Last week, I received a sewing machine as an anniversary gift, and I couldn’t be happier!
I am aiming for my apartment in Tuscaloosa/Birmingham to be decorated a little better than my previous ones, but as I’ve recently discovered, decorating is expensive. Enter the sewing machine.
If I can make pillows, curtains, rugs, and other little odds and ends (like taking paint to canvas for wall art instead of buying finished pieces or building an entertainment center instead of buying one from Ikea), I can put money toward other things, like books for law school.
I’ve been pinning like crazy, and I absolutely couldn’t wait to try my hand at something! I chose to start with a pillow because it was basic and only required a small amount of coordination (of which I have next to none).
I stopped by Hobby Lobby to grab some practice fabric before making any real projects. I found some garish $2 purple and blue fabric, but the price was right so I snatched it up. Turns out it was Hannah Montana. Even better. I immediately thought of our friend Stephen and his love of all things Miley. I knew I had to save some of the practice fabric for him.
So I made him a Hannah Montana pillow. Well, two, actually.
The little one was my very first attempt at anything pillow-like and happened to actually come out passably. The big one was pretty okay, too. The hardest thing was keeping my lines straight. Tiffany has already given me some pointers for that and I can’t wait to try them out!
I got some poly-fill from Wally World and went to town making them into actual pillows. They’re by no means professional-looking, but there’s something really cool about seeing something you created.
Justin also found some fabric at Wal Mart that was on clearance. The bear pattern wasn’t appealing to everyone, apparently. 2 yards of it was less than $4. I picked up some raccoon-print fabric (one of his favorite animals) while I was at Hobby Lobby (definitely not on sale), and I made him a few pillows for his room.
Only a boy could like that fabric. The bears are okay as accent pillows but the raccoons? Yeah no. But he loves them so at least there’s that.
I hope to venture into making curtains once my sewing skills get up to par. I am completely dependent on YouTube tutorials and the DVD that came with my sewing machine. And the kindness of my more experienced friends, of course.
Oh yeah, and Pinterest.
We had every intention of building and staining an entertainment center for my apartment this weekend, but the weather was blustery and we didn’t have a good indoor space in which to work. So I made pillows and organized my small sewing kit.
In the coming weeks, we should get a good start on the entertainment center (inspired by Ikea), and maybe a DVD shelf. I’ve gotten addicted to the satisfaction of making something myself. It started with oil painting with my daddy a few years ago (Bob Ross, y’all!), and the knitting, sewing, and building have all come along. I have little to no natural talent in these areas, but tutorials have been a life saver. I’m so thankful those who are so skilled are willing to share their talent with the rest of us!
It’s been a fun ride. Can’t wait to challenge myself with more projects in the future!