Katie Alderson is admittedly handy. “But I definitely would not say I’m a good sewer,” adds the 29 year old, who has a degree in decorative arts from Nottingham Trent University and works as a kitchen designer for deVol in London.
When Katie’s father gave her a Singer sewing machine for Christmas during the first year of lockdown, she was daunted but put it to work. “My mum taught me to use it—she was a ballroom dancer and sewed all of her own costumes, and I had learned the sewing basics in school; to be honest, I’m still much more confident sewing by hand.”
Katie got to know her machine by using canvas, which she says is a great starter material. “Once it’s been pinned and ironed, canvas is really easy to machine sew because it holds its shape so well and mistakes are easy to disguise.” We came across Katie’s creations on her website and wanted them all. Come take a look—and consider doing some sewing yourself.
Makeup Bag/Toiletry Kit
Some other DIY sewing ideas we love:
- DIY: Painted Canvas Tissue Box Cover
- DIY: A Simple, Easy Cover for an Ugly Window Air Conditioner
- The Shingled House Easy DIY Burlap Shades (for Less Than $15 Each)