Grace, my mini-me, loves to sew. I am equal parts proud and annoyed that I have to share my machine with her. Anytime she hears me down in the basement, she comes running to see what’s going on and usually turns my project into her project.
Lesson One: Making a small pillow
She picked out a watermelon print and a gorgeous floral, and put them together. I like how she has two different possible looks with one pillow: that’s an efficient way to get the most bang for your buck in home dec. I didn’t even teach her that. In fact, she’s teaching me to be more flexible in my fabric combinations: fruit and flowers. She filled the pillow with stuffing and sewed the opening closed.
Lesson Two: Making a small blanket
Again, she used the same watermelon and floral fabric for the other side. A perfect match to the pillow. We added batting in the middle to make it soft, sewed around the edges, turned it inside out and then top stitched all the way around. It looks awesome.
Lesson Three: A fabric egg
Grace picked out a soft fleece material, traced the shape of an egg out and slowly sewed around the lines, leaving a small opening to fill it with stuffing. I showed her how to hand stitch the opening closed, and she gave it a try.
Lesson Four: A stuffed rabbit
She stole this project from me. From right under my sewing needle. I like the way her bunny turned out and plan to keep it with my Easter decorations for the rest of my life. Oh, those crazy eyes! She picked out and sewed the button eyes on, stuffed the bunny, sewed him closed and added the fancy bow.
She was a part of every single step.
It took forever….
It was time well spent.