I’ve been feeling kind of empowered since yesterday afternoon.
There’s been a bully in my house for the past three years and yesterday, I OWNED it!
Meet the bully.
See, I’ve always wanted to sew and admired my friends who could create the cute little clothes or projects with their sewing machine. Well, I’ve always had this guy standing in my way. I couldn’t figure him out and every time, after about an hour of frustration, he usually found his way back in his home where he has stayed for the past three years. Literally y’all, I had to watch a You Tube video just to thread the dang thing. Every. Time.
My mom is also a great seamstress and when I was a baby, she would sew all of my clothes. I also remember when I was in high school, she created new bedding, valances, and table covers for me with her sewing machine. She bought me the sewing machine in hopes that I would follow in her footsteps.
I’m not yet, but I took a huge baby step yesterday.
There were a LOT to pick from but I saw something I might be able to accomplish and it would actually fill a need in our home.
We needed a grocery bag holder and I thought her idea was just too cute. So, I decided to tackle her tutorial and it was great!
I realized that those straight stitches are pretty easy and it didn’t take me too long to put my 9 strips of fabric together.
I only had one pretty big mistake. I sewed one piece of fabric on backwards. Oops! Good thing I had this guy handy. He was pretty much my best friend yesterday.
Yes, that’s a seam ripper and a few months ago, I couldn’t have even told you what that was. Now, we’re buds.
After spending a ridiculous amount of time getting the elastic in like it should be, I finally had a finished product and man was I proud.
Now, I can get rid of the worthless plastic bag holder that was supposed to stick to the wall but never actually did. It’s definitely been replaced!
I was so impressed with how easy her tutorial was to follow, even for someone who’s never really sewn before. I will say that as an added tip, it’s good to put a safety pin on the end of the elastic as you thread it through. Then sew one end on before you pull the safety pin out of the other end. I had to do this over several times. Not fun!
If I was to do it again, I might take out two pieces of fabric to make it a little shorter. We don’t normally have that many bags in our house at one time.
I’m on the hunt for my next project. Now that my sewing machine and I are friends, I see some fun creations in our future!
Do you know of a great sewing website I should know about? I’d love to hear about it/them!
Linking up with The Mommy Club at Milk & Cuddles.