My Sew 2 arrived last Thursday and I couldn’t keep my hands off of her.

I had been looking up various projects for beginners like me and I had some pretty good ideas. But then it hit me like a brick – I had NO fabric, an ultimate sewer’s block! I had looked up a tips video by Whitney Sews on thrifting and I was bound to use some of her suggestions. Away I went to the thrift store.

I visited three stores on Friday and looked for sales. There were some pretty good deals going on. I also contacted a lady who was giving away loads of fabric, not for free but for a cheaper value than retail stores and picked some odd ends there. Next step after I got home was to shrink the big pieces, dry and iron them. Here’s what my living room looked like while they waited on my sofa to be ironed.

fabric haul

After the ironing came the pains-taking part, the cutting. Did that and then started working on my Sew 2. After working the weekend and literally buring the midnight oil, only at today’s home its the electricity bill we burn, I ended up with these products. This is my first attempt at:

– A Reversible placemat, so proud of how it tuned out.

Placemat the jungle side
Placemat the jungle side
Placemat floral side
Placemat floral side
Placemat
Placemat

– Kids aprons

Apron perfect for a tea party.
Apron perfect for a tea party.

 

Apron for a basketball -lover
Apron for a basketball -lover

– Kids’ half apron: At the Farm

Before - cutting phase
Before – cutting phase
At the Farm-finished
At the Farm-finished
Upclose the 'cute as a button' pocket
Upclose the ‘cute as a button’ pocket