Monkeys & Hourglasses

October 19, 2010 · 3 comments

I started teaching my Chica how to use a sewing machine. She is 4 almost 5. Just thread and paper this time with me controlling the foot pedal. She sewed her name too but I blocked it from internet view

I also made her some more snack / sandwich / food bags. The Monkey one is longer because she often has burritos. These are prototypes. I want them to close without Velcro® and be easier for a child to manipulate than the fold over one I previously made.
I am a bit anal retentiveOCD overly picky when it comes to stitches { “OMG! Did you seeeeee how crooked and wonky-tensioned that stitching is? Horrors!!” }. I use an eraser way too much and I rip out stitching much too often. But. Monkeys on fabric deserve wonky stitching. Don’tcha think?



{ Monkey Fabric “Boys Will Be Boys” –– Red Bag is “Castle Peeps” }

I started an Hourglass quilt and I am thinking I was crazy to do so…I like things fast…except I L O V E hand-sewing binding. Go figure. I am a sewing dichotomy. Here is the progress. Yes, I need a design wall. This is my “stick a piece of flannel over your little padded board” design “wall”

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avatar 1 Luci October 19, 2010 at 9:47 am

I really like how the envelope can tuck into that ribbon. What a great closure method – I think I’ll try that on my fabric lotion bar envelopes. Thanks!
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avatar 2 Meghan October 19, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Haha your design wall is better than my floor! I was too lazy to vacuum today before laying out fabric and kept having to pick dog hair out of seams. Good thing I’m just crafting for me!

Oh, regarding your eraser comment… I know I’ve heard something somewhere or other about fixing seams with an eraser, but I can’t for the life of me remember how to manipulate said eraser and what it accomplishes. Would love a refresher :)
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avatar 3 Linda October 20, 2010 at 9:27 am

Love the fabrics you’ve used!
I started teaching my granddaughter to quilt when she was a few weeks shy of 4. She lives so far away I can only work with her about once or twice a year, but she loves it. She just turned 8. Keep it up. It is worthwhile to share our art! We need to pass on our skills to that generation.
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