Last Saturday I made my first trip to the fabric store (two stores, actually) to pick out fabric for a couple of gifts I am making for friends. I have SEVEN friends who are expecting in the next 6 months! That’s a lot of babies! I’m excited that I can now make something as opposed to buying something from the store. I have to confess, it’s also good excuse to look at all the darling baby-themed fabrics.
Although I was looking forward to getting started, I was also nervous because the patterns/tutorials I am using I found for free on other sewing blogs. My first sewing project: Buttercup Bag from Made-by-Rae used pre-measured fat quarters, so I just picked out the fabric I liked and headed for the register. This time I had to do some figuring as to how much fabric I needed for three sets and, well, my math skills are pretty lame-o. When I got to the first store I chose the cute boy- themed material and waited in line at the fabric counter. When my number was up I timidly told the person helping me “I actually have no idea what I am doing, so can you check my math?” Thankfully, I had a very kind and seasoned seamstress named Becky who took a lot of time double-checking my figures to make sure I didn’t leave the store short on fabric. She also gave me some great tips which boosted my confidence. I think she was happy to share her knowledge with a newbie. I was very grateful for Becky!
By the time I got the second store I had shed my amateur status (in my mind at least), stepped up to the counter with my fabric and confidently explained what I needed. It was great!
Once I was home, I washed all of the fabric and set to work cutting out my pattern templates from paper. I’m keeping this project under wraps to try to keep it a surprise for my first 3 friends who are expecting baby boys, but I will be doing a lot of sewing. A LOT.
Can’t wait to share the finished projects here!