Tuesday, May 24, 2011


I took my second sewing class last Saturday. My mother is an amazing seamstress, but I was never really interested in learning from her when I was younger. I guess that's how I ended up at 40 having never touched a needle. And I think at this point it's safe to say I am not a prodigy.

The idea was - actually there were a few ideas:
  • to make cute pouches because I use them all the time to store little things and I've bought a ton of them
  • to find something new that I have fun doing, to learn something new
  • to make a few to sell on Etsy if I have fun making them and am not terrible at it
  • to do something I'm not very good at to get me out of my comfort zone
Everything is going fine except that last thing. That last one is going great. I am *so* not good at this. But I am having fun, and it's nice to be trying something new. Plus, and I keep saying this, I'm already turning into my mother - why not just speed up the process?

I'm going to "free sew" this Friday night (does that sound like a rockin' time or what? I hope there's wine involved) and if I get a few decent zipper pouches made, I do think I'll try my hand at an Etsy shop. So now I just need a name. Any thoughts? Sizzle and I were thinking about Onshore Creations. Maybe something having to do with sewing, or any of my other "hobbies" like surfing, travel, something Japanese, or maybe something about Oregon. Ready? Suggest.


  1. These are adorable. I will definitely buy one if you set up an etsy shop. My ex-boyfriend used to make fun of me because my bag just consisted of a bunch of little bags inside it. But hey, I knew exactly what was in each one of those pouches.

  2. I'm not sure if surfboard cozies are even a thing, but if you started sewing them I have to admit I would probably buy a couple.

  3. I really wanted to love sewing. I didn't. Boo. It was the measuring and ironing that got me. I'm great at mending and darning things though! And, well, making hand-sewn felt pins. I think it is great you are doing this. That bag is exceptionally cute!

  4. That bag IS fucking adorable. And Surfboard Cozy would be a great name.
    Good on yer for doing something new and uncomfortabel!

  5. Awesome, amazing and awesome!

  6. After watching my mom sew her hand to some pillow or something, I was always too scared to touch the sewing machine.

    Be safe out there!

  7. I thought of Bento Pouch when you said Japanese. Or you could get all exotic with Portland Couture.

    I'm turning into my mom too, sigh.