Today is Tuesday/ Laundry-Sewing day
I love to sew and do a lot of it especially when I volunteered for the Empress Theatre here in Magna. I sewed all of my boy's halloween costumes and most of Charly's.
When Charly was born, I was SO excited to finally have a girl. I knew she would want to do things like mama. So when I found this toy sewing machine, I got it for her.
It really is just a toy, though it said it could sew. These are available at "J?????" fabric store or even online. I was lucky to get mind at the thrift store.
This last year our Relief Society sisters went on a tour of the Beehive House, downtown Salt Lake City. It was one of the home of Brigham Young. While there we went by one of the children's rooms. The guide told us the President Young had toys for the children to help them learn basic skills. He supplied fabric for the girls to make cloths for their dolls, and tools and supplies for the boys to build things.
I was really impressed by that, and while I did make sure my boys got a tools box when they were Bears in the cub scout program, I wanted to now get things for Charly. So I started looking and found this machine that she got for this last Christmas.
It is battery power, however you can get a AC adaptor for it. It does just a basic straight stitch, but that is a all this little girl needs to make fashions for her toys. I got it at "W" for about $20.00, by Dritz, however they are also available at other fabric stores ranging from $20-$75. Watch for sales. You can sign up for ads and emails from "J" and "H" fabric stores here in the valley.
She also got a sewing basket with pins, thread, pin cushion, bobbins, patterns, tape measure, another small things to get her started. (She loves pink and I was able to get a lot of these in pink).
Here is Charly working on her first project, she designed.
1. Place two pieces of 4"x7" flannel on two pieces of 7"x7" flannel, centering smaller pieces on top. Repeat with remaining flannel squares.
2. Join small and large pieces together by stitching down center of all four layers of fabric as pictured. Stack the two sets of flannel on top of each other, with the small pieces on the top and bottom.
3. Next, make the casing for the Swiffer duster handle. Fold the small pieces of fabric to one side, align the base of the prongs at the edge of the fabric, and center the prongs over the middle seam where the small and large pieces were joined together.