While Spencer is trying to finish school and get a job, we have moved into my parent’s camper. It is great because it has everything we need and no 9month lease! It is extra great because my cousin Vickie and her husband Ponch let us park in their back yard (Hooray no rent!).
Another perk is that their daughter, Gentry, got a sewing machine for Christmas and has been making all sorts of crazy creations! She has no shortage of imagination, and over the past few days I’ve been helping her fine tune her sewing skills so that her projects have that nice finished look. It makes me want to be an elementary art teacher really badly! Get ready to see more projects from her as the weeks go on!
We got really excited because JoAnn’s had a sale this past week on everything, so we stocked up on about a million fat quarters (and promptly used all of them). This first project came out of a kit, but we copied the pattern onto 2 fat quarters so that Gentry’s friend Jordan could also make a shirt. This shirt is the same basic pattern as a pillow case dress, so it is a great intro into sewing your own clothes. They got to learn how to iron them hem in place before sewing, how to finish arm holes (really hard to do!), and how to run ribbon through the hem at the top using a safety pin like an inch worm.
Jordan also made a fabric yoyo and showed real patience with hand sewing all the way around the circle in nice even stitches! Then we put it on a pin so she could pin it to something when she got home.
Gentry then decided that she wanted to make a skirt out of some of the other fat quarters! She loves wearing skirts with tights, and now she can make a skirt for every day of the week. This took two fat quarters cut hot dog style then sewn together. She used the same technique she used for running the ribbon on the shirt to run elastic through the waistband.