Here’s my February submission for the InStitches Sew Along. Some may consider the “sign” redundant; I consider it politely emphatic. The theme this month was the eye mask and/or the bedside organizer, with embellishment. For mine, I used the famous freezer paper stencil technique for the lettering, and rickrack trim. The stenciling is something I believe I’ll be doing over and over – it’s so cool! – and I’ll also be working on my rickrack technique. I should have allowed for a little more ease or something, because it’s way too taut. Also, I opted to use elastic for the band instead of the suggested ribbon ties. The ribbons seem a little fussy to me, like they would constantly be coming loose or tangled in your hair.
And now it’s time for a little segment I like to call Sewing Secrets:
Secret #1: Following a Pattern
The first important key to successfully following a pattern is this:
–Wait for it-
Read the pattern.
Read it thoroughly before you begin. Then proceed to Step 1, and read it again. Continue to repeat this method for each step. Do not give it a quick glance and decide that you’ve “got it”, because odds are you do not.
I’d already decided that I was going to tweak this pattern a little, what with the elastic band and the alternate quilting. [I hand-quilted around the lettering, and then machine-quilted the box pattern around it to flatten it out a little more.] Still, it would have gone more smoothly had I thought the project through to completion. Specifically, I would have cut out the rectangles as directed instead of (foolishly) cutting out the mask pieces before quilting. Which brings us to –
Sewing Secret #2: Planning Your Project (or perhaps: Plan Your Project)
Think it through. All the way through.
I think that speaks for itself.
The bedside organizer looks like a great project, and I think I’ll come back to it in the future, but I’m feeling a little to fragile for it right now. Too many words in the instructions, too much fabric involved – definitely for another time.