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1morestepalongtheworldigo Sun 18-Sep-11 21:05:21

Right so I figured out how the machine worked and tonight I've made a pin cushion. It may not be brilliant but I've bloody made it all by myself smile (DP looking at me like I've lost the plot) what can I make next?!

icapturethecastle Sun 18-Sep-11 21:10:40

A cushion cover, drawstring bags of any size, some bunting.

anniebear Mon 19-Sep-11 10:06:04

lol , i have made a few things (beginner with a capital B!!) and I am so proud of them - but then do rather think they lok like a child has made them!!!!!!

anniebear Mon 19-Sep-11 10:07:32

all hand sewed - I have done a couple of very simple childrens bags, knitted purses and lined with cath Kidston fabric! a knitting bag, again very simple, and am now attempting some padded cath Kidston hanging birds lol

1morestepalongtheworldigo Mon 19-Sep-11 10:39:12

I'm trying to master sewing in a straight line grin but I have loads of ideas of things I want to make (in my head they are amazing!!) so hoping I can master this sewing stuff soon!

anniebear Mon 19-Sep-11 12:21:32

I am sure you will smile I cant even get my mini machine to work lol, so it's still hand sewing for me lol

I looked at a site the other evening and it was about making napkins, they look easy!! and a chance to practise your straight lines ;)

1morestepalongtheworldigo Mon 19-Sep-11 15:44:19

Were the bags difficult? I want to try a bag! Giving pj trousers for DD a go tonight!!

nickelbabe Mon 19-Sep-11 17:05:06

If you want to master sewign in a straight line, then what about doing a couple of simple skirts?

You don't need to worry about the waistband - if you can put a zip in, then use wide ribbon for the waist band (nickelbabe's cheat tip number 6342)
I sew on the ribbon on one side, then fold it over and sew it on to complete it.

Of course, that does assume you can do a zip, which is harder.

what about - a draw string skirt?
you can do one for a child with squares of fabric, and make channels in the top by folding over the top 1 ½ of fabric (leave a gap in the front middle) and sew along the line (½ inch from the edge of the fabric - either make 2 channels ½ inch deep, or one inch-deep channel)
then you can thread cord through the channel and pull.

anniebear Mon 19-Sep-11 21:08:34

no- really easy!!! I sewed 2 pieces of fabric together sewed 3 sides, got some ribbon to go with the material and added it to the sides to nmake a long strap. Made my Daughter a horse patterend one with pony ribbon for the handle, she loves it ! smile have made a few cup cake material ones but not a clue what I am doing with them!!!

purplepidjinawoollytangle Wed 21-Sep-11 17:55:20

Pillowcase dress

Either for a little girl you know or for charity smile

Moodykat Wed 21-Sep-11 18:02:06

Ooh, am watching for inspiration! Could really do with getting into sewing again!

Moodykat Wed 21-Sep-11 20:24:25

And instead I killed the thread! Sorry about that!

1morestepalongtheworldigo Wed 21-Sep-11 21:33:04

Lol!!! That made me giggle! I'm trying to make a stuffed rabbit out of fleece. Not too sure why but it seemed a good idea at the time...

purplepidjinawoollytangle Wed 21-Sep-11 21:49:48

I steer clear of rabbits (apart from the one lolloping around my kitchen) the ears are a pita!!

I had a good pattern for an elephant - the ears went on in one of the head seams so guaranteed to come out in the right place hmm - let me google for a mo...

purplepidjinawoollytangle Wed 21-Sep-11 22:09:37

Here we go!

It's on Burda - sign up if you haven't already there's tons of free patterns grin

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