Archive | Oct, 2013

First machine project complete! Floral coin purse

23 Oct

I finally found the time to do some sewing! I have been working extra hours to finish my project on time, and also decided to start an online course… bad timing! Anyway, I needed something to do to de-stress while I had a migraine, so out came the sewing machine and this cheap fabric I bought ages ago for sewing practise :)


I used this great tutorialĀ from sewmehappy, which has step-by-step instructions with really helpful pictures.

I had some problems, mainly with the zip – I didn’t have the right needle, I didn’t use the recommended 8″ length (6″is not enough!), I couldn’t sew in a straight line around it, and eventually the zip pulley fell off… twice!

I am glad I persevered with this zip though as I love the contrast with the light green of the fabric :)


Ta-da! Pattern from

I really enjoyed making it and, even though it is far from perfect (not so good at straight lines around a zip yet!) I am feeling encouraged and hope to get set on my next project soon!

My mum asked if she could have it to store her tissues in (those handbag tissue pouches never stay closed!) so even though I feel quite attached to it as my first completed project, I was too flattered to say no. She is very happy with it and I have an excuse / motivation to make something new :-)

What I learned today:

  • how to change a needle
  • which needle sizes are appropriate for different fabric types
  • how to change the machine footer
  • I really enjoy machine sewing :-)