! I'm a new follower from the friday blog hop...stop into my site and leave your froggie prints!

www.imsewcheap.blogspot.com

Let'sMakeADifference said...

So,So cute!!! I'm blog hopping and found your blog. I'm following. Would love for you to check out my blog and follow back! Have a great weekend!

anne maskell said...

It turned out wonderful! Don't put yourself down. You did a great job!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Yeah!!! I just saw the title of your link at Sew Crafty Saturday. I had to come by and say congratulations! It makes me really happy when people take on a first sewing project. Well done!!!

Becolorful said...

How clever and timely. Thanks for sharing on Motivated Monday at BeColorful.
Pam

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

we all have to start somewhere!
I love how your first project turned out.
thanks for sharing @ ccc
gail

Humble Homemaker said...

Thanks for hooking up at my Weekend Link Party! Have a great day.
Humble Homemaking