Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Home Ec Lesson #1

Today marks the first day I've had my sewing machine out in probably a year or more. I have a love/hate relationship with sewing. I love the finished products. I'm not a bad seamstress and when my kids were little I made them lots of cute clothes. But it makes my back and neck hurt...and all that ironing! Sheesh! That's my least favorite household chore as it is.

But a couple weeks ago I came across an opportunity to take an online sewing class. It's self paced and has lots of really cool projects like an apron, a duvet cover, curtains, a laptop case...26 of them all together. So I decided to haul out the ol' machine and give it a go.

The class started today with napkins. Two kinds...a single layer and a double layer. For the single layer I made a couple of denim napkins with some remnants I had on hand. Cute, but nothing special. However, for the double layer I decided to actually do something cool. I went to Hobby Lobby with no idea what I wanted them to look like. I picked up several bolts of fabric, but nothing seemed to really thrill me. So I stepped outside my normal "everything must be perfectly pre-coordinated for me to think it goes together" mindset and just bought two fabrics I liked and sewed them together.

I really like the way they turned out.

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What about you? Do you like to sew?

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3 comments:

Crystal said...

Do you have a link to the online classes? I sew, I'm fairly decent but couldn't hurt to learn some new tricks. I'm an impaient sewer. I have to really want to do it.

I sew just about anything that passes my fancy. I'm making the girls some appliqued t's and matching skirts for the holidays right now. I have many,many projects have done in a box too. *blush*

Leigh said...

Crystal, if you click on the Home Ec button on the right side of the blog near the top, that will take you to the registration page. I think you can register through Friday.

Tracy said...

I am kind of like you. I love buying the stuff to make things, and I love the finished product, but the actual sewing can be difficult. I have only had my machine for about 10 months now, and am working on my 7th project...not too bad I guess, but I have a LOT to learn. The napkins turned out well!

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