Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sewing Time

I have a grandmother who is a fantastic seamstress.  She can sew anything.  She's sewn countless things for me growing up.  She does clothes, curtains, upholstery, you name it, she does it.  I have had several opportunities to learn from her.  Once when I took 4H sewing.  Then another time when I wanted dresses and skirts for my sorority dress up dinners.  Both times she walked me through everything.  I have my mom's sewing machine.  What usually happens is I sew something then it sits in the garage for another year before I decide to sew again.  I want to start to sew more now.  I like sewing a lot and I like making things myself.

Anyway, lately I have been in the sewing mood after my friend Lisa showed me this blog and these cloth baskets.  About the same time I stumbled across this blog and her fabric flowers.  Even though I got these ideas from the bloggers I accredit my Grammy for any sewing ability that I have.

I started with the fabric flowers.

Then I tried a cloth basket out of some old material and old jeans.

Then I got the bright idea to make my Mother in Law a new bag to hold her church choir music for her birthday. 

 I actually made up this pattern myself.  I don't like following directions very much and I could kinda picture how I wanted it to be. 

I had some extra material so I made her a cloth basket too...

My Mother in law really liked her bag.  I did too.  I might make something like that for myself but more like a purse big enough to hold a few diapers, of course.  Now I can't wait to go pick up some more fabric at the fabric store.  I just have to think of more stuff to make!


Lisa C said...

I'm not surprised you don't like to follow patterns, lol. I'm not a big fan of patterns, either, but usually because I can't understand them or they are more advanced than my skill level. Even if I do follow a pattern, I'll deviate from it at some point.

I really like the bag you made for your MIL. Nice touch with the music note fabric! I'd love to make my own diaper bag sometime, and I'm really itching to make the cloth baskets because I put some storage cubes in my office against the far wall, and i think it'd be so nice to walk in and see and assortment of pretty fabric baskets.

Maman A Droit said...

So fun! I'm getting ready to post some pics of a monkey finger puppet I made my son along with the pattern I made up for it, so if you're looking for your next project, that could be a fun one!

I'm totally going to have to attempt one of those baskets-I have been trying to think of a good storage solution for the finger puppets & food I've been sewing my son & I think that'd be perfect!