I had a sewing machine about 7 years ago and really got into sewing things. But, as life gets in the way and you move house and jobs and stuff, I stopped sewing and gave my sewing machine to my sister.
I’ve always wanted to get back into it and having a spare room with space was a good reason to get a new sewing machine. I bought the Brother LS14 Metal Chassis sewing machine at Christmas and it is a great machine at a really good price.
Of course now I have an excuse to get sewing supplies! I got different fat quarters, zips, threads and sparkly embellishments from Hobbycraft. I already had a lot of sewing stash but too much is never enough!
Here a few of my recent projects I’ve been making. Some metal framed coin purses which I think are so cute and then as a challenge, I sewed some zipper purses as well and found a cool tutorial on YouTube by Gretchen Hirsch. She’s my new craft lady crush! I need to check out her books.
Because Hobbycraft is like a sweet shop to me, I also got a plain wooden box and decorated it to keep all my threads nice and tidy. As if I don’t already have a million projects on the go!
With this new craft added to my ever increasing crafty hobbies, I’ve been rearranging my art space and put up a shelf for useful items I need to grab when I start sewing. I loved making the zipped purses as well. The first one came out a little crooked but I think I have the hang of it now, and preparing everything before sewing is definitely a big plus (instead of my usual rushing into new things and messing them up!).
I also got some labels printed of my new beetle logo from Etsy and think they look so cute as part of my finished projects. Just have to remember to add them!
So, it is clear I have not been paying much attention to my blog as I would like. I have ideas but life keeps getting in the way of me writing them down! I’ve been busy seeing friends and family, applying for jobs and work, that even finishing my painting is taking ages!
So I am putting up a few pictures of things I made last year when I got really into paper art, crafts and my sewing machine. I think I was unemployed for a couple of months as well which means more intense art making!
I made this card for my friend’s birthday.
I made this for my sister x
Well, this is just lovely! This is what I aspire to have one day, an entire crafting room with all my supplies where I can find everything I need and it is organised and beautiful! I’ve been much better at organising my materials and tools though, having separate boxes so I know what is where. about 2 years ago I bought a laptop table that you place on the bed and use that for many crafting and painting things. It has proved very useful 🙂
I had to share my favourite magazine on here, because people must know about MollieMakes! Here is the link: http://molliemakes.themakingspot.com/
It is almost like a alternative crafts magazine with a twist. I have found that many crafty magazines are a bit too old and outdated for someone like me. Sometimes I would get them just to learn a technique, but it really was aimed at women in their 50s plus who had an abundance of money and time to devote to something like card making. But there is only so many cheesy Christmas cards I could make!
I have nothing against that, but was a very large gap in the market for younger people, 20 plus who could really get into crafts and being thrifty and making it part of life Well MollieMakes has done that and more! It has great interviews with a range of different artists and crafters, people who do these things for a living. It also has things to make, themes for the seasons, up and coming designers, places and conventions, as well as loads of inspiration from the cute things to make to how to arrange your crafting space. And one of the coolest things is the free gift they have! I’ve collected a huge pile and am sending it to my friend, I know she will love it.
Well, that is the end of my little natternabout an awesome magazine, hope people check it out 🙂
I got this book the other day – it has lots of cool projects and outlines the basics for sewing. It’s also really colourful!
Decided to experiment with some patchwork and make this cushion cover this evening 🙂 Not bad for a first try x
Some cute buttons I bought yesterday 🙂
Since getting out the sewing machine (AKA Bettie) to mend my boyfriend’s jeans, I have refreshed my knowledge and skills and found loads of new projects I want to do, including a roll up for my knitting needles. I’ve been making a few purses to get back into things, and decided it was time to sort all my sewing things out.
I have a cute box for all my sewing bits, and haven’t really looked through it for about a year. One way to organise everything was to label the separate drawers which makes it quick and easy to find things I need, instead of hunting around for ages. I’ve tried to organise most of my craft and art materials into similarly related things, like flowers and ribbons or metal embellishments.
While I don’t currently have masses of space to do my creating, I have also found that having a bit of a spring clean is good when tidying up your materials, throwing out random stuff that you maybe thought was useful but really isn’t ( I found a lot of chopped pieces of fabric I won’t use).
I haven’t yet sorted my fabrics out but that is the next thing to do. As my pile isn’t huge, I’m sure they would fit into a shoe box or something similar possibly clear so I can see from a glance the colours and patterns I have. I may have to invest in some new fabric soon though, my pile is dwindling 🙂 some shopping always sparks my creativity and even pushes it into overload!
Next on list: some fabric to make curtains 😀
I made this little purse last night after finding my zipper foot for my sewing machine. Really happy with the way it turned out, and I used two different patterned fabrics for the outside to give it a little twist. I’m still finding my own style for sewing as I learn more of the basics – I am a bit rusty after moving to Manchester a year ago and only being about to have the space and time to get my sewing machine out 🙂
I am still very pleased I managed to sew it without any major problems x
I made this over a few days after doing some practising on the sewing machine and I’m very pleased with how it turned out. I used a popper to close it and added some embellishments on the front. As my camera has gone wrong, I took these on my phone, but think they came out ok 🙂