I was excited to tell my friend at the gym, and she told me about the adult school that offered 8 weeks of classes for somewhere around $35. REALLY?!?!?!? And that's how I got started.
Of course, I couldn't start off making super tailored clothing. I didn't even know what a bobbin was! Therefore, I went along with the project syllabus during each class session.
Outside of class, I was super antsy! I looked up all kinds of projects online and found tutorials galore! Still, I was too timid to try out clothing on my own. Thus, came my bag and pouch phase. :)
Embroidered Tote Bag
The first bag I finished was the tote bag during my $19 class. We started and finished it in the class time, while using their fancy embroidery machine.
Although it turned out well, I didn't really feel like I had really made something on my own. It was great, no doubt, but all of the materials were pre-cut. The whole process seemed like one of those semi-homemade recipes, which is kind of cheating.
However, I did learn the importance of picking a cute lining!
Armed with the instructions from the class, I decided to fashion my own record tote bag!
You might recognize the fabric from several projects I've shared already: my pincushion cuff, sewing machine quilt, goggles case, and cord tamers. These are the curtains that I took out of the free fabric pile during class, and be prepared to see a lot of it in the next few projects!
Here are the results!
Oh, I probably should have taken the record player cords out of record tote, because that's what that bulge is... Oops! Anyways, I think it's awesome for a free project and my records fit perfectly!
Mesh Beach BagIn class, another beginner brought in a bag that she had worked on outside of class. It was an awesome tote made of a metal mesh, and I had serious bag envy! The teacher mentioned that there was plastic mesh that would be a lot safer to use (the girl broke 3 needles while making the project!), so I filed the knowledge away in the back of my mind.
The next time I went fabric shopping, I actually found the exact plastic mesh I needed for $.90 a yard, so I was happy to snatch some up and try it out!
|Sorry about the bulge, but it's been folded away since last summer!|
I used some old ribbon from my mom's stash, so it was a pretty cheap project, probably around $2!
Perfect for shaking the sand out after a day at the beach. Yay!
Meanwhile in class, we graduated from our first projects to a fun project!
I had bought a bunch of Easter fabric on sale for 60% at Joann's, so I was already using it for all of my class projects. Be prepared to see a lot of THIS fabric in the next sewing rewind. :)
The lining was more free fabric that someone had left behind for us to use, and I had a button from my mom's old button stash. Almost free project!
I love the second contrasting pocket in the lining. Fun!
I was excited to make a few pouches for my sewing notions, so I used my favorite curtain fabric and a zipper from the local store for $1.50. I followed Crafty Gemini's tutorial. No big whoop, but here it is.
It turned out okay, but I figured that I needed more. I didn't like the $1.50 per zipper price, so I went to the swap meet and got 5 for $1. Here are all 6 pouches (with the original on the bottom left). The lining (which I should have photographed) is the same pink lining as the Tie Bag above.
Quick, fast and easy!
I haven't been able to figure out the best way to label the contents of each pouch: Zippers, Bias tape, Hook & eye closures, etc. I can't attach vinyl to it, so the Silhouette is out. I considered attaching tags, but they are floppy and might get bent easily.
Maybe someone has a great idea out there?
I was successful with the video tutorial, so I decided to follow a couple more! This is the sandwich bag that I use to store my pedal and sewing machine power cord. Also, I keep the cord neat with a cord tamer. I am absolutely INUNDATED with this fabric!!!
I thought I was going to line it, but the fabric was getting bulky. Therefore, I made a second one out of the cut fabric to contain a few more notions!
The last tutorial I followed was the drawstring bag. I wanted to make a few shoe bags for my travels, so I decided to make a mini version from my favorite practice fabric and ribbon from my mom's stash (again). :)
And yes, it holds even more sewing notions.
Whew, probably way too much sharing all these funny pouches I've made along the way. I hope that you aren't asleep at the monitor!
By the way, with all of the projects that I've made out of the curtains...
I still have a whole one left! They're the neverending curtains, for sure! :) Is there a fabric that you used for all of your beginning projects?