Some sewing at last

We are horribly disorganised sometimes. We received an invitation to a 1st birthday party a few weeks ago and because it seemed ages away we just called to accept the invitation and put it to one side. You will see that I didn’t mention anything about writing it on the calendar or sticking the invite to the fridge….

Anyhoo, at about 11.15pm last night Mr G had an uneasy feeling that maybe the party is today which would be tricky as he had already booked some business things. A cheeky text at 11.30 to the mummy of said 1 year old confirmed that it is indeed on Saturday 3rd which sends me in a blind sewing panic and him into working out how fast he might have to drive back from Didcot in order to get back here to pick us up then get to Little Milton by 3pm.

By about midnight plus thirty I had decided on a kind of fabric bucket that I had seen a tute for ages ago and I dragged out some fabric I had been holding off cutting into for fear of making something silly with it and then regretting it. I cut the pieces and left them out overnight hoping some elves would come along and sew them up for me….

Morning came and no such luck. They lay where I had left them with their edges all straight and raw. The tute recommended using two layers of interfacing (in case you aren’t a sewist, that is a kind of lining that stiffens or gives fabric some ‘body’) I have one kind here in the cupboard but the other one called fusible fleece was something I have never seen, so off we went to town to visit Masons to see if they had it and to stop in at The Bookstore to get a book to put in the bag.

It turned out that they did have this mystical iron on fleece hidden at the bottom of a big box full of other things so home we went to pick up where the elves had failed sew the thing.

So after not too much swearing and frustration here it is!

Naturally these are not brand new fabrics: the countryside one is a curtain I found at the Baldon Feast two years ago and the cloud one was a pillowcase that came in a bag of fabric from a friend. It was well received by the mummy which was a great relief.

Hopefully as the little chap grows bigger he will find it useful for carrying things about the house or just putting things in and taking them out and putting them back in and taking them out, over and over again. Hopefully too he will enjoy the story of The Very Busy Spider.

ETA Would you believe that when I googled this book I got a load of lesson plans using this as a teaching tool to explore work, task completion and spiders as well as some very controlled creative activities? Is nothing sacred? Let kids read books for FUN for goodness sake.

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5 Responses to “Some sewing at last”

  1. That is georgeous!!

  2. oooh…sewing must be in the air. Just renovated a pair of dd’s much-loved jeans with my clanky-clonky-no-light-bulb-about-to-run-out-weird-colour-bobbin-thread machine. She didn’t need me to renovate them as only a month ago she badgered me into buying her a new pair of jeans. But it’s Spring and the thrift sap is rising…

    Anyway, fab fabric bucket. Can I borrow your elves?

  3. I like that bag very much.

  4. You’re a genius. I spent an entire day making a ‘travel-light jewellery bag’ kind of thing for my auntie a few months ago. It was crap. Had to sit her down to explain what it was. Still feel embarrassed.

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