Learning how to sew

So, I am sure most you remember how I volunteered to make a quilt for Heidi, from some of her favorite clothes that belonged to her mom. I am sure you will also remember that I have no quilting experience, nor have I touched a sewing machine since 9th grade. LOL

Today, I decided it was time to tackle the beast. Last night I picked up a cute black and white reminent at Walmart and thought I might try to make a curtain for my new laundry room (that I still have to share with you guys). I spent quite awhile looking at curtains, pillow cases, then fabric and just didn’t see anything that caught my eye. Then I caught this pretty piece! I was a little worried about the top of it being pre-gathered, because I knew that was not wide enough to cover the window in my door leading to the backyard. I liked it enough, I figured I should take it home and give it a try.

After measuring the window I decided I was going to need to pull the gathering out in order to have enough material. I did that, washed it, dried it and ironed, then I pinned a seam of 5/8″ on the sides and the bottom.

Next, the hard part. The sewing machine. *gulp* We stared at one another for quite awhile. Don’t let a sewing machine fool you. They may seem sweet and innocent, but trust me, they are secretly very tricky! It took me about an hour, carefully following instructions in the book, but I managed to thread the bobbin, the needle, select a stitch and begin to sew.

Once I got all the technicalities worked it, it wasn’t too bad! I managed to get the thread tangled a few times, not quite sure how that happened or to prevent it from happening again. Overall, I am thrilled with the result. Granted, a curtain isn’t that hard to make, but I am pretty darn proud of myself!

What do you think? And what was the first thing you sewed on a sewing machine?


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Building my new laundry room!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! How are we all doing?

I am doing good. Still a little under the weather but feeling better every day. A little shocked that my birthday is in 6 days! It seems like it comes too fast every year.

Amanda striking a pose

My garage is coming along wonderfully! I am so excited. My cousin Darin has been doing a great job and his daughter Amanda has been a huge help. My Uncle Ron has been here to oversee and also do the electrical. Thank you, Uncle Ron!

My laundry room is going to be huge. I can’t wait for it to be done. I am going to paint it the same cheerful green as my office, since I have a can of paint left over. Well, actually Darin will be painting it. But you get my drift.

Amanda, her daddy Darin and my Uncle Ron

I have seen so many cute signs made with Cricuts and I plan to do a black laundry one. I can’t wait to decorate it. If I only had a new washer to match my new drier I would be in laundry room heaven.

I will share with you more before and after pictures soon, but I thought you might like a peek at what is going on!