I have this idea to sew more with Violet and Henry. Often. And then, they are busy doing other things when I think we might tackle it or vice versa and they come to me asking to sew something when I'm elbows deep in something else...That, and it makes me a little too stressed! I admit that I am not the most patient of people, and while I myself am not always a perfect sewer, I do like things to turn out nicely. That and I'm not a fan of wasting nice fabric!
I think it's important perhaps at this point to tell you what my New Year's resolution is..."to go with the flow". It almost pained me to admit to my family that this was my plan/motto for the new year, but they of all people know that it's truly something I need to work on...
Where am I going with this all?
Well, back in the early days of December Kate, of See Kate Sew, posted this adorable Doll Sleeping Bag tutorial and instantly I knew two kiddos that would love a sleeping bag for their favorite stuffed animals and dolls! I also happened to know that one child was asking for an American Girl doll from Santa! So, naturally I added these sleeping bags to their Christmas list. But then after thinking it over for a bit I decided that instead of giving them the finished product why not give them a coupon to "sew one with Mom"!
They were a bit confused at first, but once they understood were quite excited!
Violet went the whole outdoorsy cute theme and Henry went the whole red matchy matchy theme, neither was really a surprise.
The tutorial is super simple and the sewing went fairly well, I'd say. I'm still having Henry, as his legs are still not quite long enough, sit on my lap to sew and I control the foot pedal. But, he is really getting a hang of moving the fabric through the sewing foot and turns, etc. He got lucky with the quilting because all we needed to do was follow the plaid lines. Violet and I did butt heads a little as we were sewing. This was not a surprise to me. More often than not when we are working on something creative together we do that sometimes. I think it's because we are so similar and like minded. We have ideas and notions and plans and sometimes they are not the same. Sometimes they don't work out and we get frustrated with ourselves. We worked them out though. She's tall enough nowadays to reach the foot pedal and sew all on her own, with some over the shoulder guidance from Mama. She, however did not have the luxury of a "quilt grid" to follow, so I helped her in guiding the fabric for that part.
While they enjoyed the sewing part, getting to use the iron might have been a tiny bit more exciting to them! Oh the little things!
We worked together as a team and they did a great job!
The pom poms were really a fantastic choice!
They were so proud and happy with their new makes! But most importantly...their dolls and stuffed animals love them too!
This isn't the first time we've sewn together...we've made doll blankets, bags and stuffed animals before. Each time it's been a little less stressful. So, perhaps, in this year of "Going with the Flow" we should keep sewing together!
The more they learn the easier it gets and the less stressful it is!
That's what I'll tell myself anyway...