A virgin and a sewing machine

If any of you know my Mom then you know that it's crazy that I don't know how to sew.  She's like Martha on steroids, seriously.   I know some women suffer from empty nest syndrome when their kids leave, but not my Mom.  She turns your old room into a craft room :) She's working on the third one, ha-ha!

So, I've been dying to learn and I was going to just bite the bullet and go buy a machine, but had no clue which one.  Lucky me, I mentioned it to my friend Andrea {who is a great sewer!} and she had just upgraded to a fancier machine and gave me her old one!! I swear I almost did a dance in the restaurant :)

So this is what I've been doing....

Thank the Lord for You Tube!  The girl from Freckled Nest has some very helpful videos.  I just happen to have about 6 naked pillows waiting for clothes in the guest room.....

I guess subconsciously I knew I would be doing this? Hmmmm, it's funny how the brain works :)  So I did alright for my first time....

The corners are a little tricky and closing it by hand.   If y'all have some tips, BRING THEM ON! Please! It was actually pretty fun!  Can you believe I am almost 30 and this is the first time I've used a sewing machine? I think I've been missing out!

This is only one of the 10 projects I have going on right now, you know school starts in 13 days, gotta get a move on!  I'm hustling on my bedroom, the color is perfect and the nightstands are looking fabulous.  I had to custom order a bedskirt in a 21 inch drop length, hopefully it comes soon, I am SO impatient :)  We finally got a new TV in there and Miss M is L.O.V.I.N.G  it....

All she wants to do is lay on the bed and watch it, spoiled!  {ps excuse the weird pink duvet, I had to take the real comforter to the cleaners, it had GLITTER all over it from wrapping paper}  {pps Uh, don't buy glittered wrapping paper, it's messssssy!}

OK so now I have to go trace 250 felt circles for my next project.  Oliver agreed to cut them all out, yeah we shall see how that goes :)


  1. Your first project looks great :)

    Can't wait to see more!

  2. I'm SO happy for you! Yay for You Tube! I've watched many videos myself, no worries!

  3. It looks great for your first project! I've been asked to teach some of my girlfriends how to sew. I guess I've been doing it for so long that I expect that everyone knows how to do it. Tips for corners, hmmmm. Well, I like to cut my fabric about an inch less than my pillow form (like if the pillow is 18x18, I cut my fabric 17x17). Then I use a quarter inch seam, so the finished pillow case size is 16.5. It makes for a nice, full pillow. When you do the corners, make sure you cut off the excess fabric (like in a 45 degree cut, but don't cut the seam). It'll make the corners less "bunchy" (is that a word?) And I use a chopstick when I turn my pillow right side out to really get inside the corners to make them nice and pretty.

  4. omg i can't believe that you had never sewed! that's nuts! but looks like you're doing great, the pillow looks awesome :)

  5. I took a sewing class in the 9th grade, but the teacher kept telling us that if we weren't careful, we'd put a needle through our finger. I've always been scared of them since!! Your pillow looks great, though!

  6. Great job on the pillow!! I was so afraid of the sewing machine but seeing a finished product is so cool.
    YouTube is a lifesaver to figure out these projects.

    Can't wait to see what else you make.

  7. I think you did a fabulous job with your pillow!!!! And...I'm 32 and have never touched a sewing machine so you are doing better than me. :) XOXO

  8. Hi! I am reading your blog due to my friend Emily E! I have recently (within the last year) learned to sew and I love it. Anyway, I like to make my pillow covers envelope style. I got my the original "template" from Tatertots and Jello (search burlap pillow) but you could easily google and figure out how to do it. You can literally make a pillow cover in 15 minutes and no hand sewing!
    Can't wait to read more about your sewing adventures!

  9. That's an awesome first sewing experience! Nicely done!


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