When I saw that Emma was hosting an "I made this" meme over on her Mellow Mummy blog, it made me think of the fabulous (if I say so myself !) creations that I used to make when I did patchwork. In fact, I look at them now and wonder how I ever had the time, especially as I made them totally by hand, never wanting to buy a sewing machine. The answer is, in fact, simple. I stopped all my sewing/patchwork/cross-stitch projects at exactly the same time as I started blogging - there are only so many hours in the day, after all, especially with three kids and a full-time job to juggle !
Actually, looking at this throw that I made over several months has actually really made me want to start doing all that again now. Not only was it great fun selecting all the fabrics and cutting all the little bits out and painstakingly sewing them all together, watching the bigger picture appear, it was also a great keepsake because I used to use bits of material from special clothes that I wanted to remember. Just looking at these pictures, I can recognise a piece of yellow maternity dress from when I was pregnant with Sophie, some pink flowery material from Juliette's much-loved sun dress, a bright red square of Sophie's first pyjamas, ... This all makes me smile and feel quite nostalgic.
While I admit I'd probably never have the time to make something quite so ambitious, at least until the kids are older, I am tempted to dabble in some of the smaller projects that were equally rewarding, such as this fun cushion that I threw together in a few days. Again, I can see some more of my yellow maternity dress in the sunflower, the red heart is an old tie of Madhouse Daddy Mike's and the beige background used to be a pair of much-loved ultra soft jeans (that I'd forgotten all about until I saw this photo !).
It would be great fun to dig through the kids' worn-out clothes and make them into something that they can put out on show in their rooms to hold on to the memories, much as I did when I cut the pictures off their outgrown T-shirts and pyjamas to create a funky (and functional) shoe-tidy.
In fact, I think this was my final crafty project - a changing mat cover that I made for Pierre out of a stretchy jersey maternity dress that was too stained to pass on and appliqué used by tracing a picture of Winnie the Pooh from a kids' colouring book ! I made myself laugh at every nappy change with the cheeky "poo(h) time" logo that I added !
So thanks Emma, for giving me my crafting mojo back - now I just have to find the time ... and the space to get all my crafting supplies back into circulation ! Hmmmm I'll have to have a think !
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