The first thing I sewed

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January 2010. I decided that I wanted my first sewing project to be a cat bed. Not only was this my first sewing project, but my first time ever using a sewing machine. Using some cheap fabric and stuffing I sewed the bed, wrong sides together. I showed it to my husband's family member and she asked how I was going to finish the raw edges. What are raw edges???

December 2012. The cat bed has seen better days. It's been washed a ton, the stuffing is flat, the raw edges are unraveling, and the colors aren't as vibrant. It's ugly.

Looking like a loaf of bread and being ticked about this photo session

January 2013. I decided to get rid of the hideous cat bed, but it had to be replaced with another bed, as my cat Stella is obsessed with sleeping in the same spot. I used some pretty quilting cotton and stuffed it with sewing scraps. I save all my fabric scraps, selvedges included, for projects like these. This time I made sure to sew the fabric right sides together and then turn it inside out ;)


Stella loves her new bed! It's definitely more her style.

Instant gratification projects can be so fun! Do you still have the first thing you ever sewed?

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  1. aww Stella totally approves. very cute.

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  2. Dear god no! The first thing I made was a dress with a lined bodice. When I started, I read the directions for staystitching and decided that I didn't need to staystitch. And needless to say, the neckline stretched out. I also decided that I didn't need to grade up my waist size, making the dress very uncomfortable to wear. On top of all of that, I used cheap quilting cotton (and it showed). Why don't I have it anymore? I wore it until there were holes in it!! :P I just loved that dress.

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  3. Aaaw, what a cute blog post and what a huge improvement ;o) To be fair, I had no idea what a raw edge was back then either! I recently cut up the first thing I ever made (a wonky dress) so I can use parts of it as muslin...hehehe!

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    1. Thanks, Marie! I also need to cut up some wonky dresses for "parts."

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  4. sweet Stella :) I think my dad still has a pillow I hand stitched for him. I drew and cut out a cowboy riding a horse on some blue felt. I hand stitched it to some white fabric that I made a pillow with. It's pretty small, not really functional--that's probably why it's lasted so long. lol The first time I used a machine to sew was in a class, and the first project was a drawstring bag (no idea where it is now).

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    1. That is so cute and thoughtful and perfect for your dad! I bet he loved it!

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  5. The first thing I sewed was this little guy
    http://becstitches.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/first-post-first-item.html

    he still sits on my sewing table to remind me of where I started:)

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  6. Naww! How cute is Stella :D This is a fab project and there is something really rewarding about tackling something you have made before and seeing the evolution of your rad skills.

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  7. Yes I do. It went all out with the first thing I ever sewed - a fully lined dress. I wrote about it here"

    http://www.madalynne.com/my-first-ever

    Once an overachiever, always an overachiever :)

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    1. Ummm I can't believe that was your first sewing project!!!!

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  8. Stella looks so cute on her pretty new bed! I still have my first project from when I started sewing as an adult. They are a pair of flannel pajamas with cows on them. My first sewing project as a kid was tiny Barbie clothes. No wonder I got frustrated and didn't think sewing was fun!

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    1. Do you still wear the pants? I want to make some pajama pants!

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  9. Now that is a happy looking kitty! So cute :)

    I think the first thing I ever sewed was a bean bag, it was awesome & is still going strong! Or maybe it was a set of sheets that I tie died in the late 90s & sewed up into a doona cover? Hmmm not so awesome :p

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    1. What do you use the bean bag for? I used to have a stuffed animal dog that wasn't technically a stuffed animal because it was filled with beans and I loved it!

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    2. I'm not sure what you call it over there, but here a bean bag is a really big fabric bag filled with polystyrene balls and there is only one thing you can use it for.... sitting in!

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  10. The first thing I ever sewed was I think a little decorative pillowcase. I was a very little girl, probably 9 years old. I have no idea where it is.

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  11. OH god I think the first think I ever sewed was an eye pillow!!

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    1. I want to make an eye pillow with some lavender in it!

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  12. The first thing I ever (successfully) sewed was a little red tie for my son. He's four now, and he refuses to wear any other ties. I cringe.

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  13. Oh, the new bed is so cute! I love it!

    Let's see, I sewed a little velcro pouch in my first sewing class, then I sewed a dress (by which I mean a rectangle with head and armholes, ha). I recently chopped it up-- I didn't finish the seams and they unraveled like CRAZY.

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    1. Oh, my first few projects don't have finished seams either!

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  14. I had to think about this for a moment, but yes, I do still have the first thing I sewed. It's yellow apron I made in 4H when I was nine. It came down to my knees; last time I tried it on it looked like a loin cloth. I'll have to drag that out the next time I go to visit my parents.
    Thank you for reminding me!

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  15. Stella is sooooo pretty! I loved reading this post!
    xo

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  16. I think the first thing I ever made was a pair of pillow cases in my home ec class in high school. Then I made a pair of camo print capri pants! Haha! Luckily I don't have those anymore lol. I love Stella, she's so darn cute!! Her new cat bed looks lovely and very professional ;)

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  17. I love looking at other peoples first projects as they are a really good way to chart your progress.

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  18. I think one of the first things that I made was a vest in clothing class in high school, my mom actually still wears it!

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    1. Awww that's so cool that your mom wears it!!!

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  19. Aww that is so cute! I love the fabric you used for the new bed.

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  20. That cat bed is so adorable! LOVE the pink fabric you used!

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  21. SOOOOOO CUTE!! I think my first sewing project was a pillow in home ec, but my first project as an adult was a chiffon wrap blouse which I've since wadded due to the fact I knew nothing about the much needed FBA at the time! lol

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