Thursday, January 14, 2016

#learntosew Project No. 1

I've always had a habit of taking on too much when it comes to things I'm passionate about.  When I plan a party, it's like I might as well be planning it for the President because it's so extravagant.  In my mind, of course.  When I take my big ideas and try to put them into action, they don't always work out the way I planned (too expensive, impractical, can't find a tiger for rent, etc.).  My hyper-motivation is the same for everything I get involved in.  I really just can't help myself when I get excited about something.

Last year, I had high hopes of creating my own handmade bikini line, good enough to sell to actual people for actual money, not just family members looking for a freebie.  Though it is still a goal of mine, I've learned a lot last year about what I am and am not capable of, and that I still have a lot of learning and practicing to do before I can reach that goal.

This year, I've decided to take up a few online courses and join in some challenges to learn, practice, and perfect my sewing skills to help me get comfortable and be confident enough to take on more complicated projects (like a super strappy bikini top) and complete them successfully.  One of the challenges I'm participating in is the Learn to Sew 2016 series by Crazy Little Projects.  The series is 7 weeks long, with a new lesson and project (you pick what you want to make) to complete each week.

Basically, this is me telling you that I'll be posting my completed projects on here for a while.  Deal with it.

Lesson 1 was How to Sew a Straight Line.  And while it may seem like a pretty basic thing to do, I actually learned a few things from it and was amazed at how well my lines on my project turned out.  I did make one mistake (the strap seams are facing out instead of in), but it's hardly noticeable (okay, it is noticeable in that picture) when it's used so I'm okay with it.

For my project, I chose to make a basic tote bag.  Obviously.  I used some leopard (fyi, I googled "leopard vs cheetah print" just to be sure) canvas fabric that I had purchased locally a couple months ago for the outside and made the hot pink lining from an old, unused pillowcase.  Note:  We buy those bed sets that come with everything BUT the fitted (mattress) sheet, and of course you can't get a fitted sheet unless you purchase the whole sheet set (fitted, flat, and two pillowcases) so I make as much use out of that extra fabric as I can.  This was a pretty simple project and didn't require a pattern so I finished it in about an hour or two (including girl scout cookie breaks, of course).

Lesson 2 is the Zigzag Stitch, which is another basic stitch that can be used in so many projects.  Luckily, I already have a project idea in mind and controlled my hyper-motivation so it's something that I'm confident I can accomplish.

What projects do you have planned this year?  Have you ever taken on a project that turned out to be too much for you?  Did you ever need to reset yourself and go back to the basics?

P.S.  There are still 6 more projects and lessons to go, so you can still join in on the series!


  1. What a great site! Totally, I can't sew a straight line. I'm going to watch the tutorial now! Great looking tote bag. Great idea to use fabric from bedding linens!

  2. I love that you are taking classes to practice sewing so you can achieve the dream! That is truly inspiring. Nothing better to invest in than yourself I say!


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