Sunday, June 1, 2014

my adventures in sewing

Hello everyone!  Hope you were able to grab your own set of Sister Stamps June release today. 

Today I wanted to share about my newest hobby, sewing!  I was spending a lot of time learning how to sew and just trying to get used to my sewing machine that I think I forgot how to color with Copics and how to make cards.  Card making does require some practice!  But so does sewing.

Anyway, I've always wanted to sew but I guess I was a bit lazy and maybe a bit scared to try.  What it really took was making something that looked not so great that got my perfectionist side to learn to sew.  I bought those Papertrey Ink Coin Purse Dies because in theory it looked simple and cute too but in actuality I couldn't stand how the stitching looked around the zipper.  It drove me kind of crazy and I tried to figure out a way to hide the ugly stitching on the inside.

This is the coin purse I made using the PTI dies.  The fabric is cute right?  And the outside stitching I guess is okay but the zipper stitching bugs me.

Here's the inside and you can see all the ugly stitching from the zipper.  I guess someone had suggested adding fabric tape over it?  Anyway, my hubby saw it and he didn't think it looked too great either so he set up my sewing machine and read the directions!  So then I was off sewing.  I think these PTI dies are okay for making coin purses for children but definitely not for adults.  Plus it was hard to cut the fabric even with multiple passes through my Big Shot.  It would cut the holes on the long side but not the short side.  Kind of frustrating.

My first sewing attempt was making some keychains.  I made these for some teachers using fabric instead of ribbon. 

Here is my first coin purse I made with my sewing machine.  This was my practice one and my zipper is a little too short since I had bought all these short zippers to go with the PTI dies!

This is my second coin purse and matching material with the keychain.  I used a bit longer zipper and just trimmed it to fit the coin purse.  This is large enough to fit a gift card so I put one in there for one of the teachers.

And look, it's lined!  And the zipper part doesn't look too bad, does it?  I was pretty proud of this one.  Hehe.

So I made another matching set!  I put gift cards in here too. 

And again, it's lined!  I really love that the lining covers the zipper and looks pretty.  I followed a tutorial from The Crafty Gemini HERE.  I just followed the basic steps to make a smaller coin purse.

So now I don't know what I should do with the PTI dies.  I guess I could use them in making cards but seems like a waste of money.  At least I can sew a little now so that makes me happy.

I had a lot to say in this post!  Thanks for reading!


Leanne said...

Well done Eva! The before and after projects show a lot of amazing improvement! I bet you could sell these at a craft show easy peasy. Love that you put a gc inside for the teachers and attached the matching key chain. Very cool. They will love it. The liner inside is pretty, way to go!!

Have A Scrap Happy Day said...

Super job Eva. You are one heck of an awesome seamstress. The fabrics are so pretty too. The teachers will be overjoyed. Have a great week.

Lynn said...

Oh, you are too hard on yourself. I think the first HK coin purse is just fine. I don't mind the stitching at all. Your sewing progress is amazing. You seem to have a real knack for sewing. Keep it going and please keep showing us your products and progress.

Handmade Cuties said...

eva, you can do anything. this is so pretty and very useful too! just love it!!

Denice said...

Wow, you are a talented multi-faceted crafter! Paper crafter and now sewing....can't wait to see your wonderful projects! Cute, cute projects!

Cheryl said...

Cute purses! Great gift idea! Ha, can u imagine going back to hand stitching after using a sewing machine! Maybe u can use the die for scrapbooking and making paper pockets or something.


You could try using nylon thread for the top if you don't want to see the stitching or use white thread for the hello kitty fabric.

Mary J said...

These are so so clever, Eva!