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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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 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!