I'm not the best seamstress in the world and I'm not the worst. I'd place my sewing skills squarely in the middle--not a novice at all but by no means an expert. I am self-taught and have found that I'm pretty good at figuring things out. And I'm loving this current bloggy craft movement where you can find a tutorial online for just about anything. There are so many projects I want to try!
But last week I didn't attempt anything new. I made some embellished burpers and a minky blanket for friends to give as gifts to new babies in their families. I sometimes sell these on Etsy in my "shop" but I haven't listed anything in forever. Maybe someday....
The burpers are just embellished with quilting cotton and ribbon at the bottom and I add a handcut applique over the machine-embroidered name (I have a small embroidery sewing machine which is fun). The blanket is so snuggly. I use super plush dot minky on one side and coordinating quilting cotton on the other. I have yet to figure out the trick to working with minky!!! It slips so much--and I even use a walking foot. It always ends up a bit wonky but I think I'm the only one who can tell. Please pass along any tips if you have them.
I hope to do more sewing as the school year picks up. It's one of my favorite things to do during any down time. But right now, after the boys are in bed, I am tackling rooms and closets in the house on an organizing mission. The older boys pretty much wrecked any systems I had in place before summer. I love that they are getting to be so independent in getting out toys and craft supplies, but sheesh! It comes at a price. A messy, stacked-bins-defying-gravity price. I am saving my craft room for last because it is the room that needs the most work--I let them loose in there to make some cards and now there are bits of this and that everywhere. I plan to post "after" pictures. And if I can stomach showing its current blitzed state, I'll even post "before" pictures...but I wouldn't count on it!