My Sewing Addiction

January 13, 2013

in DIY & Crafts, Kids

Friends, I’ve got a confession to make – I am an addict! An addict to sewing, that is. Ever since my mother-in-law gave me my sewing machine as an early Christmas gift, I literally cannot stop attempting to create things with it (and, sometimes, without it). Luckily, with two daughters (and a son!) and two girl nieces there is no shortage of outlets for my output.

Also, I just made a life-changing discovery – HOT GLUE GUN! It’s easy to operate, it creates an instant, strong bond between various types of materials, and it involves pulling the trigger! Fun.

Here’s a glimpse into a small fraction of my recent/current projects:

She said, "mommy, let it have A LOT OF ruffles." This is a crocheted skirt in the making. My knitting is all baby steps but my crocheting is kind of one of my areas of confidence. Bo pattern here either - just ou of my head.

The skirt I am crocheting for my little girl. If there’s anything crafty I actually feel confident doing, crocheting is it. I’ve done it off and on for 20 years! Word of advice though: don’t be like me – don’t crochet large garments with medium-weight yarn.

Homemade doll skirt - Josie's first time at the machine. We did this together. Garment construction is good for brain! And useful when you have girls.

Here’s a doll skirt my girl and I made together, aka “how not to attach single-fold bias tape.” Great use for those scraps and stray fat quarters!

My little girl learning how to sew - doll's clothes!

My oldest child began to do a little machine sewing as well (all under my watchful supervision).

Princess dress is getting really close. Deciding whether to sew on the top or leave it as a separate unit.

Here’s a glimpse at my girl’s princess skirt that I have since completed. She absolutely loves it, but it’s no different than the dolly skirt – just a gathered skirt with an elastic threaded through the waistband.

Some things can't be explained.

The seventeen (!) felt crowns I made last Friday evening to give away as party favors at my girls’ seventh birthday party on Saturday. The kids really liked them! I must be a Waldorf mom or something.

Like mardi gras beads but better. More Waldorf-kosher. Just.

These jingle bell necklaces were party favors as well. I got the idea here.

In order to keep track of all the crafting projects that I am potentially interested in, I finally joined Pinterest. If you enjoy Pinterest and I would like to follow me, you can find me here.

My husband recently pointed out that I have lots of inertia – which is another word for lots of potential energy. It’s true – most of the time it’s really hard for me to get going on anything from typing up the minutes from a committee meeting that took place three weeks ago to running a long-overdue load of laundry (or seven!). Once I get going however, it is pretty difficult for me to stop, and the sheer volume of the resulting output can be ridiculously large. Can you tell?


1 sheila January 16, 2013 at 11:20 pm

What kind of sewing machine is it exactly . Do you like it . does it jam up . I have a broher I got at walmart. I keeps jamming and my daughter wants another kind

2 Sofya January 17, 2013 at 11:15 am

Emerald 118 and I LOVE it. Extremely easy to use, thread, and so on. The manual is extremely user-friendly. It never jams. It is close to $500 however. I am now looking at also getting a serger in not so distant future – maybe within a year.

3 sheila January 16, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Husqvarna Viking E-10 is this it?

4 Sofya January 17, 2013 at 11:12 am

Emerald 118.

5 Paccana March 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm

These are such cute costumes! I wish I could sew like that

6 Sofya March 2, 2013 at 9:21 pm

You know, I just teach myself one thing at a time. I don’t sew that well, but these are not difficult.

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