Let me begin by saying that sewing is not a talent I possess. BUT, it IS a skill I want to develop. SEW, I decided to try my hand at a few easy patterns. I started with an easy padded camera strap slip cover. My camera is heavy and the strap is always digging into my neck. I love this slip cover! I picked up some cheap fabric at Wal-Mart and made quick work of this. After all, it's all straight lines. I got the instructions from HERE. (Sorry about the poor quality photos - I took these on my point and shoot)
THEN, seeing as I had fabric left over, I decided to try my hand at another straight line kind of pattern. I saw this pattern for a cute reversible tote bag and thought I'd give it a shot. Again, super easy pattern and I was able to finish it in just under an hour. I love it. I made a posy pin and pinned it on for an extra touch.
My daughter wanted to get in on the sewing action, so together we put together this little teddy bear with pieces of fabric I had laying around. I did the curvy parts of the sewing, but she did the rest. She plans to give it to JJ for her birthday. I think she did a great job!
And finally - knowing that JJ would be getting something homemade, I decided to keep out the sewing machine and make a cute fabric doll using a pattern from BitOfWhimsy. It took a couple of hours for me to finish it, but I can't wait to make another one!
I loved that I just used extra fabric I've had lying around. It cost me nothing. Now, on to some knitting!