I like to make purses for myself or make baby blankets or quilts for babies. I don’t do a whole lot of sewing for my boys. They are out of the baby stage and they shouldn’t really be carrying purses, so I’m really at a loss of how to sew or knit for them. I honestly don’t trust the youngest 2 with a scarf since everything long ends up acting like a tourniquet on one limb or another.
One of my first attempts to sew them something was this pathetic sock monkey. The machine sewing part wasn’t so hard. It was the needle and thread stuff that got me. I obviously didn’t secure the mouth on properly because they got the fuzz out rather quickly. The thread holding his neck in didn’t last either. I thought I got the nostrils pretty symmetrical, but even though I went for the easiest eyes possible, I never could get the second one to look like the first, so I gave up and gave the boys a 1-eyed sock monkey. His name is PJ, by the way, and my oldest is convinced that he his nostrils are actually his eyes, and his eye is an eyebrow. Cradled in PJ’s arms is another creation I made for my boys – the purple beauty whose name is Sock Worm. They can play and play with Sock Worm – why, I’m not sure.
I got all inspired after another stressful post-swim-lesson time. I came home and decided to make each kiddo a drawstring swim bag so they could carry their own stuff. I’ve always wanted to say I “whipped up” something, but even with a project as simple as this, when you combine a slow sewer with a project times 3 and countless interruptions by the boys wanting to see their bag, it really took longer than I hoped. They love their bags, though, and although they look like they are completely comfortable in their pose (they’re looking at the mail truck), they had a little trouble actually walking with them. Fun, fun, though. It made my duffle bag a LOT lighter and we actually got dressed in 15 minutes after lessons today.