I was the Karate Kid only with sewing.
Wax on, wax off...
Actually, it was sew line, turn... sew line, turn... a million times.
Then blind stitch in... out, blind stitch in... out.... a million times.
I made hand warmers as my little "giveaway" gifts for Christmas. I didn't intend for that to happen. I was "helping" a good friend of mine make mermaid tails for my daughters for Christmas from their grandparents. When Laurie came over, she fixed my sewing machine and viola! It became a sewing machine again.
I really wanted to make something so I stopped at Joann's to get a couple remnants and make my own hand warmers. Simple enough, right? I ended up with a lot more fabric than I thought so I kept making more. Actually, I kept making more because each one would turn out a little better than the last. Then I realized these would make great gifts.
Sew line, turn... sew line, turn...
This process didn't make my sewing machine like me any more, really. I think it still hates me, but I ended up with usable hand warmers. I filled the little buggers with rice and lavender and they work great.
I added a little poem and a piece of yarn...
Here's the poem if you're interested. Feel free to use the poem if you want, but please give me some credit.
Want to see the mermaid tails? These babies will blow my sad little hand warmers out of the water! My friend Laurie was such a trooper through the whole thing. I owe her a really great dinner out very soon!!!
I also learned that I really want to like sewing but no matter how hard I try, sewing doesn't like me back. I've never been known to quit and I'll keep at something until I get good at it. I've had material for over a year now to make sundresses for my granddaughters and their doll babies. Yes, I shall conquer my sewing machine!!!