After the last last season (two seasons ago) of Project Runway, I became obsessed with the idea of sewing. Thinking that maybe it was just the show and not really something coming from the deeper recesses of my soul, I decided to make a decision about sewing in between seasons. After the season ended, the itch was still there, so I asked for sewing lessons for Christmas. My parents hooked me up and the plan was to take a four day course through the community college’s continuing education program. But I picked up a job that interfered with the class, so I had to reschedule to take the course at another time. I was **really** bummed about this, so after some fishing around, I discovered Workshop, a DIY (do it yourself) workshop space for sewing, screen printing and other such things. It’s really close to home and it has these mini sewing workshops for cheap. So I signed up for their next Rock n’ Roll sewing course.
As I walked in, I was greeted by Caitlin, the instructor, Kelly the owner? manager? director?, rock music and stacks of PBR. We sat down at our machines and learned to wind a bobbin and thread the machine. Then we played around and sewed some random stitches. Once we got the hang of that, Caitlin drew some designs on paper and had us sew over the lines. This was harder than you might think and most of us were WAY off. But, our task mostly completed, we moved on to making our first project: a beer cozy.
A beer cozy is like a tea cozy, but for your beer. Beyond that I’m not really sure what it’s function or purpose is. We started by cutting out a very simple pattern, pinning it and sewing a rough draft (see the pink one). Once we got the hang of that, we moved on to our final draft. I selected a blue flannel, which I thought would match E’s pajama pants. That way, if he ever wants to drink beer in his pajamas, his beer cozy will match. For this one, we created a nice hem at the top (now I know how to hem!) and used an iron and everything. Here are the finished projects:
After the beer cozies, we learned to sew a pocket, which we then sewed into the seam of an old pillow case. The pockets were intended as a place to store condoms, but you could also fit them into your bra for your ID (if you didn’t want to bring your whole purse out drinking) – the applications are really endless. I was a little worried about being able to sew in a straight line along the existing seam of my pillow, but I nailed it on the first try. And now our guest pillow case has a secret condom pocket. Guests, please do not leave your condoms in the pillow case.
Sew yeah…on to the next project!