My First Sewing Project – Roll Up Brush Organizer

Hi everyone!

I apologize for my absence over the last two weeks!  I’ve been ridiculously busy!  After this week things should slow down again!

I went home this past weekend and spent Saturday with my Mom learning how to sew on a machine.

As you know, I’ve been crafting all my life but machine sewing is not something I’ve ever really tried!  My mom and I figured that now was as good a time as any for me to learn!

My mom found a pattern on Pinterest that she thought I’d like, and we got started!

IMG_5969Here are my supplies.

I picked two complementary fabrics out at Jo-Ann’s.  The yellow looking one is actually a very pretty light cream with gold flecks!

IMG_5972We laid out the cutting board and all of our supplies on the dining room table.

IMG_5978I sewed the lining and outer fabric together with the tying ribbon and then folded part of it up to create a pocket for my brushes.

IMG_5985A little action shot for you!

Sewing the large pocket was pretty easy!  I had a ton of trouble when it came time to sew the individual brush pockets though!  The sewing machine wasn’t being very nice to me and kept jumbling up my thread at the beginning or end of almost every stitch!  The seam ripper and I became great friends during this portion of the project!

The sewing machine and I eventually got it figured out, and I was able to finish all the individual pockets several hours later!

IMG_6014Here’s my finished organizer!

IMG_6026I created several different sized pockets to accommodate the various sizes of my makeup brushes.

IMG_6032The pockets also fit my Tombow markers!

IMG_6022All rolled up with a pretty mint bow!  So cute!

I got quite frustrated during certain portions of this project, but I absolutely love how it turned out!

The colors and pattern are PERFECT!

Do you enjoy sewing?!

What was your first project?

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Ice Cream Cone

Hi everyone!

I have a sweet, summery project to share with you!

IMG_0224Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray (get it here!)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fabric (I used gingham from Hobby Lobby)
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil

IMG_0225DMC Floss Colors:

  • 210 – purple
  • 744 – yellow
  • 893 – pink
  • 964 – blue
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Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

This is the motif we will be using.

IMG_0236Print out the motif, and trace it with your Sharpie.

In the beginning, I wasn’t going to stitch the cherry.  Later on, I decided I wanted it, so I added it in.  It’s up to you!

IMG_0239Using your pencil, trace the design onto your fabric.

IMG_0241We’re going to start with our yellow thread and Back Stitch the cone.

IMG_0246Since our design is so small, I decided to use smaller stitches.

IMG_0249If I ever stitch this design again, I’m going to make the stitches intersect instead of overlap on the body of the cone.  I’m not a fan of how jumbled this looks.IMG_0250Now, we stitch the ice cream!

IMG_0253You can switch the ice cream colors if you’d like!

Two of the same colored scoops would look adorable, or you could add an extra scoop or two!

IMG_0256We’re going to Satin Stitch the cherry, but first, we need to Back Stitch the outline.

IMG_0260Now, Satin Stitch over your outline.

My cherry ended up more of an oval than a circle.  Whoopsie!

IMG_0262Add a little, curved stem to the cherry.

IMG_0269Our ice cream cone is complete!

Isn’t it adorable?!

A perfect summer craft!

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Chester the Chipmunk

Hi everyone!

I have another embroidery project to show you! IMG_7576Supplies:

  • Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond by Aimee Ray
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Fabric (I used muslin)

IMG_7579DMC Floss Colors:

  • 838 – Dark brown
  • 840 – Brown
  • 842 – Light Brown (optional)
Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching
Design courtesy of Doodle Stitching

Here’s a picture of the design I’m working off of. IMG_7569_2We’re going to start by hooping our fabric. IMG_7585_2The majority of this project is made by using the Back Stitch.

With brown thread, stitch a rounded triangle to create part of Chester’s head. IMG_7588_2Use the dark brown thread to create the ears.

I decided to stitch them at the same time instead of stitching the head in between.

My ears turned out two different shapes.  Whoopsie!!  Oh well, it gives Chester some character! IMG_7593Now we have to stitch the head.

I had no problems with left side of the head.  The right side is where I ran into trouble! IMG_7594I think I stitched and restitched the right side of Chester’s head at least three times!

I had a lot of trouble getting the cheek rounded the right way.  I kept ending up with harsh turns and sharp angles. IMG_7597_2Now, it’s time for the body and the feet! Just like with the ears, I had some trouble with the feet!

There is definitely a learning curve to hand embroidery! IMG_7602_2Little Chester is coming right along! IMG_7606Now it’s time to add his arms! IMG_7609You can make the arms the same length or different lengths like I did.

The book shows the arms as different lengths, and I figured it would be easier to make them blatantly different than try to make them exactly the same! IMG_7613_2It’s time to make Chester’s sweet face!

I used double wrapped French Knots for his eyes. I prefer double wrapped knots to single, because I like my knots to be a little bigger.  Especially in the case of Chester’s eyes. IMG_7618Chester has such a sweet grin! (At least I think so!)

With brown thread, use the Satin Stitch to make his tiny nose and the Back Stitch to make his mouth. IMG_7620_2Tail Time! Continuing with the brown thread, Back Stitch the upper part of Chester’s tail. IMG_7622Use the dark brown thread to finish off the tail.

I love the swirly part of the tail!  It adds (more) great character to our chubby chipmunk! IMG_7626The acorn is the last part of our project.

Use the brown thread to create the nut part of the acorn and the dark brown thread to create the upper “hat” portion. IMG_7632Once you’ve finished stitching the domed “hat” portion of the acorn, add one Straight Stitch crossing over the upper half to make the stem. IMG_7854 Chester the chubby chipmunk is complete!!

I think he turned our might cute if I do say so myself!! 😀

Feel free to add more acorns or the wording like the example from the book!

Happy Crafting!!

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