Monday, July 25, 2011

Sew Cute - Vintage Inspired Sewing Projects

I am not a sewer, but I want to be.  My mom was not much of a sewer either, and I never really learned from anyone else.  As time went on I became more and more intimidated by sewing...it all just seemed way to confusing to me.  Well, times are a changin'!  I have been fortunate enough to borrow my Mother-In-Law's sewing machine and I plan on teaching myself some simple, and I do mean simple, projects.  A pillow perhaps, a curtain, some embellishment on ready made pieces, maybe a little dress for my daughter...

{vintage grain sack pillow}

{curtains made from vintage sheets}

{embellished cottage pillow}

{vintage pillowcase dresses}

* all above photos via Pinterest

I've learned how to thread the machine so far, but that's all I have done for now...kind of a sad little start, huh?  I can tell you a bazillion excuses...er...reasons why I haven't started yet, but truth be told, I am still a bit hesitant to sew.  I am very envious of those of you who can whip up masterpieces like these...

{grain sack messenger bag, The Crafty CPA}

Burlap Tablecloth
{burlap ruffled tablecloth, Paul and Erika}

Yellow Hyacinth Print Sweetheart Prom Dress - Made to Measure - by Dig For Victory
{hyacinth dress, Dig For Victory}

I really do plan to get started sewing soon, and I hope my projects are not so overly embarassing that I may be able to share them here with you!  If anyone has any great tips, resources, or books for a beginner like me, please do share!

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19 comments:

melody-mae said...

haha. I never learned to sew from my mom either. I took one year of sewing in H.S. but, I plug along and sew easy things and it is very rewarding when I do. I hope you have fun that is the main thing with sewing, have fun doing it! :) good luck sweetie.

Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) said...

I have such a ridiculous admiration for people who can sew! I want to sew and I'm sure I could figure it out eventually....I'm just so intimidated by the whole thing!

Heidi said...

I sort of learned to sew from my mom ~ patterns have always been my problem. But sewing on paper is so much fun, and making your own little fabric gift bags from burlap etc. that's the extent of most of my sewing these days!
:)Heidi

Anne Marie said...

you have to start somewhere! I absolutely love that image of curtains from vintage sheets!!!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Funny you should post this, because I was thinking the same thing!!! Actually, my mother did sew and she did make a handful of my dresses. But for the life of her, she would NEVER let me get anywhere near her sewing machine, nor was I successful at getting her to teach me anything! Just recently, I've been browsing "how-to" books for beginning sewing...and it's just, well..overwhelming! lol I want to start, but not sure where! Sooo...if you have better luck at starting your journey into sewing things, please send your luck my way! lol I'd love to do something as simple as a pillow cover (is that even considered simple?)! lol

I'm sure if you tried, you'd be great at it!!! :) Can't wait to see your projects. And if you find a great resource, please do share. I've yet to even touch a sewing machine! lol

traci said...

good for you. you can do it and then you can teach me. my grandma was a master sewer and she never passed it on to her daughters or granddaughters. isn't that sad. i wish now i would have sat beside her and let her teach me.

hello lovely said...

i admire people who sew. my husband does our sewing so i don't get much practice. but i did sew simple slipcovers for ugly furniture when we were dirt poor.

i bet you'll be hooked!

michele

Vicki @ CurlyWillow said...

I really like all the inspiration you found. I'd love the know-how to do all that too. But, I'd really love the TIME to do everything on my "wish I could do that" list.

Megan said...

thanks so much for featuring my bag!

megan
the crafty cpa

Rebecca said...

You go Girl!!!! I've never learned to sew and feel the same way. So many times I wish I could complete a project only to have to wait or pay someone else. Looks like you have some great inspiration!

Mary said...

Sewing for Dummies - honestly, is there anything Dummies can't teach us? You can learn, and you'll be making pillows like the first picture in your post before any time. You can do it!!!

Hugs,
Mary @ Redo 101

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I especially like the embellished cottage pillow--a real eye-dazzler!

PRAISE FOR RED

What is there about the color red
That makes me want to stand on my head,
And give a loud shout or two of praise
For crimson tints that brighten my days?


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Bits of red here and here

Erica said...

I absolutely love that image of curtains from vintage sheets!

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michelle said...

Threading the machine can be very tricky, I think that you are doing very well! I am envious of those that can whip up beautiful creations as well, I wish I could sew too, other than pillows. Good luck and I am sure that you will do just fine.
xoxo

Veronica said...

I am not very good at sewing but I have seen so many lovely fabrics for new cushion covers that I feel inclined to go dig out my sewing machine and fire it up again! Also just for simple things like napkins and table cloths maybe...

Veronica

Heaven's Walk said...

I know exactly how you feel, girl. My grandmother sewed all of my clothes when I was a child. My mother never wanted to learn, thus --- I never learned either. :( Now, for some odd reason....I have a craving to learn to sew just simple things like pillow slips, runners, curtains, etc. Must be the repurposing-bug that's got a hold of us, huh? lol!

xoxo laurie

Honey at 2805 said...

My grandmother taught me how to sew, so I have no excuse. The hardest part is moveing the sewing machine from the utility room to the table! ;)

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Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

You can do it~ Not that I sew alot, but it is fun when I think of a sewing project & sit there to the Hum on the Old Machine, My problem is I Love My Old 40's machine the most, but for some reason (Age & eyesight) I have forgotten how to thread that machine (much harder than the newer ones) so I am waiting for My Daughter to come & thread it for me.... I can't believe I can't figure it out any more, the Brain just doesn't connect! lol
can't wait to see some of YOUR projects soon.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi Stacey, if you have the desire you can do it! I know how to sew, but I don't very much. Lately there have been a few things I've wanted to do so that motivates me. Stick with it and don't give up. Do they make a "Sewing for Dummies?", not that you're a dummy, but those books really help!
Thanks for linking up with VIF.
xo Debra