24 February 2010

Sew cute

I mentioned a couple posts ago that I wish I could sew. Well, I've decided I'm going to teach myself! I've borrowed a sewing machine off a friend of my Mum's and have been pouring over sewing books from the library. So far I've managed the small achievement of threading a bobbin on the machine :) The next step will be actually threading the machine and having a go at some practice stitches. I emailed Brother and got them to send me a dvd of how to use the sewing machine so hopefully that will help! The last time I sewed something was in year eight or nine when I made a pillow and a pair of boxer shorts which actually turned out quite well. I'm hoping that's a sign I'll have a knack for sewing.

I found this sewing basket at my favourite op shop during their half price sale the other week for $2.50. I love the cute flower pattern on the inside :) At the moment it's just housing some material scraps I found at another op shop for $1.50. Still on the hunt for a smaller sewing box I can keep all my bits and pieces in.

I also found this old sewing book for $1. The instructions inside look nice and clear so it could come in handy. I've ordered a copy of the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing (couldn't find an old copy in an op shop, bugger!) as I've been reading the one I borrowed from the library and found it really helpful :)

If you have any suggestions of particularly helpful websites/books or easy sewing patterns I could try do let me know, I need all the help I can get! I think my first project will be a headband, I should be able to manage that surely.

In other exciting news my Mum has just started volunteering once a week at one of our local op shops. Make sure you're extra nice to the op shop volunteers you speak to because it could be my Mum that's serving you! :)


  1. The sewing basket is adorable! Good luck with the sewing. I don't really know of any helpful sites or books. I basically just nag my mum for sewing advice haha. Anyway, can't wait to see what you make :)

  2. hi bec!
    there's a really really really good sewing book called
    'The Sewing Book' by Alison Smith
    It teaches you basically everything! hemming, sewing collars, altering, making patterns, pleats, curtains, anything! and it's got really clear, step-by-step photos & instructions. Be sure to check it out, it's the one I use when I need help!

  3. I love that box sooo much...what a great find!!


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