Conquer the fear - learn to sew

Have you seen the cute totes and bags so many crafters are creating? Are you like me and sorta afraid of a sewing machine? Ok, so I'm not afraid exactly; but, the thought of trying to sew in a straight line makes me break out in a sweat! As you know,  Stampin' Up! has been carrying some really nice fabrics. I had purchased some, but being wimpy with fear was going to lead to them ending up in my storage closet. Such beauty in hiding... not good!

Well, when I saw this easy to follow tutorial by Midwestern Sewing Girl I remembered that, in addition to the fabric, I had some canvas in my stock-pile of supplies. I started feeling brave and then the chicken in me figured that if it went horribly wrong, I could just toss it and never tell anyone ;) So here is my first attempt; I have to admit, it was easy and it's pretty darn cute - crooked lines and all.

The circular element on the front is from a leadership project. It uses some of the same fabric so I figured I could skip the ruffles on the tutorial, attach some of our fabulous ribbon and use this instead. Ok, so I should have ironed it before showing it to you.... look away from the wrinkles and check out the inside:

Cute, right? So... now I'm off to improve my sewing (and ironing!) skills so I can make more for gifts :)

Before you go, if you are looking for the tutorial on the fabric bookmark shared last weekend, visit my how-to page for the details. Thanks for stopping by!

Lining Fabric and decorative element on front were created using Stampin' Up! Springtime Vintage fabric, item # 121817. The front panel also uses 5/8" Satin Ribbon in Pretty in Pink and Taffeta Ribbon in Rich Razzleberry.
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Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric (121817, $9.95)