Monday, May 10, 2010

Sewing On and On

One of the packages I received in my DIY Craft Kit Swap was for making a messenger bag. I seem to have inherited my grandfather's penchant for collecting bags and messenger bags tend to be my favorite. I have several that I rotate between, but they're all larger then I would like. I've been looking for a bag that fits just my laptop, a notebook, and the power adapter for the Mac for quite awhile now. Turns out it was just something that I had to make for myself.

Elizabeth's mom is the fantastic Craftster that sent me the fabric and tutorial on how to make my dream bag, going so far as to take pictures of important steps and pre-cut the fabric for me. Her instructions were fantastic and exactly what I needed to get through my mental block when it came to sewing.

The final product is far from the perfect demo she sent me, but I think it's pretty damn good for my first real project.

The successful completion of the bag inspired me to finally create the cushion for my impromptu window bench, a project I've been wanting to do for about 10 months or so. I guessed the measurements for what size cushions I would need and it ended up that my guess was dead on. I had bought the fabric for the cushions from IKEA almost 5 months ago now, so after some quick cuts and a bit of patience, I completed my bench.

The first cushion's cover is a bit loose, I was too generous with my seam allowances. The second cushion is an exact fit, though, and looks store bought (if you don't look too closely at the seams).

I'm pretty proud of both the cushions, and they definitely make my bench a lot more comfortable. They took longer then I originally planned, but that's just because I was a bit of a moron this weekend and smashed the pinky on my right hand in the car door. It's healing fine and is more an annoyance then anything else at the moment.

Now, if only I could get my roommate to clean up his crap so my window bench didn't look so out of place.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Tutorial Time!

I'm going to keep this quick.. as quick as I can ever keep these posts.. But! I recently (and currently still am) organizing a DIY Craft Kit Swap on Craftster. The whole point of the swap is to learn a new craft and teach someone else a craft you know. So, I made three tutorials, which are posted as Pages, which you can access over there on the left hand side of the blog.