The Baby Lock Joy is a perfect entry-level sewing machine that is easy to use, but still has enough power and functionality to explore a world of creativity! The artists of Urban Spools Sewing Lounge have curated a series of beginner-level projects to showcase the features of the Joy and the amazing creations it can accomplish. We hope to inspire your own sewing adventure with us. As always, if you have any questions, we would love to assist you with your creative endeavors.
Grab your bag! Let's go outside! This drawstring backpack is both fun and functional for outdoor activities. Choosing contrasting fabrics infuses this already colorful bag with real personality. For this project, Kristal used Monika Forsberg's Good Point for her main fabric and lined it with the Speckled Metallic collection from Ruby Star in Citron. She used the yellow thread from the Genuine Collection Thread Kit and assembled the bag with simple straight and zigzag stitching to keep the fabric edges from fraying. We debuted this project in our Kids Summer Camps this year, and the kids really enjoyed making their own drawstring bags with the Baby Lock Joy.
Aprons are always a great project for beginning sewists and crafters. Kristal made this apron as a class example for Kids Summer Camps. She was inspired by the Robert Kaufman "Betty's Luncheonette" fabric and picked a complimentary solid as an accent fabric. Kristal has a background in garment sewing so she likes to create her own patterns and modify existing patterns. She made the adult apron pattern smaller for the kids' size, softened the angle into a curve, and added a solid accent rectangle at the collar. We all agreed that the rectangle at the collar would be a wonderful area to embroider or paint a child's name. The Baby Lock Joy made sewing this apron quick and easy!
Our Kids Summer Camps are filling up quickly! Kristal made this sunny little storage cube for a camp project. She used the Baby Lock Joy to see if it could handle going through thick layers of cotton and foam stabilizer. No problem! The bright, cheery fabrics are from Moda and Windham Fabrics, and the cube is sewn with Madiera thread from the Genuine Collection Thread Kit. Kristal used the Chaco Liner Pen to mark her fabric because she enjoys the precision and ease with which it dusts off when she's done sewing. This project is kid-friendly, and the happy storage cube is perfect for storing extra fabric and notions!
Greeting cards are a lovely way to "Share the Joy." Did you know you can sew on paper or cardstock for a fresh new take on a homemade card? For this project, Patti dove into her scrap bin to create this raw edge applique design on the Baby Lock Joy. She used the pink Madeira thread from the Genuine Collection Thread Kit to stitch around the edges, and she accented the card with stickers. These cards would be perfect for Mother's Day, Baby Gifts, and so much more!
We love sewing projects that improve our creative space through both function and decor. Patti created this adorable placemat from a thrift store napkin and some scrap fabrics from her collection. It’s amazing how well the striped fabrics match the bunny napkin! Simply by adding a divided pocket to the napkin, she transformed it into a cute placemat for extra storage under the Baby Lock Joy
Patti used a Rotary Cutter, Acrylic Ruler, and Self-Healing Mat to cut the fabric and keep everything perfectly square. She used the standard zig-zag foot to straight stitch the pocket with the Madeira White Thread from the Genuine Collection Thread Kit. This Bunny Placemat is a great example of how you don’t have to spend much time or money to add a lot of charm to your sewing area. Does it inspire you to create your own?
Learning how to sew can be so rewarding. There is no end to the ways you can improve your home, your wardrobe, and bring happiness to your life and to others! This week, Patti whipped up this happy little pillow on the Baby Lock Joy. Once again, she dove into her leftovers from days gone by and put together a one-of-a-kind pillow from scraps and a sample mini charm pack.
Patti is all about precision, so she pieced the front of her pillow with the ¼” quilting foot that comes in the optional 7 Piece Foot Kit to get a perfect ¼” seam. She used the adjustable zig-zag stitch as a decorative stitch in white Aerofil Madeira thread to give the front a little more Bohemian charm. She constructed the pillow using an envelope pillow pattern that we teach in our Intro to Sewing Class.
She did such a wonderful job, and it only took her a few hours. Imagine what you could create with the Baby Lock Joy!
What a sweet way to say, “Happy Valentine’s Day!”
This week, Patti made a cute little mug rug with the Baby Lock Joy. An avid quilter and crafter, she used various scraps from previous projects. This adorable mug rug features a heart patch from a vintage fabric she’s had in her collection for 20 years!
For this project, she used the ¼” quilting foot (included in the 7 Piece Foot Kit) to piece the front. She used the adjustable zig-zag stitch for the decorative applique around the heart. To quilt the mug rug, she used the stitched-in-the-ditch technique.