26th Nov2012

I Can’t Sew

by Dinah Wulf
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I can’t sew. Really. Well, I can sew in a straight line, but that’s about it. I did however, do one sewing tutorial on how to make envelop pillows when I first started blogging. Prior to this, the last time I used a sewing machine was 15 years ago.  I tried to follow a simple pattern for a T shirt.  I thought it’d be a good place to start. The key word is “tried”.  It turned into an off the shoulder half shirt.  Ever since that happened sewing has always intimidated me.

Fast forward 14 years, my amazing brother bought me a new sewing machine for Christmas 2011.  I took a picture for you.

Yep… still in the box as of November 2012.

I even had to read the directions to make sure I wound the bobbin and threaded the machine correctly.

So, just to be clear this post isn’t a sewing tutorial, rather it serves as social proof that I made these pillows for my guest room from the extra fabric I used to upholster this bench  and used this very generous present from my brother.  Here are some pictures to prove it.

On a side note, the entire time I was making these pillows I was thinking about how I made these same pillows in seventh grade home economics class.  My teacher would be proud!  Anyway, to my brother, I promise I will continue to try my hand at more sewing projects and it won’t be another 15 years before I do… maybe 10 or 12 but definitely not 15.  Just kidding!  Labu.


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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, a creative blog promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, Real Simple Lifestyler, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Angie's List, Fix.com, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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6 Responses to “I Can’t Sew”

  • Kuks Barrera

    Yay! Don’t worry, I’ll get you another sewing machine in 10 years. They just don’t last that long anymore (unless they’re old 1970’s Kenmore sewing machines like mine). Good job with the pillows! On a scale of 1-10, they go to 11.

  • I was happy to read your post and the picture of the sewing machine really intrigued me! I have a sewing business for over 25 year now, making window treatments! I LOVE, LOVE LOVE to sew (and the money isn’t bad either!)
    Your pillows look awesome!! You did a great job…try a simple table runner or see my post on easy placemats and napkins…simple to make…


    I look forward to more of your sewing posts and hopefully some of my posts can inspire you. I will be adding more sewing ideas and tutorials!

    Thanks for sharing!
    ~ Darlene

    • Oh my gosh! I love your napkin rings! Very clever! I know. I will have to sew more.

      Thank you so much… I truly appreciate your encouraging words!!!!

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