Why I am Not a Seamstress

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  June 4, 2012 — 4 Comments

A few months ago Nick and I went to a baby consignment show, basically a giant garage sale for baby gear, at the suggestion of a friend. I was still a little nervous about stocking up on baby gear, but we did get this Boppy pillow for $6. I was excited because I’ve heard from lots of folks how useful they can be, especially for nursing. The tired and faded cover was not really doing it for me, though, despite my love of cats.

Last weekend I finally got started on sewing a new cover for it. It took me a whole week of working on it on and off when I had the time and energy. Step one: use a seam ripper to take apart the old cover to use as a pattern.

I didn’t have a fancy fabric marker, so I just used a pencil to trace the outline of the old pieces on the back of my new fabric. Squint a little and you can see it.

I didn’t notice that the pattern stopped so far from the edge on that one piece. My bad.

Another mistake on my part: instead of using a zipper like the original cover, I wanted to make an envelope closure beefed up by some velcro, but I forgot to make the pieces overlap. Pregnancy brain is real, people.

So I problem solved and decided to sew a strip of fabric to each edge to attach the velcro to, but I screwed this one up too. I should have made the fabric strips actually overlap each other instead of going out in opposite directions. Imagine me rolling my eyes at myself.

See what I mean? It doesn’t lay flat. But at this point I was so over it and decided just to move on.

After I added the velcro to make the two back pieces connect that the front and back no longer lined up properly. But I said to myself, “Self, this is a three-dimensional affair and there is no reason why it should have to  line up perfectly in two dimensions,” and then I went ahead and pinned all the edges together with reckless abandon.

I ran a straight stitch around all the edges and–after only a week of work during what was also a very stressful week of actual work–I had a new cover for my boppy. Far from perfect, but an improvement over the faded and pilled kitty kats if you ask me.

Just don’t look at the back. It’s a hot mess.

Things got a little ca-razy at this particular junction. I have no idea what happened.

So it’s loose in some places and tight in others and the corners are a little wonky, but I love the fabric–it’s perfectly soft and definitely more my style than the original old-but-not-in-a-good-way cover. (the fabric is available online here if you love it as much as I do)

I’ve totally been using the boppy for months already for working on my computer on the couch, but I can’t wait to put it to use with an actual baby. And since its ugliness factor has definitely decreased I can leave it out for all to see in the nursery or on the sofa or wherever without a smidge of regret. Score one for stylish baby gear.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


4 responses to Why I am Not a Seamstress

  1. I like the boppy pillow, problems and all. It is going to be spit up on etc. so who cares if it is perfect or not. I love to sew, but I don’t do it often enough because of the mess I make.But that being said, I am not very good at sewing, but I am a great mistake hider. I always thought I would sew for my children. That didn’t happen. One or two outfits for my daughter and none for my son.

    Here is a helpful hint, however. Buy a cheap set of colored pencils and a sharpener if you don’t have one. I use white or yellow to mark anything dark and choose a contrasting color to mark others. It washes right out. It is great!

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap June 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      That’s what I figured, better get used to it being imperfect now! Thanks for the tip on the colored pencils!

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