Sewing Rewind: Sewing Basket edition! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Sewing Rewind: Sewing Basket edition!


When I start anything in life, I dive in head first.  My family lovingly calls me obsessive, and I wholeheartedly accept that label!  Then again, I think of it as being thorough, or detail oriented, or something a bit nicer sounding.  :)

Hence, when I started this whole sewing venture, I wanted to have a well-stocked sewing basket with all of the supplies I would ever need.  My mother bequeathed a lot of her items to me, which my late grandmother used when she sewed at our house.

However, when I showed up to my first class, I realized that there were other items that I wanted!  So, I asked myself, "How can I have all the things I want, without spending an arm and a leg?"  DIY of course!

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In this post:


Pincushion Cuff

First on the list was a pincushion cuff.  I had the standard tomato & pepper pincushion, but I wanted to be able to wear it on my wrist just like my teacher.  I searched the internet and found a very cute tutorial from Michelle patterns here.

I used fabric that someone left at class for the flower, scrap fabric from my stash for the cuff, embroidery floss & a button from my mom's stash, extra stuffing from my stash, and a cottage cheese cover for the plastic inside.  All in all, $0 for this project!


Sewing Rewind: Sewing Basket edition! on Diane's Vintage Zest! #sewing #upcycle
Pincushion cuff in action!
Sewing Rewind: Sewing Basket edition! on Diane's Vintage Zest! #sewing #upcycle
Taking a rest on my machine.



Sewing machine quilt

I was an absolute mess during my first few sewing classes.  Supplies were strewn all over the place like something exploded in a craft store!  I decided to put a stop to it right away.

Pinterest to the rescue again, and I used this tutorial.  The fabric I used was the same as above, a set of curtains that someone left behind at class.  I just removed the interfacing and ironed out the pleats.  Voila!






Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll

The first dress I made had a princess seam, and it was SUCH a pain to iron the seams flat.  My friend told me that I should buy a tailor's ham, but once again the internet to the rescue!  I pinned a tutorial online and gathered my supplies.

I used a cotton muslin fabric, which was bought for an earlier project (but forgot to use) and cut apart a pair of wool pants bought from Goodwill outlet (probably <$1) and washed super hot.  As for the sawdust, I went to Home Depot and asked for a bag from the woodcutting station.  Super easy and cheap!





I love using my homemade sewing supplies, and when someone sees my pincushion cuff  in class, it's exciting to say that I made it!

Have a beautiful weekend everyone!




17 comments:

  1. I really like your pin cushion and tailor's ham and that you made them yourself. I think I will do the same. I just go back into sewing and I'm in the midst of organizing my own sewing tools. Instead of going out and buying, I can recycle! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad to feature a recycled project. It's like magic when you make something out of nothing. :)

      Good luck with them, and feel free to share the results here when you're done!

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  2. What a clever idea! =) This would be great for when I sew... Thanks for linking up at the Pinterest Power Party!

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

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  3. Hastily clipped to evernote! See you again at the Creative HomeAcre blog hop at Mumtopia on Sunday.

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  4. Very cool! Thank you for sharing this on Wildcrafting Wednesday! Hope to see you again today at:

    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/05/wildcrafting-wednesday-21.html

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  5. This is on my to make list, thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. Love the pincushion and the beautiful colored pins. Thanks for the tutorial, and for sharing with us at A Bouquet of Talent. :)
    Hugs
    Kathy

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  7. Cute!

    We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:

    Two
    Girls and a Party


    Live every Wednesday to Sunday. Hosted by:

    Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life

    Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off

    We hope to see you there!

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  8. I haven't done much sewing lately, but a pin cushion for the wrist is a definite must. Mine is cheap and falling apart now as I've had it since high school when I took a sewing class. I may need to try making a new one. Oh, and I'm loving the sewing machine quilt. I've never seen this idea before. It is ingenious! Thanks for sharing!

    Please join us again Thursday at:
    The HomeAcre Hop

    ~Ann

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  9. Very cool! Love the pretty colored pins! If you're linking up this weekend I'd love for you to show this off at All Things Pretty http://sparklesandastove.com/all-things-pretty-linky-party-8/

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  10. I love the pincushion cuff. So useful. Visiting from sew much ado

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  11. I need a ham desperately! I am going to go check out that tutorial, thanks!

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  12. Super cute!

    I would love for you to share your favorite posts and link up at my TGIF Link Party.

    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/05/tgif-link-party-2.html

    The party opens Thursday night and closes on Wednesday night at midnight.

    Please, invite your friends to party too! The more the merrier!

    Hugs, Cathy

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  13. PINNED.... pun intended. ha ha

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  14. Your supplies are lovely and I'm sure the satisfaction meter peaked for you since you were so creative and made them all yourself. I love your pincushion. I've always wondered why nearly every pincushion you can buy is that little tomato/pepper deal! :) Love yours better!
    Thanks for sharing at Wake Up Wednesday!

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  15. Oh so loving the pincushion cuff!!!!

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