Saturday, 14 February 2015

i can do this

it is one craft i don't do but need to learn, with reading rhonda's forum & blog i have started pondering the idea of sewing, even buying fabrics (sometimes boxes of odds & ends) because i think i might do it one day. hah! who am i kidding? me sew? 
i don't sew that's just it, i don't, it's hard enough when i need to 'sew' up my knitted jumpers, why on earth would i put myself through the pain of trying to work out how to sew other things like garments? mmm? it's torture, it really is, my mind just doesn't comprehend it. 
the weird thing is i have a 'want to do it' feeling for sewing lately? go figure ... 
(i do love the look of patchwork though)

about 2 years ago my daughter & i got in & started aprons, i pinned & cut she sewed, that was easy, she loves sewing too, so that was also easy, (she used an old machine) we never got them finished then, but DD finished hers last year & mine is still folded up in a bag somewhere waiting for the finishing touches, which i might attempt after my little sewing exercise i'm trying to do now.
you see i brought home from our markets a little half apron that we use as a 'money apron' has 'two pockets' (sewn up the middle of one large one) it's past it's use by date, someone had even stapled the bottom of it together!

the bottom had been stapled together to stop money from falling out
so, in my mind i thought how hard could it be to copy it? all they had done to make it in the first place was fold a piece of material over to make the pocket section & sewn up the sides? well .....
started the hem
almost done

hem complete
it took me almost a week to get it to even look like an apron, many youtubes later & still none the wiser on how to sew but am getting there, even went to the trouble of having a go at embroidering on the pockets, (been reading Jenny's wonderful blog ) i wanted to do some applique` but couldn't find any suitable patterned material

having a go at embroidery
 as i said earlier i don't sew but i wanted to help out & i thought this would be an easy way of getting my 'sewing' off the ground & started, plus rhonda's always saying that challenging ourselves to learn new crafts is what simple life is all about, bring about the home skills lost to us over the last few decades of consumerism & what not ...

attempting borders

i'm almost there, with the apron that is, have sewn on some borders & is now pinned & ready.  
i had a dream of a memory a few weeks back to when i had made a small patchwork cushion, (under the supervision of my best friend) this has helped immensely as i suddenly feel a little more confident in the sewing now. 
i still haven't finished this little money apron, did get those yellow borders finished but will post the finished apron as soon as i can get it done.

hope you are all having a great weekend

thanx for visiting 


  1. Sewing is such a useful and wonderful craft to learn. I am excited to see how you did, I'm sure it will be great.

    1. thanx, was a little hesitant about posting it here, but there is such wonderful support too & yes, a very useful craft/skill to have up ones sleeve & wish i learned when i was much younger

  2. Good on you! I am mostly self taught, I learnt the very basics about how to thread a machine, how to hem, how to turn fabric but the rest has been trail and error. Now I'm at the stage I really, really love sewing and find it relaxing! There have been a few tantrums mind you in the process when things turned pear shape!! LOL

    1. i can relate to that, even though this project is simple i still am getting frustrated with it, taking my time with it, helps

  3. I have sewn a little over the years, but I am not even an average sewer. When I was younger I made (simple) clothes that I wore to work. But I am not up to the stage Emma is at, I find sewing a challenge. Right now my biggest sewing challenge is finding the material and patterns I bought at Spotlight a couple of weeks ago. I had left the items in the Spotlight bag in my sewing cupboard. But that cupboard has since been emptied and moved to another room. Well I will just have to keep looking. Good luck with your apron. By the way when I get frustrated with my sewing, I walk away from it - sometimes for weeks.

  4. Good on you for having a go, Selina. You will get the gist of it as you go along. Starting with something simple will give you confidence.

  5. Your money apron is coming along extremely well, Selina. I am looking forward to seeing the pic when you are all finished. Good on you for having a go at hand stitching as well.

    1. thanx! yeh do have a machine here but forgot how to use it lol

  6. I'm no sewer, I thought I'd love it at high school but a horrid teacher quickly turned me off!!! Good on you for giving it a go and listen to that desire, I had that feeling about crochet for years and now I can't imagine not doing it! Jan x