Over the years that I've had my blog, I've sewn and not sewn. I'd be all hot and heavy with something for a while and then leave my machine for weeks, months with nary a stitch.
I'm not sure what got it all going in the last 6 months, but I suppose it was my newfound enjoyment of sewing with knits, thanks to my sister and the amazing patterns of kitschycoo. Suddenly, I was a sewing maven and I've really ramped it up in the past month because I took on the role of seamstress for the our local high school Winter Guard. It's like a percussion//flag corps group that performs and wins prizes, in case you haven't heard of it. It's often kids who are in marching band and since it takes place in winter, it keeps them active in band after the fall marching season. Everything they perform is inside, usually in a gym.
And when I say all over, I truly mean ALL.OVER. I'm like a pig in slop when it comes to sewing and no inch of space is spared from the whirlwind that is fabric and thread. I'm not sure I even breathe when I get into a groove like that. I turn on a book on tape and hours later, I'm drowning in spent threads and piles of work.
When berrybarndesigns offered a 4x7 sewing challenge for the month of February, I was intrigued. Her simple guidelines state to spend 30 minutes every day sewing for yourself. Each week, post what you've done and there will be prizes to win.
Not making crafts for someone else. Not making costumes for any of your charity groups. Not tailoring curtains for your neighbor's living room.
Just sew for yourself.
What a concept. I've never thought of anything like it! Just sew for ME? WHAT????
Ok, honestly, most of the sewing I've done since July has been for me, with all of the fabulous knits I've made. But as I was in the middle of costumes AND it was a snow week (literally 5 snow days in a row!) I jumped on board.
30 minutes a day? How hard can that be?
And on the first day I got to work and whipped out an adjusted shirt for myself that I've been meaning to take in for like a year. Bang, 30 minutes, no problem.
The second day, I tackled my sewing machine cover. I had mentioned to berrybarndesigns that my big goal might be a sewing machine cover because I've never made one for myself and I saw one of hers and really liked the idea.
I went into my sewing room with actual intentions of simply spending 30 minutes trying to do some organizing in my sewing room, rather than actually sewing. But, the next thing I knew, I had this ugly thing in my hands and I started thinking.
my sister actually said "are you sure it was out there for free" when I posted it on instagram.
I actually went back to the lounge to make sure that the sign really said free. And I didn't take it all, just what I thought I would use. I'm nice like that, not being greedy.....
I thought I was going to make a patchwork cover. Probably because I'd seen one online that was patchwork and I liked it.
I started thinking about how complicated I was going to make it, because I sure love to complicate things. Cut all the squares, put them together neatly, iron, trim. Sigh. And then I remembered!
I must have known this was going to be the first star in the stash because I already had this featured picture in my photos as I started writing this post.
Already made patchwork! The colors are just so amazing. I'd like to make an entire wardrobe of this I love it so much. In my previous life, I would have been Lilly Pulitzer though I think when people actually wear clothes of these colors they look ridiculous. But for home dec items, especially in a feminine sewing room, it's perfection!
So, I got to work cutting up the plastic cover that came with my machine and then I cut the fabric approximately the same sizes as the pieces.
I knew that I wanted to do a light batting between two fabrics so I could quilt it and I was pretty sure that a soft flannel inside would let it glide right over the machine when I put it on.
I had already decided that everything I do in this 4x7 challenge had to involve my stash and that nothing was to be bought. Not even thread. I don't have quite the extensive stash of some people I see on instagram, but I've amassed some peculiar fabrics over time, so this challenge is all about rediscovering those and using them.
I have a very large assortment of pieces of batting left over from quilts. I always hang onto them thinking I will do something (potholders, it seems) and then nothing ever happens with them. I was thrilled to have a purpose for some of those pieces.
For the inside, I picked a flannel that I used for a baby quilt ages ago that I wasn't impressed with. Something about it made me think it would pill and though I never heard from the owner (I can't even remember who I gave it to- how sad!) I suspect it died a slow death over time. So, I had some scraps left that would be fine for the inside.
y serger is in the hospital (going on THREE WEEKS now) I can't do those fabulous finished seams that I am so used to, so I'm really unhappy with the unfinished look of the inside. I've been so spoiled for all these years having a serger to clean up all those jagged seams!
But no one will care, except for me.
So, I give you my masterpiece.
And, unlike that plastic cover, this can be throw in the wash if I ever deem that it's dirty enough from all the dust it collects.
I like to walk into my sewing room and just look at it. I really makes me smile every time, especially as the explosion of gold and silver (or the remains of any project I've made) hasn't been cleaned up yet. Those colors do a lot for me in the doldrums of winter with my oddly gray wardrobe.
I have enough to make a cover for my serger if it ever returns, and I can't wait. That will be a little tricky because of the shape and because that cover is flimsy plastic so I can't really copy it as easily as I did the first one.
I'll confess that this was more than 30 minutes on one day, but since it was a snow day, I had the time. It totally made up for the lack of time I had once school was back in session. It was impossible on a couple of days to take 30 minutes to sew, so I was glad I had done this already!
So, are you ready to join in and give yourself the freedom to sew just for you? Did I mention that she has PRIZES??? Link up here!
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