Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Look what bloomed while I was out to Easter lunch Sunday :)
What do you cook for your in-laws, or company in general? I have a habit of cooking something new, something I've never tried before. Sometimes it is a total flop. But even when it isn't, an unfamiliar recipe under pressure can be stressful, you know? I usually kick myself a dozen times over and vow not to put myself through that again. And then I do. I suppose the reason I search out new foods for special occasions is that our usual fare is rather dull. I have better odds of getting dinner into the kids if it is simple food. :)
Well, this weekend I did kind of the same thing, but in front of my sewing machine instead of the stovetop. You see, I decided to bring a hostess gift for my Sister-in-law to Easter lunch. Instead of flowers, I decided to sew her a little zippered pouch.
I'd never sewn one before, or any zipper at all. I bought the fabric and zipper Saturday afternoon and spent Sunday morning sewing. This is what I came up with:
It turned out fairly well I think, although I had my doubts for a little bit. See, the directions called for a zipper foot, but somehow mine is missing. I can't think what could have happened to it, I've never even used it. So I made do with my walking foot, but the zipper pull knocked everything out of kilter when I had to stitch beside it.
I had a teensy bit of trouble when I didn't follow directions, and used too small a seam allowance. Oops.
The corners on either side of the zipper are a bit odd. There were openings on both sides of the zipper, because of the wrong seam allowance, that I had to hand stitch closed. Oh, well, my sister-in-law liked it, and I'm planning to give it another go when I locate my zipper foot. And I'll follow directions this time :) If you're interested, I used a tutorial from Kelbysews. And just to be clear, all problems I had were my own creation, the tutorial was great.
I love this picture :)
As for Easter lunch, I decided to ask the kids what they wanted me to bring - corn on the cob and ants on a log. Nice and simple. :)