A Borrowed Sewing Machine and an Urge to Craft

I recently came into temporary possession of a sewing machine since my friend, Rebekah, and her husband were headed out of town for a couple of weeks to visit with family for Christmas.  Again, its this Pinterest thing that has sparked my interest ;) in creating for myself things that would be useful for our home.  I thought I would display the couple of items I’ve been working on over the holidays…

First, I tried my hand at making a little beanie for Charlotte to wear during the first few months of her life which will be in the middle of freezing weather :) This project was probably not the best one to start with considering that I’ve never ever ever sewn a thing in my life!  It turns out that the material used to make the beanie (jersey knit) is incredible difficult to work with, and for that reason, you are viewing a picture of my second attempt, the first one being quite ugly :) My skills could definitely use some improvement, but this one will do…
I am also planning to make some more flowers (and maybe bows?) to go with the hat.  You can see from the picture of the purple flower (which is actually the back) that I’ve included a button, which corresponds with a button hole on the beanie, so that the flowers are interchangeable!

My second project was to make a couple of zipper pouches that could accommodate all the necessary items for Charlotte and Abigail during nursery time at church or any other outings really.  I decided that I didn’t want to be carrying a purse and 2 diaper bags to church 3 or more times a week (and we aren’t super fans of the diaper bag we have right now anyways…don’t worry, it was free), so my solution is to keep these “diaper pouches” in my purse (which is now a big one that can definitely accommodate these pouches and my own personal items…thanks to a dear friend) and just drop the pouches off with each child during nursery time.  Each pouch is about the size of a piece of paper and is about 3 inches deep on the bottom.  The one on the left is Charlotte’s and the right is Abigail’s.

So after becoming slightly acquainted with a sewing machine and successfully (I think) accomplishing a couple of projects, I’ve added a sewing machine to my “I wish I had…” list :) Though I am definitely not even a little bit jealous of all the women before me who had to hand stitch all their family’s clothing, I definitely enjoyed the feeling of making something useful for our family (and its cheaper than buying them!)

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3 thoughts on “A Borrowed Sewing Machine and an Urge to Craft

  1. I think you’ve done great on your first attempts at sewing. The only way is just to do it. I love the pouches. You should start making these to sell.

  2. I recently dusted off my sewing machine which had been sitting out in the garage for a several years. Never having been a real seamstress, I’m impressed that you actually attempted and successfully accomplished making button holes and installing zippers. Nice!

    Enjoying reading your blog. I got the address from Dr. Moore’s tweet today. I will definitely visit again. Blessings!

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