A few years ago, I decided I wanted to try to sew. A friend had recently bought a sewing machine and was learning how to sew, so I went over to her house to try it out. I made napkins, which I thought would be fairly easy. Wow, they were even easier than I thought they would be!
For my birthday this year, I got a sewing machine. I had decided I wanted to sew a bedspread, but I knew I probably had to work up to that. I sewed some more napkins, then a couple of placemats. I sewed a cute little travel purse, then decided not to use it. I was actually able to mend one of Stephen’s shirts, which had a hole in the armpit – if you look really closely you can tell, but if you don’t, it looks fine.
Then I decided I wanted to sew curtains for my kitchen. I wanted one panel only, not two, but the material I had wasn’t long enough or wide enough, so I needed to do something to make it into one panel and make it pretty. I finally decided to just add a solid panel to the bottom. And you know what? My curtains look AWESOME!
My next project, the one I just finished, I am quite in awe of. Really. I needed a bag for my yoga mat. I wanted one big and roomy, so that the mat and the yogitoes and another towel and maybe a water bottle would fit inside. My current one was only big enough for my mat – if rolled super tightly and perfectly.
In general, the bag was easy. Take a piece of material, fold it, sew it. There’s the tube. I put a liner in as well. I wanted a drawstring closure, with the drawstrings forming the straps. So for straps I decided to use some material from the liner. Then I decided to make the top of the bag out of the same material. And it looks great. Then I had to do the bottom of the bag.
Oy. sewing a circle onto the bottom of a tube. I was really pressing my knowledge at this point. I read a couple of tutorials online, but nothing really made sense. So I decided to wing it. I pinned, then basted the bottom on, figuring it would look awful and I would need to adjust it. But you know what? It looked okay, at least okay enough for my purposes. So I fully sewed the bottom on.
The end result?