Look what I made tonight:
It’s a sassy fabric cardholder – and aye hey-ulped! Here’s the inside. Experts will no doubt guffaw at what a simple sewing project it is, but since I’m a beginner, I’m pretty pleased to have accomplished such a staggering feat. My Mom (who happens to be an expert seamstress) is helping me finish up a few parts of my first sewing project, which ended up being waaaaaaaaaaaaay too complicated for a neophyte like me. In the meantime, I decided to bolster my pride by trying my hand at a project better suited for goofs newbies.
I followed this tutorial from Magda’s Little Thing blog. The steps are simple and easy-to-follow. I used leftover scraps of fabric from my first project – isn’t the paisley lovely? I topped everything off with a sweet little button covered in my lining fabric.
I learned a few things along the way, which I thought I’d pass on:
- When I went to JoAnn’s to buy velcro, I found round discs and bought them instead of a strip of velcro to cut squares from. I thought the discs would give the cardholder a more tailored look. The problem is that I can’t really sew in a neat circle yet and instead could only manage a jaggy octagonal blob. Before I make more of these, I’ll buy a strip of velcro to cut squares from so I’ll only have to sew straight lines next time.
- Don’t forget to backstitch when you start and finish the seam.
- At the end of her tutorial, Magda suggests using fusible stabilizer to give the fabric more oomph. I didn’t do this but definitely will next time, because it’s a bit flimsy otherwise.
I’ll be making several more of these puppies as gifts for friends but will use different fabrics. I’m also planning to try some other fun-but-easy projects. Stay tuned!