I actually leave it out, trying to inspire myself. That just doesn’t happen as often as I would like. However, with Halloween quickly approaching, I have been sewing. And ripping seams and resewing. And readjusting the idea and resewing.
After the kiddos hit the hay tonight, though, I took an hour to whip out a set of Christmas presents – shhh! Pretty pillowcases made out of their favorite colors with fabric I found on 70% off clearance and paid for with a gift card that I found the other day. So excited! They came out pretty.
I used the hot dog pillowcase plan, where you end up with all of the raw edges sewn inside. Nice and clean. I used a set of instructions that I just googled and printed off a few years ago. It is the top hit when I googled “hot dog pillowcase” tonight. But here is one of several YouTube videos that show it, as well.
She did it! She finished her cross stitch and decided to gift it to her best friend for a birthday gift. She finished the stitching and then chose fabric to turn it into a pillow. She cut and sewed the pillow herself and it turned out really sweet.
The finished product:
One thing that I love about the process of home education is that so much falls under the heading of education. We can do something in the evening and it will fall under schooling. Take, for example, making dinner and/or cleaning it up. All part of what a home economics class would be. So is sewing. But sewing also includes design, textiles, and the actual construction of the product. That was what we did today. And, it was a project for a baby shower. How perfect! Learn and then bless someone else.
All of us did some sewing for the baby shower but I am going to start with Miss E, since she is the middle schooler AND she did the project all on her own with only a little bit of input here and there or instruction when something didn’t happen quite like she expected. Her project was a personalized, light-weight baby blanket with a decorative border.
She did a fancy zigzag stitch on the top of the blanket for hemming the edges. Then, she decided where she wanted the name, positioned the fabric, programmed the machine, and made sure it went right. It came out so sweet. I just know that it will be loved!
Miss L decided that she wanted to make some baby washcloths. So she picked a super soft flannel and planned them double sided. She stitched the edges and then turned the square right side out. After pinning the opening closed, she then top stitched around the edges of the entire piece. They came out real cute! This baby is gonna enjoy the soft washcloths.
Miss J made a burp cloth for the baby. She chose a soft flannel, as well, and added a ribbon embellishment to it. She then sewed the piece with the right sides together, turning it out and topstitching it to close and finish the piece. It came out just like she wanted it to, she says.
So, we are ready for the baby shower now. A life of education that can couple with service or blessing others is definitely one that I hope the girls learn. And we are certainly on our way.
This summer, J got to attend “Princess Camp” at her dance studio. She had fun dressing as a different princess each day. I made her Cinderella and Belle dresses 2 and 3 years ago, respectively. So, they needed a little tweaking to still fit. I cut a triangular piece of matching material, added the Velcro in the correct places to line up with what was there, and – viola – an extender for the costume. This makes it possible for her to wear them for a while longer and yet, when she passes them down to someone else, they can take out the extender and it will fit them well.
She also dressed as Jasmine one day, which I made last Halloween. Her first costume was actually pjs that have Ariel on them.
The last one, for her performance, I whipped up from a costume leotard that my middle giggly girl designed about 4 years ago. I cut off part of it, added some details, added a skirt, and she was thrilled with her Sleeping Beauty/Aurora costume. J did all the designing for this one and I did the sewing. It was a fun collaboration and she learned a bit more about what can and cannot be done with altering already created items.
Sewing is fun for me and I am glad when the girls want something for themselves since it is mostly doll sewing these days.
I am linking up for the July Blogging Challenge with A Glimpse of Our Life and This Day Has Great Potential.
This week is going to be bringing you a couple more reviews so I will make an effort to sandwich them between some other posts. Today, I’m sharing with you the stockings we made recently for the girls’ American Girl dolls.
We have been going through the mending piles and pulling out the things that are actually not repairable but that have some good material to them. I have saved several pairs of stockings the girls have put holes or runs in. Most of them are microfiber stockings so they are pretty durable and don’t actually run. Unfortunately, they do tear. So, we have several that had big holes in the knees. I kept them and we made them into doll socks and stockings the other day. Here, in pictures, is the process for the stockings.
If you have questions about how we did this, please ask in the comments. It makes sense to me but I often sew by instinct. That makes it a bit harder to share information sometimes. If you don’t understand something, I will try to clarify. Thanks for stopping by.
It has been a bit since I have gotten a Make It Work Monday post up but I did get one ready for today. And it is cute! A while back I got a free T-shirt pattern from Liberty Jane. It was a freebie they were offering on their website. I hadn’t done anything with it.
Back in December, I was lengthening a BUNCH of the girls’ skirts. I think I did 13 between the three girls. And since I was working with knits, I had to figure out how to match the fabric type. I decided to recycle the old T-shirts that were in really good shape but either didn’t fit anymore or weren’t getting worn. I just cut the bottom section off of the tees and added it to the bottom of the skirts/dresses. Here’s the results of a couple of them.
Well, that left me with a couple of tops of tees that were really cute. So, I decided to hold onto them so I could recycle that part into T-shirts for the dolls. I did that today with the pattern from Liberty Jane. And, here’s the final product of that one.
Have you recycled anything lately? At Home.
Today’s Make It Work Monday is a simple, easy one. At least, for me it was.
The girls had these sweet, long-sleeve PJs for winter. The problem: it is so warm here that they never, ever wore these. The material is so sweet: colorful hearts, some of which are glittery. So, I decided it was time to do something with the fabric. I picked up a bunch of doll patterns at the fabric store a while back when they were on sale for $1. This one is Simplicity 2303. It only took me about an hour and that included making the bias tape for the edging. It was a very easy pattern and it made a cute little doll robe. All it needs now is some ribbon for a tie, which I imagine I have tucked away somewhere. One done; three to go. Christmas is coming so I’d better get working. At Home.
Not long ago, the girls and I were chatting. I mentioned that in the past, I had made aprons for a mission team to take with them to Honduras. E wanted to know why we would send aprons. I explained that they do not have as many clothes as we do and that an apron helps to protect your clothing so it doesn’t wear out as fast, get stains, or need washing as often. After understanding how much an apron blesses one of the ladies in Honduras, E asked if we could make aprons to send.
She wanted to do for others.
She enjoys sewing and saw an opportunity to help someone. So, we went about setting up a project.
First, we made sure that the church of Christ mission team would be going and that they could take the aprons with them this time. Once we got confirmation about that, E and I set about discussion on the scope of the project. E remembers doing sewing projects at church and she wanted to include others in this. She also knew that at least one of her friends would want to participate. I checked the church calendar, worked with one of the ladies who has organized the sewing project in the past, and set it up.
In order to promote the project and ask for help from others, we created an announcement for the bulletin and announcements. E also created a board that we put up on the signup table at church. Then we waited.
When the day arrived, we had a pile of over 100 aprons that had been cut out and a big pile of ribbons. Each of the children who came to help paired up with someone. All of the girls paired up with an adult at a sewing machine and our lone young man that came to help paired with the adult cutting and threading ribbon. The sewing and ironing and ribbon cutting went fast and fun all afternoon. There was some lovely singing involved, too. By the end of the afternoon, 3 of the 4 young ladies who came were sewing on their own (the other young lady is J – she is five and was a super good pin helper). When all was said and done, we had a completed pile of about 90 aprons. We had a bag set aside for a grandmother and her granddaughter who wanted to help with 10 aprons and we had just a few (4 or 5) that needed a last little bit completed.
We now have 104 completed aprons that are ready to go to the mission team. We’ll take a trip in the next few weeks to deliver them. What a blessing to have as many material possessions as we do and the ability to use those to help others. God is good to us. At Home.