Category Archives: Sewing

First project: a drawstring bag

my drawstring bagAs I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve been taking sewing lessons and it’s actually going pretty well.

I love my classes. The studio space is nice and the instructor is great. I only wish that we had more time to practice and learn – maybe two classes a week would have been better.

So far we’ve learned all about fabrics, how to thread a sewing machine, how to do basic stitches and seams, how to read patterns, and more.  As well, I’m starting to get used to the fabric store and how to navigate it (it can be overwhelming), and I finally know what a serger is and what it’s for. 

I’ve already picked out the skirt pattern and fabric that I’ll be using for my final project. It’s amazing to think we’ll be attempting to make a skirt in just a few weeks when we’ve only just made our first item.

That’s right. This week we completed our first project: a drawstring bag!

It was pretty easy and by the end of it I was impressed and excited.  I know, I know, it’s simple but each little step matters!

Next up? A zippered pouch!

Taking the first step

“The secret of getting things done is to act.” – Dante Alighieri

Over the past few years, I’ve been slowly accumulating a list of things that I want to do and learn. Some may call it a bucket list of sorts.

The list is starting to become a bit lengthy, but I am well aware that many of the things are easy to do and complete. I just need to make the effort and do it.

So I’ve decided to dive right in and use this blog to document my experiences.

The first one: take sewing lessons.

Deciding to actually go through with it and then deciding where to take lessons were hard decisions to make. My mother is a sewer and so is a friend of mine, but when it came down to asking them to teach me, I knew the main issue would be timing.

It’s a lot easier and convenient to take classes close to where I live – worth the price I’m about to pay.

I’m actually quite excited about it and my first class is in a few weeks. Learning to sew may not be the hippest or most exciting thing, but I think it’s kinda cool. It’s a skill that I’ve always wanted to learn (beyond the basics of fixing a button) and who knows, I may discover a passion I never thought I had.

Plus I’ll finally be able to hem all my clothes now – a vital skill for someone as short as I am.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress and I’ll share what I tackle next on my list.

Photos: Bucket List – Katie Harris & Sewing – Rodrigo Campos