So y'all know, I adore multiquoting!
Originally Posted by brandnewmommy
Ooh ooh. I want to join. I've just started sewing. I borrowed a machine from my mother in law. My first project was a poncho/hat set for my three nieces for Christmas. I'm also working on cloth diaper wipes, but without a pattern they're not all that square. Oh well - they're functional. I have so many things that I want to make. I've found that sewing actually relaxes me - once I get past the frustrating parts that is. I am such a beginner though. I don't know the basics at all. I still have to look at the manual just to thread the bobbin and basic stuff like that. I'd like to make some pajama pants and a onesie next I think. I also like the idea of quilting, but I'm intimidated by making all those squares, especially after I saw what a terrible cutting job I did with my diaper wipes. Ok - I'll quit gabbing - I was just sooo excited to see this thread.
My Christmas projects (the ponchos and hats) are posted on my blog. http://swimming-duck.blogspot.com/
It's on the "Here We Are" post in December 2007.
Anyways, I'm excited to have a group to learn with.
Oh, also, does anyone know of any good books that teach the basics or have fun projects for beginners?
I have to look at my manual, too. I figure as long as it all gets done correctly, who cares, right?
Love the ponchos! Adorable!!
I've heard the Reader's Digest books are good. I have a couple books on reserve at the library. As I start to go through them, I'll let you guys know how I like them.
Originally Posted by earthgirl
Peter'smamma, your pillow looks great! Congratulations on completing your first project!
I just ordered the Sew Fast, Sew Easy book. It got good reviews on Amazon and it comes w/ 3 patterns. I can't wait!
Thank you! And ds just loves it! He actually took his other pillows off his bed and is like, "THIS is my pillow!"
He's starting a new school on Monday, and he's going to take that pillow so he always has a piece of mommy with him.
Originally Posted by mamamirranda
Anyone have an Idea about how much learning to sew costs. I cant really spend much on new fun projects. I am hoping it can be done on a minimal (read as "No")
Petersmamma: Have you started those classes yet? I might wanna take em with you.
I did! Check above for the link to my pillow! Those classes (through about.com....type sewing in the search bar then go to sewing 101 and you can sign up for lessons.) are 100% free.
I think sewing can cost as much or as little as you want. I saw here at MDC that some super crafty mama made her dd a couple of dresses sans pattern with a sheet and they are CUTE!!!!!
I was able to get my pillow form for 50% off (it actually wasn't supposed to be on sale, apparently, but there was a sign, so...
) and the fabric was $1 off per yard. For the pillow, you only need 1/2 yard. The total cost (I got expensive thread) was $11. Cheaper than you can buy a pillow at a dept store (not on sale, anyway!
Also, I'm planning on making a quilt out of old t-shirts (you know, the ones you adore but are no longer wearable). So that should be relatively inexpensive. I will need batting and a backing fabric, but at least I already have the front part. And I'm just going to do squares, to keep it simple.
Oh, and I will wait to do my second pillow (the second project through about.com) till you do your first, if you want!
I've got a BUNCH of stuff in the works, so I don't mind waiting a bit. But don't take too long!
Originally Posted by takebirthback
Petersmama-Great job on the pillow!
Finished projects are so rewarding.
I was curious about those that are writing on this thread..what projects have you already done? Since starting I've done Advent calendars, cloth diapers and wipes, mama pads, breast milk leakage pads, cloth chux pads for the birth of my last son, a fleece shawl to cover me and my babe when he's in the moby wrap and some mending. Nothing really too difficult.
And I would also like to know what projects you are just dying to do?
I am really wanting to sew a grocery cart cover, babylegs, flannel pants and start quilting. I also really want to get into a couple of things for donations like blankets for injured soldiers in Iraq and teddy bears that are given to small children involved in accidents like car accidents. I have heard that you can make teddy bears and donate them to police stations and they carry them in their cars for such occasions.
I'm a total newbie. That pillow was my very first thing. Oh, wait! I mended a hole in the pocket of my robe.
Not too tough.
You sound like you are doing pretty well! You have made a lot of stuff. Love the idea of the advent calendar. We bought one this year (I really wanted one), but once we have a second child, I should make one ('cause I just can't see the kiddos sharing the chocolates/goodies from one!).
Projects I want to do: my t-shirt quilt. Matching pj's for the whole fam (or at least dh and ds.). How cute would THAT be?? Let's see. Cute things for me
A baby blanket for my friend. Gifts for friends and family.
Originally Posted by flapjack
Can I lurk? I used to be competent, but that was over a decade ago with my mother close at hand to help fix any booboos.
: I'm on my own now.
At the moment I'm immersed in knitting, but I really want to sew some tops for the new baby to go with his longies, and some other bits beside- summer dresses for DD, skirts for me, that kind of stuff. I'm having a lot of difficulty finding stuff that I want to wear, and I keep finding myself looking at etsy... that's nuts. I don't need to pay someone else to sew for me, I just need a 36 hour day.
Welcome! You can lurk!