Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The One about a BAG of Fabric...

So...remember last post when I was running all over town looking for purple polka dot fabric? Well, as I was leaving Hancock Fabric I look over and see a cart FULL of bags. I say to the cashier, "What's that?", she says, "Oh, that's our St. Jude's Grab Bags." "Grab Bags?" I say...."yeah, it's donated scraps and off-cuts, they're $5" "A BAG???" Well you know me...anything for a good cause!!


YES!! I AM A GLUTTON!!


This is only ONE BAG!!


Cottons, Polyesters, Cotton/Poly blends...



Denim, corduroy, Linen, decorator-weight, swimsuit fabric...



Satin, sheers, linings, terry cloth, fleece (even a cut of LSU!!), ultra cuddle fleece, and even a big ole piece of "flag" fabric...nylon right?? I am in SERIOUS need of a fabric recognition CLASS!!
Can you BELIEVE the amount of FABRIC that was in this $5 Grab BAG???!!!! It is all washed, folded and sitting on my cutting table like an AVALANCHE ready to topple over if I even LOOK at it!! Did I really NEED this? ABSOLUTELY!!! HA!! And there you have it...I am a GLUTTON!!

So last week I didn't sew much, just sorted some fabric and tried to prettify The Middle Child's Pre-K bookbag...


As soon as I found out her bag would be blue this year...I immediately thought RAINBOW, Sunny skies and puffy clouds!! Now usually I would machine embroider her name, but it came home with white PAINT pen...what's a momma to do? I just "attempted" a simple backstitch...can I tell you how HARD it is to pull a needle through canvas AND paint pen??? By the time I finished the "O", I was digging though my sewing room looking for a THIMBLE...aaiiieee, my fingers were throbbing!! Oh well...sacrifices...


I've had this sheer Rainbow ribbon for a while...knew it would be perfect. Now most people don't think, Fall=Rainbows...so imagine my GLEE when I am catching up with my FAVORITE all-around Artsy/Crafty HOW TO blog, Wee Folk Art, and see that they are all about RAINBOWS in the Fall!!! :D They are even having a Rainbow-inspired giveaway...it ends September 1st, so HURRY!!

Lastly, I've been practicing my bow-making skills...

Dare I say these came out OK? This was a day's work!! Bow-making is soooo meticulous, which I don't tend to be...so I feel a sense of accomplishment when I see these. Ms. Priss has even worn one EVERYDAY!! She has never been a "Bowhead", so I'm not sure what to think...
I guess I need to make some more! I've offered some to her school for their PBS store. Positive Behavior Support, if the children are caught "being good" they get an Eagle Wing, which can be used like $$ to get something from the PBS store..this is new for this school year, so I thought I would give a few trinkets to help out. They have been using the PBS system for a couple of years now, and I think it is AWESOME! It teaches the children to be respectful and responsible and they have SUPER FUN pep rallies as rewards. At the end of last year, I helped fill water balloons (we did 900 ya'll!!) that the children got to toss at teachers!! SO FUN!!
Well, this weekend is my 20 year High School Reunion....!!! No, I can't BELIEVE it has been TWENTY YEARS...but I am looking forward to seeing old friends! It is also my daddy's birthday, don't worry daddy...I won't say how OLD you are!! :D So what all of this means is MORE SEWING for me!! I am going home by my family and as usual, there are REQUESTS to be FILLED!! I'll be back next week to show off THIS BUSY WEEK'S creations!! Until later....

6 comments:

Eva said...

I haven't been able to get my girl to wear bows since she's been old enough to protest. My sister (who has 4 boys) started making fabric flowers though and after turning them down when they were offered Ziz decided she'd actually like to wear those. I guess there's something to be said for Auntie made things.

Allie said...

WOW - I wish we had grab bags like that! WHAT FUN!!!
Love the bookbag, so cute, but owie the sore fingers - I use finger cots for pulling needles through tough fabric, along with a thimble. It turned out really darling, hon!
Your bows look fantastic, good job - and what a good idea, to have a PBS store.

Rafael's Mum said...

Oh WOW! That's what we need down here... grab bags! You lucky thing! and who better to go to than someone like you who actually knows how to use all the stuff so perfectly! Love the bookbag, very cute rainbow ribbon!

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Oh Oh Oh... I will give you $10 for the bag of fabric lol... i have flag material too and parachute as well!! hehe Have an awesome time at the school reunion. I just had my 10 year one LMAO... oldie!

much love and kissies... ps have a give away on my blog so tell your friends Woot woot!!

xo Steph

craftytammie said...

have a great time at your reunion! mine is next spring - eek! 20 years went fast! and my daughter doesn't wear bows either - i have a hard time getting her to leave regular old clips in her hair! your are PERFECT though, good job!

and by the way, thanks for all your sweet comments, you are a great friend!

Beatrix from Kindershop said...

Sorry, stopping by just now. I am so burned out from driving every day. I barely have time (enough waking hours) for sewing anymore.

Seriously?! 5$??!! What a steal.
Love, love the bows. They take a lot of patience. That's why I always buy hair bows for my girls, and don't make them myself.