Sewing Dreams

As a craft addict, I often go to bed at night dreaming of all the things I want to make: color combinations, patterns and design motifs fill my head as I drift off to sleep. I recently picked up a few yards of different fabrics from the thrift store and they are just sitting on my table staring me down every time I walk past them.  I fondly look at them and think, “one day you will get your turn to be useful, don’t worry.”  Of course, I had absolutely no idea what I would make with this material when I purchased it, but somehow they found each other and now need to be made into something.

I have very little sewing experience, but I’m getting better and I would really love to make something with a zipper, just to challenge myself.  I’m not quite brave enough yet to attempt a skirt for myself, but a bag might be a great first zipper project for me.  I found the pattern to this sweet little summer beach tote last year and have wanted to make it ever since. I was thinking of the red/turquoise combination for it, since they are all similar cotton blends and I just love those colors together.

The other pattern is this lovely cinch bag that my friend Amber made a few months ago and the tutorial she followed looks very easy to execute…even for a beginner. The grey and yellow wool blends seem good for this one and I love the watercolor-esque, 1970’s looking, flowery fabric for the inside. This was a Queen size bed sheet bought at the thrift store for $2.  I’m finding that bed sheets are a great score for fabric…lots of yardage for the money.  Just be sure to wash it in hot water before using it!

It’s unrealistic of me to even consider trying to make either of these bags, due to severe time constraints, but I just can’t stop thinking about them!  This must be a sign in some way, so I’m putting it out there…let’s just see where it goes, shall we?  Maybe by next summer I’ll get that tote done!

  One thought on “Sewing Dreams

  1. Amber @ Rowan & Oak
    May 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I love the grey and yellow combo! I almost chose a mustard yellow for my straps/lining on that bag but then went with a more spring feel. But it’d be so perfect for fall. 10 minutes at a time and you’ll get it done. Also, Amy Butler has a number of adorable zippered pouch patterns in her books. That’d be a small, but useful, way to dip your toes in without a huge fabric loss if things go horribly wrong. But they won’t. You can totally sew a zipper. They’re really easy. Way easier than adjusting your thread tension on very thin, wispy fabric.

    • daraweyna
      May 30, 2012 at 3:06 pm

      Awesome! Thanks for the encouragement and ideas!! Yes, 10 minutes at a time…I always forget.

  2. Donna Nemeth
    May 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Dara, I think the nice daisy fabric would be a fun summer top! Just a thought….xoxo

    • daraweyna
      May 30, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Good idea!! I have a lot of the fabric, so I could do both. Thanks. Love you!

  3. May 31, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Zippers are totally conquerable. There’s lots of tutees on the interwebs.

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