Since I've been getting lots of use this summer out of my handmade beach tote, I decided it was time to check in with another sewing class and try something new.
This month's project was designed by sewing instructor Becky Hansen, by special request of Martha. When Becky ran into Martha at a recent sewing machine conference, Martha showed her a bag that she had purchased in the Bahamas. Becky recreated Martha's tote, and added her own special touch of the Martha Stewart logo!
As I delve deeper into the world of sewing, I'm starting to experiment with more tools of the trade. Here, we have a sewing mat with gridlines, different types of scissors, various size pins, seam gauges, extra fabric, a seam ripper, and a hammer. Wait, a hammer for sewing?
Since the fabric we were using was heavy burlap, Becky showed Jill Earyes (a Martha Stewart employee) how a simple hammer can help pound out the material to make it easier to sew through. It worked like a charm!
Another tool that I just learned to use is the seam ripper. Even the best sewers make mistakes! Just be sure to use the seam ripper to remove one stitch at a time so that you don't cut through the fabric.
Make sure you have enough pins before you start your project. I love this magnetic tray instead of an ordinary pincushion.
There's a wide range of sewing machines available, so pick one that that suits your needs. Courtney Quinn is trying out this machine by attaching the bag's shoulder straps.
Always have an iron on hand to keep the edges pressed. Rachel Cohen is pressing the edges of the bag's base.
Ta-da! Here's my finished bag!
I love the details in the logo! Becky embroidered these for us before the class.
We all stand proudly under the Martha Stewart logo, showing off our bags to match: Kirsten Santiago, Jill Earyes, Courtney Quinn, Becky Hansen, and me.
If you want to put your own crafting skills to the test this summer, you can try a new craft every day!
What are some sewing or crafting tools that you love to use?