Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I actually sewed....

So on Saturday my mojo was not in scrapbooking.  My mind went a little hay wire, I decided I actually wanted to SEW!  (for those that know me, this is a MIRACLE.  My mother actually had to sit down when my daughter and I showed her my creations....)

The reason I don't sew.  Plain and simple my 7th grade Home Ec. teacher--she seriously gave me MAJOR anxiety (stupid pajama frog!).  In her honor I broke 3 needles--she used to stand over us and threaten us if we broke ONE MORE NEEDLE!  (I found out from my mom after the fact that I really needed a Jean's needle--who knew!)  I'm sure she was a nice old lady, to me at 12 (all those years ago..) she seemed like she was 100 years old....ANYWAY... Here is what I made: 
This is my daughter's bag, this was the second to be made and went MUCH faster than the first.  She LOVES it and carries her scriptures to church in it.
 yes, these little bling buttons and sequins are from Girls' Paperie.
 I think the ribbon was from a spool that I bought at Walmart years ago.  The bling on the pockets are from my I*ROCK tool from Imaginisce.  My dad was pretty impressed with that.
 my daughter had a fantastic idea of adding a pocket, which I did.  I eyeballed the measurement....what is cool about her bag is that it's small...NO, really she has those adjuster things in the waist to hold the pants up.  What I had her do was to tighten it.  Then I sewed the next hole down and cut off the excess...Her pants were capris, I'm glad that she wanted shorter handles made for easier sewing....
 This is my bag, I LOVED these capris.  But it's SERIOUSLY not attractive to have holes on the backside.  So I trimmed away!  The trim on the pockets is dear lizzy--has some fabulous bling in the flowers.  The belt is one that I have had for a long time, but as I don't wear belts so on the purse it went!
 I like my keys to be secure so I added this little clip, I used another of the ribbon from the dear lizzy line and sewed it in the pocket....
 now, I've told you I DON'T sew.  I've NEVER done a zipper--EVER.  I wanted one, so my daughter and I went to Joann's I measured the length and grabbed an 18" zipper.  I asked the girl behind the cutting counter if that was right--she assured me it was.  I told her I didn't sew, she looked at my purse and said,  "I hate to tell you this but you did!"  I only had to pick the zipper out once as I didn't know which direction to put it in...I do have to tell you that I'm about as proud of this sewn in zipper as sewing the whole purse! :)
 okay, my pocket was the very last thing to go into the purse, it was done after I sewed my daughter's bag.  It's actually the cuff off the bottom of the pant.  Looks really great and finished.
 I watched THIS video which helped me immensely--I am a visual person....Would I do these again?  Probably.  It wasn't as hard as I thought and it was FUN!  My daughter really enjoyed the process, I made her cut her own, but I did the sewing because the fabric was so thick..
Today, I did some staining--NEVER done that before either!  I will have to show the finished dry product tomorrow!
Thanks for popping in!  happy crafting!

7 comments:

Nati Tristan said...

Oh those are darling!!! Wonderful purses!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Good for you GIRL!!! This is AWESOME!!!!! I am sooooo proud of you! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Lisa Andrews said...

These are so fun! Way to use your sewing machine!

vegetablog said...

Wow, you did such a great job! These are so cute!!

Audrey Yeager said...

oh my gosh these are SEW adorable!!!!!! I go through some "sewing" phases here and there, too, so I totally get what you mean!

Rebecca said...

These are so cute and such a great way to use up old jeans!

Heather said...

Those bags are ADORABLE!!! Looks like your ole sewing days paid off!