Just what I needed!

With all my attention going to my Honeybee Cardigan, holiday gifts for teachers had completely slipped off my radar, and tomorrow is the last day of school before the holidays!  Therefore, today I was racking my brain for a craft I could execute at the last minute.  I happened to stop by the art store this afternoon on my way to pick up the Wee Girl, and I happened to glance over to a shelf with a huge 50% off sign that I couldn’t resist investigating.  It turned out that a very tempting sewing book was on the shelf, selling for only about $7.  AND it happened to contain two items I’ve been wanting to sew; a case for sunglasses, and fabric buckets.  Win-win-win!!!!  I want a sunglasses case, so other people might too, right?  Good last-minute gift idea??? I hope so.

Excellent timing for these items to come into my life.

Excellent timing for these items to come into my life.

I was also needing this tool for needle felting.  The Wee Boy has been asking for a needle felted penguin from my Wool Buddies book, and I might have time to whip it up in time to give it to him for Christmas. http://woolbuddy.com/collections/pre-made/products/medium-penguin

I have the book on how to make the Wool Buddies, but have yet to use it!!

http://woolbuddy.com/collections/books-and-prints

Once the kids were in bed, I started gathering ideas/fabrics for sunglasses cases.  I went a little overboard and made 6 instead of the 3 that I actually need right now.

As you can see, one of these was folded and sewn up the wrong way!

One of these things is not like the other....

One of these things is not like the other….

I was so sad that my (admittedly large) sunglasses didn’t fit, and was furious that the pattern was wrong!!!

Doesn't fit!

Doesn’t fit!

And then I figured out that I’d folded it the wrong way.  Ummm…..

Ahhh, that's better.

Ahhh, that’s better.

My plan is to let the Wee Girl choose which case to give to which teacher.  Fingers crossed that they like them!!

Sewing with kids, take one

Today the Wee Girl and I did some prep for a small crafty party we’ll attend tomorrow with a few other first grade classmates.  My plan was to prepare a super easy sewing project that the kids could quickly finish.

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Scraps galore!

The plan is to make these cute quilted stocking ornaments, which the kids will sew up by hand..   http://stumblesandstitches.blogspot.com/2011/11/tutorial-scrappy-stocking-christmas.html

The Wee Girl and I had a pretty good time putting together different variations from my scrap fabrics to make palettes for our friends to choose from.

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AND!  I let her use my sewing machine by herself.  (She’d shown interest in a toy sewing machine she saw in a catalog, but I convinced her that it’s better to learn on the REAL THING, and then I had to be true to my word, right???)  I didn’t even hover, which was a really big deal for me.  IMG_6949.JPG
Our test run was not what we’d pictured, but maybe I’m being too perfectionist about it??  To be super honest, the hand sewing wasn’t so easy for her, nor was the tracing and cutting.  Hmmm, maybe those parts will be closely supervised by the moms?  Or should I take my machine along for the kids to try out/me to whiz through the stockings?  It’s only 3 kids, after all…

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Trial run!