So after the launch of my blog yesterday and introducing Delilah & I, for my second post I thought I'd talk about my first ever sewing creations. - These are just a couple of little projects which eased me into my sewing hobby.
After buying my sewing machine, I bought myself a sewing magazine for some bedtime reading, which included some fabric and an instruction booklet on how to make a few simple sews - I chose the envelope cushion cover as it was easy enough to help me get to know my machine and also, practising stitching in a straight line!
I would definitely say that this was a good first project and it only took me a few hours to make (could be finished even quicker with experience!). Although it has a slightly Christmassy pattern with the trees, this cushion has a place on my bed all year round - A proud first make moment!
My second creation was a non-selfish make, one of my friends had a birthday coming up so I decided to sew her a present - I suppose that is pretty risky for a beginner! But I went and done it regardless.
I bought a pack which contained all that was required to sew a make-up bag. Now this project was a little adventurous as it contained lining and a zip, ahhh! But not to worry, all was clear in the instructions.
I set myself a very tight deadline on this one, as I knew I was going to see my friend later on that evening, so I aimed to finish for then (allowing time to shower and get ready too!). Now I found this quite challenging as I was dealing with a few different elements and not so much long, straight edges like the cushion - If you know what I mean? And the zip, well that was my first un-pick - All part of learning!
But after a full afternoon of "errrm", "hmmmm", "ahhh", confused faces, concentration faces and finally a "yay" and a smile... I completed my second creation.
My friend was truly thrilled with her present and was touched by the hard work that had gone into it. I've always loved buying and giving presents but this has to be one of the ones I've been most excited to give - I even personalised it with a cute 'Handmade' tag.