Feeling rather accomplished lately. Why does this make me nervous? What am I forgetting? As you can guess, I am not used to feeling like I am ahead of the game. Especially as a new mother, especially as a seamstress. However, it has been four weeks of regular gym work outs (thank you Fitocracy!) and almost a month of marking things off my sewing goals list!
I am not bragging, so don’t be fooled by my joyous over-confidence. I whipped up some overdue holiday gifts for some sewing pals of mine, using the fabulous pinch frame purse tutorial on Petite Purls by Rashida Coleman-Hale. To be honest, I had the tutorial saved on my phone for ages, and had purchased the frames on Etsy in 2010 – eep! It feels so good to use these frames.
Sewing for gifts is something I do and somehow also complain about often. It’s hard for me (maybe everyone?!) to know what people might enjoy. However, when I remembered that my stash had these fun frames I knew I would have to give the tutorial a try.
And because I have four frames, I whipped up one for myself first, to make sure I had the process down right.
And, maybe not surprisingly, it didn’t go well. I thought I would be fancy and use linen for the frame casing. Apparently, it had completely escaped me that linen has thick fibers and is actually not very thin compared to quilting cottons. So the frame doesn’t actually close well. It won’t drop my phone, but coins it probably would lose. I do really love this scrap of Echino fabric I had, so it isn’t a complete toss.
The tutorial is fast and easy to follow. The process is more simple than it seems. I suggest making a few for yourself in all sizes! The one above holds sunglasses easily!
I made one for Sew Your Own Way in Tula Pink:
One in a kelly green for Nerdy Sewist:
And one in Echino for Mermaid Sews:
I do hope they enjoy their new homes! The frames are such a delight to use and make a professional product. I bought mine here.
I managed to sneak in something not on the list (oh no!) a handmade clutch for my niece turning 13! Happy Birthday lady! I used Anna Maria Horner’s voile and velveteen. It came out just lovely if I do say so myself.
She seems quite pleased, but honestly, turning 13 is probably one of the best birthdays ever.
I have other things in the works, and a couple of things completed but not yet documented. I can tell you now, though, is that I am getting even more excited about making myself clothes!
Hope you are all having wonderful experiences too!
PS: My real big accomplishment is that my almost 18 month old son gave me a real kiss today. It never occurred to me to teach him to kiss, and he just did it all on his own. I am blown away by the joy of love. Below are the boys of Team Erickson.