Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sewing Lessons

Every once in a while, I get to teach someone something about sewing...it's a real treat for me!

Today was such a day. My friend Buffi found an Advent calendar that she thought was way cute...small trees w/24 treat bags tied on...and she decided she wanted to make them and start an Advent tradition in her family. So she purchased some fabric, borrowed her mother's sewing machine and came over so I could help her get started.

The bags weren't hard to figure out, and it is a fabulous project for a first time seamstress...straight seams, zig-zagged edges, simple turned down hem, and no fitting. She has three kids, so we cut 24 bags for each of them, then we walked through the construction on a bag so she could see how to do it.

It wasn't difficult, and she had a nice little bag.
I predict by the time she makes all 72 of these, she'll be quite comfortable running things through the machine!


  1. What a great introduction to sewing! I made our advent calendar in 1995 and it's my kids' favorite part of the season- every day of December is a celebration :))

  2. How nice! Teaching sewing really feels good, doesn't it? It's like opening up a whole world for someone... :)

  3. I had a GREAT time today Lisa!! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to help me! I think I might have a new hobby!!! :) As long as everything I do is THIS simple!! thanks for a great day!!!!

  4. Self-interest: there's a potential costuming helper here, LOL! The bags are a great idea...I might steal it for something else ;).

  5. What fun! Looks likes she's doing great!

  6. What a wonderful project! I hope we get to see pictures of the final project! You were so very kind and generous to help her!