My mom taught me to sew by hand and how to use a sewing machine when I was really young, but only recently have I started sewing regularly. I definitely consider myself to be a novice sewer, and I am still terribly excited and somewhat surprised whenever I make something that turns out nicely.
My Moms Group (ChesapeakeMommies.com) just started a brand new sewing group and this bag was our first project. I am so pleased with the results. We used this pattern:
from Home Spun Threads
Aimee with Home Spun Threads has tons of free patterns and tutorials.
Cost for Supplies: $15 at Jo-Anns -- using both a 40% and a 50% off coupon. (I love Jo-Ann's new Mobile Coupons App. Crafters this a must have for your smart phone!)
Time to Complete: 7 Hours -- a large percentage of that time went into cutting
For me every new project is an adventure and a learning experience. Here's what I learned with this project:
1. Measure twice; Cut once. My bag is a little smaller than the pattern called for because I was so excited to cut everything up and get started. Oops!
2. Different materials require different needles. After breaking two needles, I read my sewing machine manual and figured out that I needed a bigger needle, so I replaced the size 11 needles that I was using with a size 14 and voila no more broken needles!
This is the lining of my bag. I was afraid to pick a pattern for the outside, because I didn't know if I could get it to line up at the seams, but it if the lining is indication, I think I would do fine next time with a patterned outer material.
Before this project, I have never used fusible interfacing or magnetic snaps. Both turned out to be very simple to work with. My snaps came in a two pack, so I may have to make another bag!
This is the interior of my bag. I love the lining and I opted for one big pocket instead of the three small ones that the pattern calls for.
Overall, I am super pleased with the way this turned out. I had fun making it, looking at it I would never guess that it was home-made and for only $15 I got an adorable new purse!
Craft Project 1/30 Day 9/356
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