Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ruffled Note Pad Holders

I got this idea from my good friend, Emily. She had made something similar for a couple of friends for their birthday gifts. As soon as I saw what she had made, I knew it would make a cute teacher gift.

Mind you, this is only my second sewing project, so it didn't turn out perfectly. Actually, I'm starting to think that sewing may not be for me, because I am too much of a perfectionist. It is really difficult to get hand sewn (or even machine sewn) projects to look unflawed. But, I'm not giving up just yet. Maybe sewing will actually be a good thing for me, forcing me to "let the small things go."

Here is the original inspiration. (This is where Emily got the idea.) You can purchase the tutorial, but I was able to figure out how to make it by just looking at the pictures.



As a new sewer, here are some things I learned along the way...

  • Measure twice, cut once. 
  • Unless you use a really heavy duty fabric, you need to use a stabilizer in between the layers. 
  • Sewing on a button isn't as easy as it looks. I had to look up directions. LOL
  • I can't sew in a straight line. And, curved corners are REALLY hard to make look perfect. 
  • Having an iron handy makes hemming a lot easier. 
  • Thinking backwards is tricky. Once I sewed all the pieces together and turned the holder right-side out, the front was on backwards. I had to rip out the seems and start over.