Thursday, March 25, 2010

Adventures in Sewing

Move over, Martha Stewart!

Just kidding. This pink bucket hat is store-bought. I tried to make a pattern from it. Here's what happens when I try to sew:

See that fine, even stitching? Yeah, me neither.

But look what a little button can do!

Or how about this cute little denim number? (See, I knew there was a reason I didn't throw out Cy's old jeans.) Actually, I kind of like how this hat took on a life of its own, naturally turning up at the brim. You can't really call it a "bucket hat"; it's more of a cloche ala Olivia Walton. Denim and daisies, I kinda like it!

Cindy had her choice of hats before those darn girls showed up for the party. I think the first one to get snatched up was what they called "The Cat in the Hat Hat" she was wearing. (I just thought it would be fun to see what 3 different colors would look like, sewn together.) Shae took the pink sequined one right away. (See Mark; this is why I have a hard time throwing stuff out. That gem fell off of a plastic dress-up shoe and I just couldn't part with it. Good thing I didn't!)

In between sewing 13 little hats, I got bored and switched over to curtains. I cheated and just turned 2 thrifted valances into 3 (because the twins have 3 windows in their room). Then I took the scraps and turned them into little chair cushions for these doll chairs I found at Goodwill. (Yes, I know the cushions are a little too small. Maybe next time!)

In a brief shining moment of sewing glory, I managed to whip up this festive party banner. I think I'll put it up for everybody's birthday and special days.

I have to admit; I didn't sew anything here. But hey! I did use my sewing scissors and iron!! That has to count for something, right?

Okay, back to my Adventures in Sewing. For months I have had this idea to make bathrobes for the girls out of towels. The twins needed bathrobes (they get cold in their pajamas before bedtime), and I thought "Let's kill two birds with one stone; I'll make them a robe out of towels that they can use to dry off at the pool!" So I searched and searched online and found a few blogs from crafty moms who thought the same thing I was thinking. Only those moms have actual sewing ability, and the patience to use bias tape for its intended purpose. At any rate, I went to Goodwill and bought 4 towels; 2 for each robe. Here's the wild red one for Paige, my hot-tempered, spunky bugger.....

....and here's the groovy 70s gold ones for Shae, who's a bit mellower. Note that I had to sew two towels together to make a large enough piece to start out with. Also note that I was supposed to cut a t-shaped piece of fabric (actually, 2) for the robe's back and front. You can tell I cut them a little too skinny.

As you can see, the robes are a little ratty looking, but the girls were thrilled with them. Even if they can't quite wrap them around their torsos. That's what the belt is for, right kids??! (Also note that the belts are still inside-out because I haven't figured out a way to pull them right-side out. Remember I have very little patience.)

The sweetest thing I think I've ever heard was when Paige said, "That's okay, Mom. You made them yourself, and that's the best present of all!" And Shae said, "I love my new robe, Mom!"

Suddenly all of those days of frustration, threading, re-threading, seam ripping, and neck aches became worthwhile.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
...A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak--Ecclesiastes 3: 1,7 KJV


Blogger Astrid said...

Hey! You've got one up one sewing skills are worse than atrocious! :) Actually, those hats are darling and very clever. I love those bags (I bet the girls love them too) and those robes are sweet. I would have never thought of using towels to make them! Very, very clever!!!

March 25, 2010 at 9:20 AM  

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