If you asked anyone they would tell you I’m not very crafty, but I like pretending that I am. For some reason I have become obsessed with a few crafty things recently. I love making things for myself instead of buying them. I now make my own (and give outas presents) throw pillows, sugar scrubs, and button bracelets. But for now, we are going to talk about throw pillows.
When I got a sewing machine for my birthday last year, I wanted to sew everything…except I couldn’t sew. Dilemma! Luckily my Aunt is the biggest crafty person I know. She has like a billion dollar sewing machine that can pretty much make Faberge eggs and the statue David, dangly bits and all. She came down for a few weeks and taught me the basics of sewing and how to use The Devil, what I call my sewing machine.
One of the first things my Aunt showed me was how to read and use a Sewing Pattern. Those little Mofos can suck it! If my Aunt wasn’t there I would not have been able to figure out these pages and paper to save my life. I am not going to go into detail, at least not now, but you pretty much follow the instructions and cut out shapes in your chosen material with the lined tissue paper provided, and sew that crap together, somehow, before your blow a gasket from the frustration. I chose the try the bow pillow (bottom right, gray pillow in image below):
I obviously chose different material. I love black and pink together, so I went with a polka dot, black and white pillow with a pink bow. And let me just say, it only came out good because of my Aunt.
And that’s the story of the first throw pillow I ever sewed. Even though I like to complain about Sewing Patterns, I think they are a great way to learn how to sew more complicated designs. All you need to know is some basic sewing lingo and actually understand what the lingo is referring to. I might go over some sewing basics if you guys are interested. I am still very new to this stuff, but I love learning and making mistakes. It’s part of the fun.
Do you like to sew? What things do you sew?
Have you ever used a Sewing Pattern? How did it go?