One of the goals I’ve set for myself is to work on projects consistently throughout the year. I want to make sure that I’m working on SOMETHING weekly, even if my schedule only allows a few hours a week. Not only is this great for working on technique and fundamentals, but it’s giving me the chance to learn new techniques and processes. I had some extra time this week so I was actually able to start and complete a project, which is super nice because I’m the type that hates dragging a project out. I’ve always loved working into the late hours of the night just to see the final product (my lovely eye bags are the unfortunate side effect that I’ve come to accept).
The most current craft I’ve been working on was a sewing project. I found a pattern on Etsy for a small file folder/wallet that works great for organizing coupons, receipts, recipe cards, etc. Link to the Etsy shop page can be found here if you’re interested in checking out all of the patterns offered. It was a great choice because it features a few techniques I’ve always wanted to try but have always avoided, serves a functional purpose for my organization obsession, and is small enough not to spend a fortune on supplies (since it is a trial piece). I was a little bothered at the instructions as they were not very descriptive, and there seemed to be a few errors which in a way messed up the first attempt. I took my own notes along the way so that I can make proper adjustments when I make another one. Although it didn’t come out as I hoped, it’s still functional so I’ll probably use it for awhile. I also wouldn’t consider it a total waste because above all else, it was practice. Not everything will work out on the first try, and the only way to improve is through failed attempts like these.
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Required minimal fabric/supplies. Be sure to wait for sales and use coupons to keep costs low!
Cutting the pieces and applying interfacing is not exciting whatsoever!
The errors in the pattern made this part almost impossible, but I didn’t want to waste all of materials so I forced it as best I could.
I really wanted to throw it out the window at this point. The sloppy sewing makes me cringe.
Alas, the evenly spaced and nearly perfect sewing lines brought me a bit of peace.
Tip: Don’t spend on binding if you don’t have to. This easy to use bias tape maker creates your own custom bindings.
The body of the folder before attaching the binding.
Pattern error strikes again making it too difficult to machine sew the binding on. Had to improvise with a little (a lot) of hand sewing.
At this point, I gave up caring about a clean finish as I knew it was a bust.
The finished product.
So many areas of ugly/sloppy sewing and the fabrics are not great together, but at the end of the day it makes me happy.
Super excited that I finally got around to finishing this project. It’s something that’s been on my to-do list ever since we brought Karla home back in July. With the adoption, we received a free collar and leash from the spcaLA that worked fine, and most importantly, didn’t cost a cent! I quickly grew tired of looking at it, though, as I felt it was drab and didn’t give her any pizazz. Yes, I could save myself the trouble and just buy a new leash for cheap, but why not make it personal and one-of-a-kind?
Although it’s kind of a basic project, it was a great way of getting back into crafting/sewing mode while not breaking the bank. It requires just a few supplies, and if you wait for the right sales or coupons, it’ll hardly cost a thing. Since it’s small and only requires a few steps, I was able to finish in a couple of hours while watching the Boo save Gotham in Arkham Knight. I used this really cute paw print fabric, but a strip of ribbon would work and be even faster. I figured out a few little tweaks I will try out when I make the next one. I got all of the supplies from JoAnn, and I have some leftover fabric so I’m thinking of making a matching treat bag or new collar to match.
I swore I’d NEVER be one of THOSE people that make a fuss about my furbaby’s accessories, and yet, here I am. I’ve already made a trial beanie and sweater that just needs some tweaking to the patterns for a little better fit. I was so busy during the holidays that I didn’t have time to take progress pictures or blog about it, but I did post it to Instagram. I was pleasantly surprised when the JoAnn Fabric and Craft account asked to repost it on their page! Someone even asked if there was a pattern! It definitely gave me a little confidence boost. I hate the color of the yarns, but I just used some scrap yarn I had on hand since it was just a sample to figure out a pattern.
Feels good to get some practice in, while also making things that are useful!
Finally getting around to the first (of hopefully many) 2017 post. Not really going for the whole “New Year, new me” bit, but I have so much in my head that I want to try to tackle. I don’t even know if it’s all realistically possible, but I can’t honestly feel good going into this year without setting some new goals and knowing I gave it my best shot. Although choosing to make a major job change last year was crazy and a bit scary, I still feel at peace with my decision and know it was one of the best things I could’ve done for myself. I don’t think I’ve been this poor since my first job scooping ice cream and singing for tips at Coldstone in high school, and yet, I ended 2016 surrounded by the people and things I love and wouldn’t change it one bit. I feel mentally and physically healthier and happier, and I’ve given myself the opportunity to get back to doing the things that are exciting and important to me. As far as crafting, the few projects I completed this past holiday season were more than I was ever able to do in the previous two years. Even though it was just a tiny step, it felt amazing and so right! There’s so much work to do and it’s not going to be easy, but I can’t wait to look back on this year and see the triumphs, struggles, and changes that I’m able to push myself through. Hopefully, some of you will follow along for the ride!