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finishing works in progress

In an effort to help you guys feel better about yourselves, I’m going to share a little something with you.

I haven’t finished unpacking from our move a year ago. I know, it’s terrible, but true. We have boxes and boxes of stuff in the garage that’s “organized” but not unpacked. Do you feel better? You should.

The problem is that I don’t want to bring anything into the house that doesn’t have a place. To compound the problem we need more shelves and organizing things. But I’m too cheap, I mean frugal, to actually spend money on things to store stuff in.

So half my sewing stuff has been in the extra closet in my bedroom (I think it’s supposed to be the husband’s closet but we just share the large one because we’re nice like that) and the other half has been in boxes in the garage. This has made sewing a little challenging. Each time I need something I have first remember where it is and then go dig and look for it.

But no more! Friday was the last straw. I brought in the last four boxes of sewing stuff out of the garage and spent several hours going through them. I pulled out all the mending, works in progress and Christmas fabric and projects. I put them in a bucket and have started working through them.

Remember this rocking chair that I painted blue and mentioned that I was looking for the right fabric for a cushion? Well, guess what I found in one of my boxes… just the right fabric. I made an envelope pillow cover which is my favorite way to cover pillows. That way I can wash the fabric and in this case I didn’t need to put in any zipper or snaps.

Buried deep, deep in the closet was Esther’s doll stroller. The fabric broke and would no longer stay on the frame…I think to many life size dolls have sat in it.

I found some fabric and some small single fold bias tape in my stash. (see I’m trying to conquer the clutter). I used the old fabric as the pattern. It only took about an hour – I’m not sure why it’s taken so long to take care of this.

Esther’s been strolling her babies around a lot this weekend. It’s been fun watching her.

I used my binding foot. It only does the very small bias tape. But it made the
project go so much faster. I really need to look for one that can use the larger
bias tape.

I still have more to do to get rid of the pile but it’s coming along.

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Thanks for sharing with your friends!

Rachel E.

Monday 3rd of December 2012

I think it always feels great to get these projects tackled, even if it's a button that needs sewing. I'm not as good at sewing as you are, but I do it occasionally. Rebekah is using your pattern to make pillow case dresses for her two baby sisters this Christmas. She has asked me numerous times to help her, but I've been too busy. Ugh. I guess I should get my act together before the New Year?


Tuesday 4th of December 2012

I love that she's making dresses! Now that all the lights are up you should have more time. :-)