I took Home Ec. class. Way back in…the other century.
I learned how to sew. I made a gymbag. And a blouse. I liked sewing. I thought it was creative fun.
So when I got married and moved to a new home, I did what any self-respecting home-woman would do. I bought a sewing machine and made curtains.
Then I had babies.
That was thirteen years ago.
I found my sewing machine yesterday. It was sitting in the floor of my closet, languishing. So I heaved it out. Blew off the dust. And set up shop again.
What possessed you, you might ask. There’s only one thing that could make me do something so crazy.
I was perusing some of my favorite blogs the other day when I stumbled across this post, via A Holy Experience. I’ve been by Susie’s place a few times, but have never felt her amazingly creative projects were within my abilities. But this.
Surely I can still sew a straight line. That’s all that is required.
I got so excited that I showed my boys. They were rendered speechless (and also had a somewhat glazed expression on their faces). We (I) decided that we (I) would make one of Susie’s shabby chic tote-bags for their grandmother this Mother’s Day. They would choose the material and I would do all the work.
So off we headed to Wally-World to buy the canvas tote-bags that Susie used for her project. But something strange happened while we were standing in the craft aisle. We bought an apron instead.
We (I) decided this would be more to the liking of my mother-in-law than a tote-bag. So…
I’ve chronicled the adventure in pictures. Just so you all could share in the joy.
|we start with a plain apron, compliments Wal-mart.|
|these are the colors that Jeffrey chose. his style won out.|
|I cut 4 1/2 inch pieces, just like Susie says, then hem three edges.|
|When they are all hemmed, I try them out to see what order looks best.|
|the finished product.|
|A close-up of the rosettes. I can’t seem to do it the way Susie does. I decided to try two different fabrics for fun.|
|my apron likes to hang out with dishes; have tea with the muse.|
|the real thing.|
I hope my mother-in-law likes it. It would have been very easy to make if it hadn’t been 13 years since I operated my sewing machine. But all turned out well in the end.
Happy Mother’s Day, Ya’all!