I got Cookie, my new sewing machine, for Christmas.
Isn't she purdy?
I then went on a mission to learn how to sew stuff. My gram has been sewing amazing stuff since before I or even my mother was born. I want to learn how to sew like that!
My first real project was a diaper bag. I found a cute pattern for one I liked, but it lacked a few features I wanted, so I thought I'd try to improvise. I had a few diaper bags already, but they were huge, and I just didn't need bags that big. I don't formula feed or even bottle feed breast milk, so I don't need the 40 bottle and formula storage pockets, my kids always refuse pacis so I don't need those little pockets. I just needed some space for diapers, wipes and spit rags. So when I found a tutorial online for a kid size messenger bag, I was happy!
I went a little crazy buying sewing supplies and fabric, but we just counted it as part of my Christmas presents, haha.
I ended up doing a much better job than I expected to for my first major project. Well, by that I mean the finished product looks much better than I expected it to. Let's just say the seam ripper and I are great friends, and after a few hours of banging my head against the wall, I learned that using your zipper foot backwards does NOT produce desirable results. Lessons learned!
But anywho, here is the almost finished product. (I added a strip of Velcro to the flap to keep it down, and a large decorative button to cover the stitching from the Velcro)
And then with the extra fabric I had left over, I also made a matching wipes case (one big enough to hold the BJs size wipes without me having to cut open a bag every time!) and a changing pad.
I'm so proud of myself! :-)