After seeing the little treasure bag I made as a Christmas gift, Gorgeous Girl asked for one of her own. We raided my stash together and she selected a bright red and yellow microfibre.
This yarn is 5 years old and was left over from a jumper (sweater) and hat I made for Gorgeous Girl before she was born. The chain closure used up every last inch of the yarn. It’s a good feeling to have something totally used up from stash.
After a week of ignoring the bag once it was finished, it had an outing today and appears to be a hit.
On Friday Gorgeous Girl had a student free day at school. We had a lovely crafty day.
First, we started off with paints.
She painted a rock she’d found at school the day before and used some very hard seeds that had been found on her early morning walk to make this little guy.
My total input was to squeezing out paint and washing the brushes.
I let Gorgeous Girl dig around in my scrap box whenever she feels like it, so she also sewed some strips onto her ‘quilt’ log cabin style. The quilt is something she picks up to work on every few months when she feels the urge. It’s going to be a wild creation. She sits on my lap and pushes the stop/start button to make the machine sew and guides the fabric through the needle. There are some pretty wild seam allowances and fabric choices, but I believe in letting her make her own design decisions.
We also tried tapestry for the first time. I had a canvas that I picked up for 50 cents along with a $1 bag of threads when I was in Australia earlier this year (so thankful for big box craft stores) that she used. She picked it up much faster than I thought she would, her tension is good and she got the idea of it very easily. Again I think this is going to be something that she does occasionally rather than every day. But as long as she has the tools to play with when she wants to then that is a good thing.
While Gorgeous Girl was being so crafty I also managed to sneak in some sewing. I’ve finished another teachers’ gift bag.
This bag used up every last inch of the outside fabric (except for a few odd pieces I cut down into my scrap storage system). The inside is more turquoise than than the photo shows.
I’m still having problems with the inside of the bag sagging a bit. But I’m not sure what to do about it. I have two more of these to make as gifts. One more for one of Gorgeous Girl’s teachers and one as a Christmas gift. Perhaps I’ll have the wrinkles ironed out by the last one…