My sewing machine has a new home at the moment - outside on the table on our back deck.
This is the only place that I can sit and squeeze in a bit of sewing erstwhile attending to drink and snack requests, lost toys, nappy changes, sibling argy-bargy, cleaning up of spills, wiping of tears and other general small child requirements.
What's got me sewing again? I put my hand up for making some items for the craft stall at the up-coming school fete. The fete is only a few weeks away now, and a promise is a promise after all. I'm not exactly zipping through the work, more like a steady plod, but I am getting there.
About a month ago I was given a plastic bag stuffed full of fabrics that were donated for the craft stall with a request to turn them into handmade goodies...but to be honest most of the fabrics were rather ugly, and to be super-duper honest a little bit stinky of somebody's storage cupboard. I gave them a good wash and an airing but I didn't have the time to make something from all of it. The most useful fabric was a fairly large amount of mid-blue curtain fabric with a blockout backing.
The curtain fabric made five nice tote bags with exterior pockets made from drill fabric I picked up from Spotlight. I also bought the header tape for the handles. Sure, it cost me a bit of my own money to make these but I believe in doing the job properly. Don't want to be giving craft a bad name now, do I?
With the rest of the fabric I trimmed up the pieces and tied them into little bundles with labels.
Who knows, there might be a fabric addict at the fete who finds these little bits of fabric to be just what they need!
This outdoor sewing thing, I could be onto something...