Friday, May 6, 2011

i'm crafty.

so yesterday's post was a little heavy.  let's talk about something much lighter today... like how i've become a crafter.  it's got me feeling like an old lady... but i don't really care.  my mom brought me a hand-me-down sewing machine last week & i'm weirdly excited.

she helped me make a little tablecloth runner thing to get oriented & if anything, i'm more intimidated than before.  setting up the thread, bobbins, sewing corners, figuring out stitch length & all those other things have me thinking i'm in over my head.  but i'm gonna try.  and there was a serious sense of accomplishment when i finished this little tablecloth.  i am so in love with it!  so i'm already trying to figure out what i want to do next.

any ideas?  any hints of where i can find fun beginner projects or patterns?  i'm already thinking curtains, throw pillows, a bunting for p-ray's room, & some other stuff that a girl with a five-year-old's-sewing-ability could do.

i've realized i have a creative monster inside of me dying to get out.  i'm going through crafty withdrawals now that parker's party has come & gone & i became totally obsessed with finding ideas & adapting them to my own theme.  and now i feel even more like a stereotypical mom who "crafts" & "sews" & thinks those things are cool.  which is weird.

but being crafty can be cool, right?  because seriously... how cute is this tablecloth.








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37 comments:

  1. I'm not crafty but that fabric is really cute and you did a great job!

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  2. "gots me feeling like an old lady" thats exactly how I feel! I do a TON of paper crafts and I recently got a sewing machine as well!! LOL

    Super cute tabel cloth!!

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  3. I made a stuffed turtle once in home ec. you should try that.

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  4. Love that! I think throw pillows next. I've always wanted to make one- especially because most are so neutral to go with furniture. I would make a bright & fun one like your table runner.

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  5. My husband and I both learned how to use a sewing machine for lots of projects for our wedding. . .one thing that is a good way to practice getting use to the machine and is fun to make are fabric pennant flags. They look great for parties and events or could be really cute for a nursery decoration. You can see ours from the wedding at: http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/gallery/3176

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  6. Love it! It's just the right pop of color for that table. Makes me wish I hadn't killed my sewing machine. ha

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  7. I'm a crafting addict. Give me some fabric and a sewing machine or hot glue gun and I'm a happy camper. There are beginner tutorials out there for everything! all you need to do is google "_________ tutorial" and you'll get a ton of hits. Being crafty is awesome! Love the table runner. Your fabric choice is beautiful! oh, and all the things you put together for Parker's birthday was adorable!

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  8. that turned out awesome! what's next?!

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  9. I love it. Many of my hobbies fall into the "little old lady" category, but I love it. Just have to add your own twist. :) I love the tablecloth. That fabric is stellar. As far as being intimidated I'd say just dive in and see what happens (as you already are it seems), but also, a basic sewing book can be helpful to reference as needed.

    Also, lots of projects and crafts to get the wheels turning over at craftster.org and oneprettything.com.

    Can't wait to see more of your projects. I understand the drive to create.

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  10. Cute! You know as long as you can sew a straight line and figure out how to read some patterns, there are a lot of things you can make!

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  11. I have to learn how to do this NOW. I have a small bistro table and nothing fits it as a table cloth.

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  12. So cute!! You are crafty!!

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  13. Crafting IS cool :)
    I've spent the last three nights in a row staying up way past my bedtime, hunched over craft projects and practically glueing my fingers together! Ha!
    That tablecloth looks amazing! I'm very impressed! Sewing is one thing I just can't do!

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  14. um a moment please for craftiness....

    i have recently discovered i am in love with my sewing maching {too}... my mom came over last weekend to show me how to use it {yep, had one this WHOLE time and never once touched it}.

    my first project is burp clothes for my cousin {baby shower gift} and a camera strap cover...

    wish me luck.

    lets swap beginner projects ;) {because i sew like a 5 year old too}

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  15. I LOVE that table cloth! Super cute!

    By the way, share with the YW presidency that I feel absolutely terrible about the whole situation. I may or may not have made a teary phone call to my husband because I felt so bad. Anyway, hopefully it doesn't totally taint the season.

    And I'm there every time the YW play, so if you come I'll be there.

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  16. I think crafty is totally cool! Way cute table cloth... love the color and pattern!!

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  17. oh and... i totally plan on making this hanging book holder

    http://pennycarnival.typepad.com/penny_carnival/2009/02/tutorial-hanging-book-display.html

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  18. Look at you gettin' your craft on. I've always wanted to learn how to quilt, but I think that requires a lot fo excess time I currently do not possess. Thanks for the walking update, nice to know my kiddo isn't the only one completely not interested in walking. Sometimes when we try to practice walking, he'll cross his legs so we're just holding him up. Nice, lol.

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  19. very cute! Crafts/sewing seriously keep me sane...

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  20. TOO cute! LOVE the fabric. Gah, I'm dying to learn to sew. My mom's been promising me a hand-me-down sewing machine and lesson for months but we've yet to actually sit down and do it. You did great for your first project!

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  21. Great photos as usual! Lots of great suggestions here...

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  22. I've actually been thinking about picking up a used sewing machine. You're lucky to have a crafty mom to help you! My mom used to staple my girl scout badges on! Gotta love her :)

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  23. thats super cute, and awesome! Sewing is soo much fun! Me and my mother-in-law have made blankets, shopping cart covers, crib sheets, playpen sheets, curtains, pillow cases, nursing covers, wood hamper covers, bibs,burp rags, cloths, those are just a "few" of the things we've done! Hope you enjoy it!

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  24. See I told you could do it!!! It looks great. I think you should do a skirt for yourself. They are super easy and plus when people comment on it, you can say " I MADE IT!". Its fun!

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  25. You little crafter you! So are you feeling confident enough to make me that cute little tote we were talking about a few days ago?? ;)

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  26. That turned out great - I love the fabric. I'd try throw pillows next!

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  27. LOVE IT! GOod job! Now make me some throw pilows.haha

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  28. I can't believe no one has sent you to makeit-loveit.com!!! I've made a few things from her site and have so many more I want to try. And I love that a lot of her projects repurpose clothes she doesn't wear anymore or finds at DI. Post pics if you make anything from her site! :)

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  29. I enjoy reading your blog. Now a follower. Please check out my blog when you get a chance! http://possumhillfarms.blogspot.com/

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  30. I LOVE the fabric you chose! Search Etsy for patterns. Most come in pdf form with step by step instructions and photos included.

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  31. SEW Cute. Pinterest is great for finding simple tutorials and adorable ideas. My first sewing project I actually attempted and succeeded with a quilt! Ah! crafting, you've opened a whole new blogging door!

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  32. Hey! I just made a camera strap out of this exact same fabric. I LOVE it!

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  35. love the fabric and the project. great job especially so that it's your first. I think being crafty is the coolest and really a must for moms. There are gonna be many projects you'll be helping P-ray with especially when he is old enough to go to school. You're just preparing yourself for that time that's what I think.
    I own a sewing machine ever since we bought our house, I made almost all the curtains in our home, it's easy, straight stitches with rod rings and there you go you can have custom window treatments. I'm excited to see what other projects you will be doing. good luck and happy sewing.

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