My first successful make!

Hi everyone!

I’ve started this blog to chronicle my adventures (and inevitable disasters) as I learn to sew. I’ve always had an interest in dressmaking but have finally bitten the bullet and purchased my first sewing machine! Like many others, I have been inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee so am now on a mission to teach myself to sew!

I am now the proud owner of a Janome J3-24. It’s probably far too fancy for my needs but so far I love it!


My lovely sewing machine


My tiny sewing space. I plan on improving this over time!

Now that I have the essentials, I embarked on my first sewing mission – a simple cushion cover! It was the Tie Cushion from the first seasons Great British Sewing Bee book. Dead simple! No zips or fastenings!

I bought a cute flowery cotton and a contrasting gingham fabric to make it.



One thing I have learnt is that I need to invest in a proper ruler and either a fabric pencil or carbon paper and a wheel! This project was a measure and draw it yourself job, which was fine as I just needed to draw squares and rectangles but without proper equipment, my measuring wasn’t the most accurate!

It worked out fine anyway and I managed to successfully make the cushion cover with no disasters or major mistakes! I felt so proud of myself for making it! I was actually upset I didn’t have any more fabric at home so I couldn’t ย make another straight away!


Pieces cut out


Work in progress


The end result!

It was a good choice for a first project. Not too ambitious, very simple. There was only straight seams to sew. The hardest part was turning the ties through, man that was a ballache!!

After the success of my first project, I’m excited to sew even more!

4 thoughts on “My first successful make!

  1. halicopter says:

    Congrats on your sewing machine purchase! I had so much fun when I first bought my machine; I felt like I could make so many amazing things ๐Ÿ˜€

    You cushion covers look great! Looking forward to seeing what else you’ll make ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Hayley Margaret says:

    Cute! I’ve not seen ties like that on a cushion before, they’re adorable! I’ll have to look into the Sewing Bee book! Turning things through always annoys me too, don’t know how you did it but a tip I read on Pinterest (thank god for pinterest) is to use chopsticks! The first time I turned a tube of fabric the right way I did it with scissors, big mistake! ๐Ÿ™‚


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