My first sewing project for 2011 is...

a pin cushion.

After an unbearably long hiatus from sewing, I wanted my first sewing project to be a success. I was eyeing this gorgeous wrist pin cushion on Susan Khalje's website.

But I managed to convince myself that $25 was a bit much to spend on a pin cushion even if I really could use one. Then I found this tutorial for making a pretty wrist pin cushion and thought this was the project I needed to ease me back into sewing. I didn't have a silk flower, so I just covered the bottom of the cushion with some extra fabric.

I also made stitched two ends of elastic together to make a skirt garter so I can wear skirts and dresses when I ride my bike. I got the idea from City Girl Rides. Making it saved me $14! Here's how a skirt garter is used.

Yes, I got the bike and it's so much fun!  More on that later plus the DIY no-sew pannier I made for the bike.

And I received Sewaholic's Pendrell blouse pattern just in time to join the sew along! :)


P.S. I think I'll also join:

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