There are several times this semester when I have truly wanted to just put everything on hold, take an evening to myself, and craft. But, I somehow have stayed dedicated to all of my homework and tasks for my activities on campus, and I saved all my crafting for Fall Break. As usual, I ran out of time to actually finish everything during break….so I just put the finishing touches on one of my things over the weekend. Here are the things I made….
I made the shirt out of a t-shirt that I bought from Target ($10), a Vera Bradley cloth napkin (around $4), and an old white t-shirt to outline the Alpha Phi letters. Cutting out the letters wasn’t too hard, I just used a sweatshirt I already had to trace the shapes that I wanted, then used those as stencils. I ran out of time after that step, so I came back to school with cloth letters and a shirt, but no shirt with letters. Then this weekend I decided to just tackle the entire project….which made me truly hate sewing. I attached the letters to the shirt with Heat ‘n Bond hem, then sewed around them with my sewing machine to give them the look I wanted, and to make sure that they didn’t start to fall off…ever. This was a struggle…to say the least. It took entirely too long (around 4 hours), so I don’t think I will be making another shirt like that anytime in the near future….and I will most definitely cherish that shirt.
The pillow, on the other hand, was extremely simple. I took a plain pillow I already had and stitched on felt “petals” in the shape of a flower. It was so easy, and just look at how cute it is!
Even though sewing can be outrageously difficult (especially when you have a VERY cheap sewing machine), I truly love being able to look at something on Pinterest or on another crafting site and to know that I can make it. I might say some choice words to my sewing machine and debate throwing it out the window when it doesn’t do what I want it to, but in the end…I usually have some pretty cute stuff. Which is always totally worth it…obviously.