I’ve recently been given my Nanna’s old sewing machine as she no longer has much use for it. As you can see, it has a certain vintage charm, but given I’m a complete novice it’s perfect as there are no bells and whistles to confuse me (easily done, I can tell you).
Today has seen me practise threading and attempting to stitch in a straight line with mixed results. I’m going to persevere though as I am keen to turn my hand to making my own cushions (and maybe even curtains one day), as well as making paper garlands to adorn the house with.
If you’ve been on Pinterest or Etsy lately, you’ll no doubt be familiar with these garlands as they’re seemingly everywhere. I think they seem quite easy to make (once straight stitching has been cracked, obviously) and would look lovely strung up in a child’s room, or just to brighten up a little corner somewhere.
Here’s a round-up of some of my favourite ideas:
And if your sewing leaves something to be desired, then here are some that require cutting, threading or gluing skills only!