This weekend was one of the busiest we’ve had since the lock down began…. and it almost felt normal. Easton played an 18 hole golf tournament for his middle school on Saturday, a soccer game on Sunday, and while the boys went fishing on Monday, I started decorating for Halloween. That didn’t leave a lot of time for sewing, but I did stitch out these fun MTv dangles (eventually I want to attach these to the cassette tape bag design). I am disappointed in how the cheetah print turned out – I had higher hopes that it would look a lot cooler than what it did.
I also prepped a sewing pattern, George & Ginger’s Selfie Shirt, so that I can start cutting out the fabric and getting it ready to sew. If all turns out well, I plan on stitching up a matching pair of shorts to go with it. I’m thinking it may be a fun “date night” look for fall.
2020 has proven to be a really weird year. In keeping up with the weirdness, I’ve made…. a mask bag. Easton started his first day of school (we’re starting off hybrid) and has the requirement to wear a mask all day. I realize things happen and just in case, I figured he should carry around a few extras. I also realize his backpack is probably not the most sanitary thing on the planet, so I figured a mask bag was a good way to keep everything as “sanitary” as possible.
I find that I tend to make things in “batches”. It might be home decor, clothes, quilt blocks, or in this case, bookmarks. I recently purchased a few machine embroidery bookmarks and couldn’t wait to start stitching them up. First off, there’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I was a huge fan of the comic book before it became a Netflix series, so I couldn’t pass up this iconic shadow style straight from one of the original covers.
I set out to make a fun library card bookmark, but ran into lots of problems. At first, I attributed my issues to the fact that I changed stablizers. Then I thought it might be the vinyl (it was pretty soft). But with lots and lots of ongoing problems, I wondered if it was just the design. Turns out, it was a dirty machine. After a wicked jam, I took my machine apart and pulled out a bunch of thread that was hiding wayyyyy in the back – it was somehow working it’s way to the bobbin casing as it was sewing and causing lots of issues. Moral of the story? Maybe it’s time to deep clean your machine! I haven’t come back to this one as I’m waiting on more white vinyl, but check out all that thread!
Lastly, I decided to make a profanity laden bookmark – I though it might be a funny surprise for my (adult) daughter who’s finally taken up reading now that she’s not in school. I used a pretty glitter vinyl for the exterior (because profanity seems less offensive if it’s sparkly) and I LOVE the end result. I’m going to need more of this vinyl in my future.