Posted by : Halima Khait Monday, April 06, 2015
My inaugural 'What's Happening' the Lite version! I intended it to be more of a update on longer projects, but my second sewing project ended up being pretty quick. It works out for you because, you know, instant gratification - you get to see progress pictures and my finished product all in one post.
So, despite my love of crafting, I don't have a dedicated workspace (something I plan on fixing in the next year or so). If you don't already know, learning a new craft is rewarding, but also frustrating. And an unorganized work area only adds to that frustration. So until I can get my crafting room set up, I decided a sewing machine caddy would be a good idea - keeps everything in one place, close by, but also out of the way. I found this pattern on Craftsy and picked up the supplies during my three hour trip to the fabric store.
|The first step was actually my least favorite part of sewing so far, the cutting. Even with a cutting board, I've managed to cut jagged edges. This fabric was easier to work with then the stretch fabric I worked with on my first project, the vintage headband. I did cut pretty straight lines, this time, but it took a long time. And I discovered that even though batting looks like a bag full of clouds, it's actually a pain to cut, largely because of its stretchy factor. If anyone has any tips on working with this, please share.|
|After cutting, I had to iron the pocket. This step got rid of the deep, folding crease that was in the material, but also created a crisp pocket.|
|Next, I arranged the layers of the caddy: batting, back piece of fabric, pocket and front piece of fabric. It was an interesting order, but because the project is worked inside out, it all worked out.|
|Finally got to the sewing part. I pinned the layers together to ensure I sewed through all the layers. The pattern called for me to sew up the two sides and the bottom. I was a little hesitant about sewing around corners because I've never done it and after my "cut on the fold" incident, I figured better to ask the dumb question than to make another mistake, especially because I didn't have extra fabric this time. So, I watched this YouTube tutorial for sewing corners. Very straightforward without making you feel like you asked the dumb question lol|
|This was after I sewed up the sides and bottom and flipped the caddy right side out.|
|And, after I sewed partitions into the pocket to make four pockets. I have my fabric marker, seam ripper, fabric scissors, tape measure and straight pins stored with plenty of room leftover!
The whole project only took about two hours which I didn't think was bad considering a broken automatic needle threader and about 20 minutes spent fighting with the bobbin.
Until next time....