craft-wise, i had a crappy weekend. the creative juices weren't flowing. i kept jumping from project to project. i hate doing that. not to mention, the projects I did happen to finish, weren't turning out the way i had hoped they would. so.
i sat down this morning, determined to complete a project. from start to finish. and even if the results were not pretty, i was going to post about it.
so naturally, with such a challenge, it would make sense that i would tackle something i have never done...using my new and seemingly daunting sewing machine.
i bought this cute felt placemat from michaels. there weren't enough to make a table runner so I knew i had to be creative with it (because why would I use it as a placemat? teehee). i knew that i should be able to attach the placemat to an existing pillow with a simple slip stitch (that's my favorite stitch-it's done by hand and it doesn't have to look pretty) but the problem is that i didn't have any pillows that would work. i did have, however, a couple of pillow forms that i purchased at a yardsale for .25 for a pair (these are HUGE pillows...17x17).
so i put on my big girl shoes and set out to make a pillow cover (aka envelope pillow) for this pillow form.using my sewing machine. *cue jaws theme song
full disclosure. i've sewn before. in 6th grade. in home ec. but i'm pretty sure my teacher did most of the work for me. so if you don't mind, i'm counting this as my first real sewing project.
i found this tutorial on youtube (i do better with sometone talking and showing me instead of just using pics). i love this woman. really one of the clearest sewing tutorials I've ever seen.
i did it. i wasn't taking pics during the actual process because, well, i was afraid of my recent craft-history-see above)...
i freaking made an envelope pillow.
and then i sewed my little felt placemat on it.
attached a little spider i found in one of my bins.
and there. you. have. it.
a freaking halloween pillow
made with a freaking sewing machine.
who would have thought?
things i've learned:
1. um. i need some better sewing supplies. i'm not showing you close up pics of the hems because they're not straight. i need a straight-edge and a better pair of scissors-or one of those cool rotary things. thank goodness christmas is coming!
2. it is a glorious feeling to sew two pieces of fabric together. i'm now plotting other sewing projects. anyone want a dress? i'm sure i'll be able to accomodate in a day or two (teehee).
3. some days you just need to sit yourself down, watch real housewives of new jersey (i *love really bad tv), and force yourself to complete a craft. it's gotten me out of my slump. be ready blog, be ready...