Hello!  I decided to teach myself to sew because my son has a long torso and short legs.  This means that pants that fit in the waist are like 4-6 inches too long...so it's ridiculous to roll them up.  A few weeks ago I ordered  sewing machine off Overstock.  I wanted something very basic and easy to use, so I chose the Janome 3/4 size Hello Kitty version.

Wow....sewing with this is super easy!  I think that the reason I didn't take to sewing before is that when I was a child, I was using temperamental machines and I didn't really know how to operate them.  I read the manual and watched a number of clips on youtube and then I was off.   I started by repairing all of our pillowcase that had holes in the corners (pillow covers have zippers that cause wear over time, particularly on high thread count sheets) and moved to closing the pockets in my dress pants, then on to my son's hems.  All super easy!

In my research, I saw that there were some pretty cool things that looked pretty easy.   Other than youtube, allfreesewing.com is my best resource.  This bag, however, I didn't find an pattern for. 

I used the bag in the background as a general guide--I'm cutting out: 

-body of bag--17x13, 2 linings and 2 dot fabric

-bottom of bag--17x5, 1 lining and 1 dot fabric

-sides of bag--13x5, 2 linings and 2 dot fabrics

-straps--30x4, 2 of dot babric, 2 blue ribbon

-Ribbon to finish the top

Here is my fabulous Hello Kitty sewing machine....mid stitch in sewing a strap!

And here it is....my first real sewing project.  It turned out ok if you don't look TOO close.  My sewing isn't 100% straight and I made a classic rookie mistake.  When I sewed my bag to my lining, I initially had it right, but I second guessed myself and sewed it together wrong....and since I used a zig-zag stitch so it wouldn't unravel, I think it would have ruined the bag if I tried to pull it out.  I was planning on finishing the top with the blue grosgrain ribbon, but I was going to use one inside and outside.  Instead, I had to fold one in half.  It looks ok. 

I'm pretty happy with my first attempt to make something and can't wait to move on to other projects.  I encourage you all to take up sewing...it really is less complicated than you might think and youtube has a bounty of information!

Thanks for reading!!!


OK...I made 2 lined zippered pouches and lined zippered coin purse....THese were so much easier than the bag!


Cut bag, lining, find zipper......tutorial up on the laptop!     Finished products...open


Lined pouch & Coinpurse, closed        Another lined zipper pouch...super easy!

Here's the link to the easy tutorial for the zipper pouches:


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Nov. 8, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Those are soooooooooooo cute!!! Great job :)

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Nov. 10, 2010 at 9:02 AM

I'm sure you will get lots of comments on your matching set..."Where did you get it!' You should feel real proud of yourself.

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Nov. 10, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Great job! I've taken up sewing because I just can't find the kind of clothes that I want for myself and my girls. I'm getting better with each project.

There is a blog that inspires me. I forget the exact web address since she's moved it to a personal domain (she grew too big for blogspot!), but it's called Make It And Love It. I usually find it by doing a Google search.

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Nov. 10, 2010 at 12:51 PM

THanks!!!  I'll have to look at that. 

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Nov. 10, 2010 at 1:12 PM

I wish I had a sewwing machine my daughter has to wear uniforms to school. I hemed her pant legs ok but I got her a couple skirts and Im afraid I will mess them up if I try to do them by hand. I don't want one side shorter than the other.

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Nov. 10, 2010 at 4:41 PM

I'm so inspired by you i used to sew 10yrs ago and stopped. i only made 2 dresses. i think i will take out my machine. thanks don't stop good work.

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Nov. 10, 2010 at 8:34 PM

I really like your bag what a great job I used to sew all my own baby and some for my children when they got older now it's the granchildrens turn sewing can be relaxing and sometimes frustrating but it's worth it

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Feb. 1, 2011 at 12:03 AM

Pillows I made my sister last week for her b'day :-)

Laptop case I made my dad with velcro closure and pics of his grandkids :-)

Pillows I made for nephew for Christmas...

Some of my lined bags I made as gifts

Some coin purses I made for homeless kids....

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Feb. 24, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Oh you are good.  I have always wanted to learn how to sew.  I interest is in learning how to do linens...sheets, pillows cases/pillows, bed spreads and curtains. 

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