My Biggest Sewing Project

I started sewing in the late winter of 2014.  I went to an introductory class at Joann Fabrics, and from there, I used youtube and blog tutorials to learn everything else.  Most of what I have done has been trial and error.  I used tutorials or free patterns online to make my projects.  I also designed my own pattern for sausage pillows.  Up until this most recent project, I had bought a few patterns from Joann’s, but I hadn’t tried any yet.  I had my cousin’s baby shower coming up, and I wanted to make something for her gift, so I set out on using my first envelope pattern.

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I chose to make the bear.  I made a list of all of the fabric and other supplies I would need and set out to the store.  It was quite an ordeal having a toddler there with me.  She tries to grab everything off the shelves, and she touches all of the fabric I put in the cart, often times unrolling the bolts.  Several fits took place as well.  It took a while for me to pick out just the right fabric, but I finally had everything I needed.

When it came time for me to start working on it, I was a nervous wreck.  I read the instructions from start to finish several times.  My hands shook SO BAD the whole time I cut out the pattern pieces.  I was so afraid of messing them up.  After much longer than it should have taken, I finally got the pattern cut out.

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The next day, I started cutting out the fabric.  For some reason, that wasn’t as stressful as cutting the actual pattern.  I did struggle with how to mark the different parts of the pattern.  I finally decided to use tracing paper for the applique lines, and I used thread to mark the places where the pattern would go together.  It probably wasn’t the best method, but it worked out.

I worked on this project over a couple of weeks.  I would generally only work for about 2-3 hours at a time.  Finally it started taking shape.

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When I finally finished, it was such a relief.  My husband was impressed.  He never thought I would make anything like that.  My mom got to see it, and she loved it.  Of course, I am my own worst critic, so I saw imperfections here and there that bothered me, but overall, I think it turned out nice.

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I would love to see some of the projects you have made in the comments!

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