Today I'm sharing a look at an easy, fun sewing project I did recently. How do I know it's easy? I made it. That means it has to be easy.
This was only my second sewing project ever (unless you count Valentine's hearts or felt donuts). I used to think that I hated sewing, but it turns out I just needed the proper motivation - making something fun! Have a look at my first-ever sewing project, a dress for my daughter's Canadian girl doll, here.
When I was shopping in The Junction a few weeks back, I found this very cool book in a secondhand book store. It's called "Cute Stuff" by Aranzi Aronzo. I had never heard of it, but it turns out it's from a series of fun books that also includes "Baby Stuff," "Cute Dolls" and more.
I decided I'd start by making a small drawstring bag for my daughter. I was attracted to this project because I had the necessary supplies already and the sewing required is beginner-level.
The purse can be made with almost any fabric, so I used some sunny fabric I found at a thrift store a while back. I did go out and buy matching yellow ribbon, but that was out of laziness. You can make the drawstring with fabric, but I just really hate trying to fold, iron and sew a skinny piece of fabric. Cutting corners is the name of the game, people.
The book has several (very adorable) ideas for appliques. Templates are included.
I went with a bunny head because it's cute (duh!) and also because a head is easier to do than an entire body. Being new to crafting/sewing, I had never embroidered a French knot before. That's why the nose is a little messed up. I had to watch a YouTube video to understand. But that's the great thing about projects for kids. Kids won't notice or complain about "flaws."
My little girl graciously modeled her new bag for me.
Until she quickly grew tired (and very dramatic).
Apparently she told a number of her school friends that I can make them bags too. I said this project was easy. I didn't say quick. Because it probably took me way longer than it should have. I wouldn't hold your breath for those bags, girls.
My little one likes to carry coins and stones around in her bag.
My son wants me to make him a pouch with a Minecraft character on it. I'm thinking camouflage fabric would be cool.
How about you? Are you a proficient sewer? Does this look like something you would like to make?
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