Saturday, August 7, 2010

Home Ec fun!

my machine and me :)

This weekend I've had an absolute blast visiting fabric stores and getting supplies for this week's projects. If you follow me on Twitter, you'd know that I had a bit of a sewing machine issue when I took mine out of the box for the first time in over two years. I went to open the front loading bobbin area, and three large parts came out. I knew what to do with the bobbin casing but I didn't know how to put the other two larger pieces back in. I enlisted the help of my trusty fashion designer friend Brian (he designs for drag queens!), and he walked me through it, but I still couldn't get it. Then Hank got home, walked in, took one look at the mess and Bri's directions, and with a click-snap-click popped everything back into place. Ah, husbands.

So now my machine is up and running, and I am really looking forward to Monday's first project, which are cloth napkins. It's a go at your own pace class that will be up for a year, but the girls will be posting projects everyday. We'll be making things from bibs, all the way up to household items like duvet covers and curtains. I seriously can't wait.

I've always been super intimidated by the fabric section in craft/fabric stores. As silly as it sounds, I didn't know common sense things - like what to do once you pick out which fabric you want, how big a yard was, etc. It sounds silly I know but I conquered my fear over the past couple of days and now I feel totally comfortable. All the women I encountered at the shops were so helpful and kind that it really put me at ease. I'm proud of myself for trying something new, and more so, retrying something I "failed" at years ago when I first was given my machine. Even though class hasn't started I've already been sewing a little bit and I'm definitely enjoying it.

I wanted to share a quick shot of some of the fabric I bought this weekend. If I was having a girl I'd use that lemon fabric for EVERYTHING. It's so pretty. Once I learn how, I may make some pretty girl clothes for my future daughter, just because. :)

some of my fabric for this week's Home Ec projects :)

I'll be updating my flickr and this blog with my projects as I complete them, and if you're curious and would like to see a full project list, click here to visit the Home Ec details post on Freckled Nest.

Annnd, before I go- click here for a link to a printable 40% off coupon for Joann Fabric. They're having a big sale this weekend too, and I got a lot of cute things for a low price! Definitely worth a look.

Happy Home-Ec-ing!

30 comments:

  1. oooh! This class sounds so interesting! If I had a sewing machine even I would love to have a go. And you're talking to the girl who "specialised" in fashion at art college and spent the WHOLE time snapping needles on sewing machines :(
    xxxx

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  2. You'll do wonderfully with the Home Ec class! I can't wait to see what you make. :) And thank you for the Joanne's coupon! I'm going there tomorrow for more fabric :)

    Love and Turtledoves,
    Jaco

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  3. I looove the lemon fabric & also the black & white fabric.

    I saw that coupon online the other day but it has that lady's name on it so I was not sure if I should use it... it worked ok with you?

    I think cloth napkins are so much fun!

    Jenn

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  4. I joined the class a few weeks ago too and I'm super excited! Love the fabrics you picked out :)

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  5. Even though I have $0 and a broken machine, I think your experiences with the classes are going to tempt me to sign up. I had no idea they were up for a year! That really takes the pressure off. I love your choice of fabrics! And it is so great to have a new hobby.
    Can Hank come over and fix my machine? NC is not far from you, right? ;-)

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  6. I'm afraid of sewing machines! I sewed through my finger once in 8th grade Home Ec and haven't touched a machine since. I totally commend you for doing this, though, because it's a great skill to have and you're going to make fantastic things! <3

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  7. I'm in the same class...love the fabric! see u in the lounge, hehehe

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  8. I have a sewing machine too, also in a box : [
    I want to learn so bad but I don't have much patience. My string always comes out and it drives me nuts haha Your post is very motivating to make me try again

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  9. I'm signed up too and super excited to start! I'm hoping I'm not horrible at it, though! Thanks for the coupon!

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  10. that lemon fabric- i love it too! i actually bought four yards of it at joanns a few months ago and have made myself a skirt, a skirt for a friend, and am working on a dress for myself. i need to hurry up and finish because that lemon print might be irrelevant come October. good luck with the sewing! i am sure you will find it extremely rewarding. :)

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  11. i love these two fabrics on top!! wish I had a machine and could start learning to sew as well...

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  12. Ooooh such a load of gorgeous fabrics there, you lucky thing! Have fun at your class, I took a sewing class this Spring and *loved* it :D

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  13. Great fabric! I buys tons of fabric and then stash it away because I am too intimidated to pull out the machine!

    I signed up for the class a few weeks back and can't wait to get going. I'm hoping that if I get in the habit of sewing, it won't be such a big ordeal every time, the way it is now.

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  14. I have that lemon fabric too, I've been obsessing on it for a while! And the blue.orange flower one on top, I think I want to use that for the quilt at the end!

    xoxo,
    susannahbean

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  15. That lemon fabric is dreamy! I went in Joanns yesterday & it was the first thing that caught my eye. So cute! Good luck with your sewing adventures!

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  16. BEAUTIFUL fabric, Danielle!! Love it!!

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  17. Hello fellow class mate! LOVE your fabric! Im totally stoked about the class and cant wait to get started!

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  18. you're adorable :) So excited that you're in Home Ec... Henry's gonna be all bibbed out! ;)

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  19. hooray for coupon...and what perfect timing. I need to stop by JoAnns tonight and get more material to finish up a car seat cover and new bumper set for my friend. You will have lots of fun in the class...Rachel makes great stuff..with clear directions.

    xo
    -erin

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  20. Very cool fabric. I actually just started making coasters using the black and white design you showed in the photo. I am totally amateur but I sell bibs on Etsy. Check it out if you have time. I do custom work too if you are interested.
    joneshome.etsy.com.

    P.S. I love your blog.

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  21. Learning to sew is so much fun. Picking out fabric and then seeing the final results are the best parts! I have that lemon fabric! It's so pretty I am using it in a quilt for my Mother. Good luck lady and have lotsss of fun!

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  22. Happy first day of our class! I'll have to upload my fabric swatches to my Flickr... I found some cute ones, and I'm using yellow floral and grey geometric fabrics for my napkins tonight. It'd be SO cute to add a few lemon napkins in my set.

    Looking forward to seeing your projects! :)

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  23. Hi.This is one of the loveliest blog i saw until now. And you made a really nice post about my friend Kim-Anh :) Im gonna add you to my favourite cause i need to follow you and your baby growing :)

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  24. i used the lemon fabric to make my daughter due in november ruffle bum bloomers!!

    check it out: wellies.etsy.com
    great minds (english teachers) think alike!

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  25. Hey Classmate!
    I love your fabric choices - can't wait to see what you make! Are you going to be posting pics on your blog? Congrats on little Henry - he is going to be one stylish baby when his mommy becomes a seamstress! See you in class, -e

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