Back to Basics: My First Sewing Project

Do you have a hobby?

It’s so easy to have EVERY.POSSIBLE.MINUTE.FILLED. when you are a busy mom. I totally get that. And, as a result, my stress levels remain higher than they need to be, and my spacey mommy brain remains (unfortunately) in charge most of the time.

Yes, hobbies or relaxing time are GOOD for your health.

For the past two years or so, the only hobby I’ve had is writing this blog.  Which I certainly haven’t done much of for quite a while, what with moving 7 of us across the world and all.

I do have lots of things I like to do, or would like to learn to do,  if I ever “have extra time” (HA HA).

I love to do jigsaw puzzles.  I love to read.  I’d like to take an art class, or just sit down and try to draw what I see. Once I learned to crochet; I don’t remember how any more but I could see learning that again.  And for some reason, I’ve always wanted to make a patchwork quilt. I even decided to start one by hand, without a machine (since I didn’t have one). I was determined.

I didn’t get very far.

Of course, if I had a machine….I could make things. You know, in all my spare time.  When I was little, my mom taught me to use the sewing machine.  She was not very experienced, but she did make me a few costumes and uniforms; I figured if I could make super hero capes for my kiddos, that alone would be worth a ton!

I started thinking about getting a sewing machine.  I looked on Amazon, I browsed at Wal-mart, and then…I got a surprise hand-me-down sewing machine out of the clear blue sky!

Completely clueless, I watched YouTube videos over and over as I muttered under my breath trying SO HARD TO MAKE THE BOBBIN THREAD GET PICKED UP!  I finally figured it out, and then surprisingly never found any of that free time laying around, and so I never did anything with the machine.

It just sat there, lonely on my bedroom desk, asking me to come use it. But on what, exactly? I had next to no skills, and no ideas. Except…..I have all these old marbles my mom’s been holding onto with some of my other toys (some of them were even her marbles-how cool is that?) And the kids would have oh so much fun playing marbles “for keeps” if I could divide them up…..but what to put them in?

Aha!

I did it! My very first sewing project. I watched this:

And I did it. Not much sewing, which is right for me. I did put the wrong sides together (well, one right side and one wrong side), making it have one side look inside out. Kind of cool that way though….I can pretend I meant to do that, right? 😉 NOTE: the picture above is not my bag. I’ll swap this picture out for one I take of mine when I get around to it.

I figured I could make several small ones and I’ll divide all the marbles and distribute, so each child can have his own marble bag.  And for other toys too…..army guys, etc. that don’t have a home.

I feel good about it.  It’s so nice to do something creative and fun and practical. And, I even wrote this blog post about it, so I actually did TWO hobby type things. Go me!

And someday, in that “back to basics” kind of way, I’ll attempt some actual clothes. For the kids, of course. Maybe pajamas….or a cute little girl dress. This could be good.

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