Thursday, November 18, 2010

Things I'd like to do [better] and what I'm going to do about it:


Getting out the sewing machine really intimidates me. Sharp needles, whirring parts, the challenge of going in a straight line. Holy moly. Not a good combination of factors for me.

I have a few friends that are super talented seamstresses [see here and here]and they're inspiring me to at least break out the machine and practice a bit.

Especially since I have a project that I'd like to do. And I don't want to mess it up.

Several years ago my mom gave me a few yards of this gorgeous antique cream fabric. I love it. So much that I have never had the nerve to turn it into something. I break it out of the drawer every couple months and pet it lovingly. Yes, I do that with inanimate objects. Strange, I know.

Anyway, at long last, this lovely fabric has a purpose. I'm going to make curtains for Baby J's room.

But I really need to practice first!

So here's the project:

Originally I was going to buy a super cute camera bag on etsy but they're expensive and the last thing I need to be doing is toting around another bag when I'll already be dragging the bambino, purse, and a diaper bag around. Somedays I think I would like to have eight arms. But that is not to be.

So, I decided that a camera strap cover [with a fun fabric pattern] and a built in pocket for holding extra memory cards [which I always seem to forget at home] would be a good elementary sewing project. And, if I'm feeling really frisky, I'll make a matching fabric bag that is somehow waterproof and washable that I'll be able to sling into the diaper bag. I haven't quite worked out the engineering on that, yet.

Ready, set, go.


  1. 1) I know of camera strap tutorials if you want some links. :)

    2) If you do the bag...I would avoid the waterproof fabrics. That can easily intimidate a beginner. If you don't have a teflon foot those fabrics can stick and really mess with you.

    3) If you want to sew easily in a straight line there are two ways to do this easily:
    a) use blue painters tape to mark on your machine from one side to the other where the fold of your fabric should follow along as you sew. I can take a picture of that for you.
    b) If you plan on doing quarter inch seams/piecing the get yourself a foot with a quarter inch guide on the foot. It's my FAVORITE foot to use on the machine.

    Big tip: Whatever you want your seam allowance to be measure that out from the needle position to make sure it's correct. The general foot that comes with the machine is generally NOT a quarter inch from the needle to the edge of the foot.

    I'm glad I inspire you to get sewing! It's by far my favorite craft past time. I have plans to do a quilt along after Christmas most likely with my own quilt design. I'd love if you did it with me. Quilting is easier than you'd think.

  2. Sounds exciting Sonj. I'm sure you can pull it off! Next thing you know you'll be sewing cute clothes for Baby J. :)

    -- inds