Thursday, September 1, 2011

To sew or not to sew

When did sewing become 'cool'? I wish I would have known that, one day this would be the case, when I took Home Economics in junior high. The thought of sewing something myself, up until recently, conjured up memories from my attempt, in said Home Economics class, to sew a skirt that resulted in a crocked hem and split seams. When I would see something required sewing, panic would creep in, my palms would sweat and I would protest, oh, I can't sew...and then I would ask my mom to do it for me.

My mom has always been able to sew. She made clothes for my Barbies, dresses for my dolls, Halloween costumes and now she is the Queen of Quilting. See for yourself...

My mom is not only adept at sewing but she is also willing to take on my projects so I followed the theory, why should I learn to sew when it is so much easier to just have her sew for me.

When I discovered Fiona Dalton maker of the most adorable soft toys. I felt intrigued by the idea of making something for Grace. Just look at the cover of her book and you can see how her adorable stuffed animals might compel you to make one of your own.

The only problem, learning how to sew. The very first sewing project I attempt, post Home Economics, was felt heart garland from Made By Rae. Even for the novice sewer, this project was so easy and resulted in something so bright and cheery that it boosted my sewing confidence.

That day, I ordered Fiona Dalton's bunny pattern. Her pattern was so detailed and easy to understand, even with my minimal sewing experience, I was able to successfully make my own bunny.

And then...they started multiplying like bunnies.

The hardest part of the process, not the sewing but, figuring out how to re-thread my bobbin. Thankfully the women at Joann Fabric's didn't laugh at me when I asked where to buy pre-wound bobbins.

So my theory about sewing may have to change...just don't let my mom know!


  1. I love that sheep quilt your mom made! And your bunnies, too! You did a great job on them.
    I enjoy sewing and prefer simpler patterns, although I've been known to throw a coat together. Still, I love patterns that are easy. Two books you might enjoy are "One Yard Wonders" (Sorry I don't remember the author) and "Sewing in a Straight Line" (by Brett Bara.) Both have tons of projects that don't require a PH.D. in Home Economics.

  2. Thank you so much for your feedback Mom2fur. I can't wait to check out your recommendations. Hopefully, the books you mentioned will inspire some more cute projects.


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