Unselfish Crafting

I usually like to make handmade gifts for the holidays to go with the store bought ones which most frequently consist of knitted items, but I haven’t really spent much time knitting since I have thrown myself into sewing and I really didn’t have a lot of time. I did however manage to do a tiny bit of unselfish sewing recently. I made my nieces (ages 5 and 6) matching My Little Pony skirts. I bought the fabric almost a year ago at Jo-Anns and the pattern is a Burda kids pattern. I made this skirt pattern for my niece almost a year ago on my old Brother machine. I have to say that the experience was a lot smoother on my Juki and it was nice to be able to sew the two skirts at the same time assembly line style.
Matching My Little Pony Skirts for my nieces

Matching My Little Pony Skirts for my nieces

My second item of unselfish sewing is a silver leather pouch that I made for my sister. I got the leather/zip at Sew LA when I was there for my intro to leather class. It is the same pouch that I made myself in that class only a different color.
The zipper doesn't look too bad

The zipper doesn’t look too bad

I also managed to knit my sister a pair of fingerless mitts and my other sister a chunky infinity scarf.
Catching Butterflies

Catching Butterflies

Tiny Owl Knits pattern

Tiny Owl Knits pattern

I also bought some fabric for pajama patterns for the bf and I got Thread Theory’s New Castle Cardigan pattern with the thought that I will make a sweater for the bf, but both of those items will have to wait until after the holidays.

Begginer Projects that I made with my Brother XL2610

I recently replaced my first sewing machine (my Brother XL2610) with a new machine (my beloved Jukie F-600), and while I have to say my Brother drove me crazy with all of its tension issues, I did manage to sew quite a few little projects on it. I just wanted to share a few of the things I made with my Brother, which I think are all pretty good beginner projects.

I made a few skirts for myself (a gathered skirt with a zipper, a gathered skirt with an elastic waste, a full circle skirt, a taffeta party skirt and a little tutu); I made a couple skirts for my nieces; I made a few knit infinity scarves; I made an apron;  I made like 20 zippered pouches; I made a bunting; and As mentioned in a prior post, I made some doll clothes, etc ( you can see some pictures of some of my projects below). I’m hoping that after investing in my new sewing machine that I will be sewing a lot more frequently.

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