I completed my first sewing projects last weekend! I have always been in awe over people who can sew. My MIL is an amazing seamstress (the dresses she made for my wedding were amazing!) and I am always surprised at what designers whip up in 12 hours on Project Runway. I have friends who create gorgeous quilts (which are probably a little too detail oriented for me), and as you can see here I have friends who can create gorgeous bags and accessories.
However, for me the sewing machine has always been a scary contraption.
nana’s sewing machine
But a few months ago I aquired my grandmother’s sewing machine from my sister and it has been sitting in my living room waiting for me to feel adventurous. I slowly began to get brave and thought, I should be able to figure this out, right? This weekend I was making lists of things that I still wanted to have before the baby came. Two things I wanted were a nursing cover and a Moby wrap. However, to purchase these items would cost me close to $100. So, I began surfing the net for patterns and ideas and came up with an easy pattern that I felt confident enough to try.
I was able to make my very own nursing cover for under $8! You can find the pattern here. And I was able to make my own Moby Wrap… it was a little more expensive ($10?) but super easy! Fortunately my grandmother’s sewing machine still had the user manual so I was able to follow the instructions and thread the needle and bobbin and figure out how to make it work. I couldn’t really test the fit of the Moby Wrap because of my huge belly, but I made Erik test it out for me and it seemed to work… however he refused to let me take a picture (he claims all these wraps and slings are just too girly and insists he will only carry the baby in his arms).
I even sewed in some boning so that I could peek at the baby while nursing!
I was able to sew a little pocket on the front of the Moby Wrap
Granted these projects are super easy… I know that I have a long way to go in the sewing department. But they have given me just enough confidence to try some again in the future. What was your first sewing project?