October 25, 2013

Sewing Class

Hello friends! Do you remember my DIY Ironing Table post? I've been getting a lot of use out of that table and have really been enjoying working with my sewing machine, Raven. I knew that there was quite a bit of ironing involved with sewing but I really didn't know how much. I finally started the Craftsy class, Sewing Studio: Fashion Fitting, Home Decor & More. The instructor really stresses the importance of ironing. I've learned a lot from taking this class and am proud to say I completed my first project!
I know it's just a pillow but I've got to start somewhere right? Besides I learned so many techniques that will carry over to future sewing projects. I was really impressed with how the French Seams turned out.

I was supposed to use muslin fabric on the back but I didn't have any so I used what I had. It's an envelope style, do you see those seams? Amazing right? No frayed edges showing!

I like taking classes this way because I can follow along at my own pace and replay things as needed. I can also take the class at whatever hour I want and even wearing my PJ's. When people finish a project they post pictures of their work, I like seeing how my classmate's projects turn out.  During the next session of this class I will learn how to make a skirt! If you're interested at trying a class yourself they have free mini ones available. You can find them all HERE. I'm interested in the Sewing Feet and Bag Making classes. Which one sounds interesting to you?

If you still don't know what Craftsy is here is some info they sent me to share:

What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more. 

Why should I take a class online?
Online education isn’t just for schools and universities anymore. Craftsy courses provide you the convenience of a world-class instructor in your home, whenever you want to learn. Online education, no matter what subject, is a great alternative to in-person classes for a number of reasons. 

With many online learning opportunities being on-demand, you are able to learn at your own pace, anytime. Online learning is a fantastic alternative to in-store craft classes for people with busy schedules or who have difficulty leaving the house. It also allows you to watch a troubling section over-and-over again, so you can see exactly how a technique is carried out, or refer back to your class for relevant concepts before beginning any new projects.

Maybe next time I get on Craftsy I'll see you there!  P.S. Craftsy is having a 24hr flash sale today, I'm gonna have to check that out. 



  1. YAY congratulations on your gorgeous pillow - nice job! I wouldn't have used muslin either - a pretty fabric front and back makes for a nicer project (as does eliminating or hiding all raw edges). Pressing and ironing are probably one of the best ways to make projects look GOOD - I only get a maximum of a year out of irons, lol. Looking forward to seeing your skirt!

  2. This is the kind of thing I would make - something for my flat. As a matter of fact, I've got some new material to make some more round pillows. I used to make a lot of my clothes, but I haven't made anything like that for years. Can't wait to see your next project. I was talking today with a friend about the laundry detergent my sister and I made in September. I have a few projects pinned on Pinterest that I want to try like berry butter to eat and body butter too..


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