Did you ever take home economics? In Jr High, it was a required course for me. I don’t remember the teacher really well, but I do remember that class is where I learned to make fruit pizza. I still remember the smell of that classroom. It’s where I attempted to learn to sew. We were encouraged to make an apron before we started the cooking part of the class.
Mine ended up looking like a goat got a hold of the ends and chomped the bottom off. It was horrible, all uneven and gods awful ugly. I never wore it and I was done with sewing.
Until now. My dad got me a sewing machine for Christmas. It’s an older machine, a Husqvarna, and he paid $35 for it. But I had cold feet and she sat in the closet until we moved in here.
I went online to get a manual, downloaded it and got to work getting to know “Edith” (am I the only one who names their appliances?).
I learned to put the thread on and thread the needle. I even learned how to wind the bobbin. Then I had to find material. Did you know there are about a billion different types of fabric?! Maybe not a billion, I don’t really know. It sure feels like it! There’s cotton, fleece, Lycra, stretchy, not stretchy, denim; you name it. And colors! Anything you want. It’s almost ridiculous!!
I decided to start out easy, so I looked up easy sewing projects on google. So, apparently Google’s idea of easy and mine don’t exactly mesh. I’m thinking like a couple of straight lines. As straight as I can get them anyway, which really means the lines look like a drunken sailor’s walk home. Google wants me to make bandana shirts and bags that carry 500 things with these tiny little pockets. Uhhhhh, no. Not gonna happen.
So I asked a sewing group that I had just joined. They suggested pillow cases. Perfect! Just a couple of lines, straight or not, and I’d be done. A couple of videos later, and I had 4 pillow cases, one for each kid and one for me and Danny.
It was so easy! I made pillows for the kids next, decorative ones to throw on the beds.
Then, I thought, why stop there? We have blinds in our house. You know, the easily broken, white things that all landlords think belong in homes they rent out? I HATE those things. The cats destroyed the living room ones in about 5 seconds. So, curtains it is!
I made matching ones for the two windows in the living room and a different set for the kitchen. Well, that’s not really true. I guess I can’t call them a set. I had some material left from the living room curtains and not quite enough of the kitchen material, so I combined them. It works, my windows are covered, I don’t shock the hell out of the neighbors and I can kind of hide the crazy, so I guess I will keep them. Until I found more awesome fabric that doesn’t match anything in the room I want to use it in. 🙂
Do you sew? If so, what?
If you don’t, do you want to learn?