Monday, December 13, 2010

Mittens

Maybe my aspirations can be a little too lofty.

Owen needs warm hands so I said to myself, "Hey, I could make him some mittens."  So I went to the store and bought some fleece and traced his hand on a piece of trace paper.  --I've seen this done a dozen places-- it's a piece of cake, right?-- Then I cut out the pattern and used it to cut out the fabric.  And sewed the two sides together.

Umm. . .  it was a little too tight, more like a spandex glove--but no problem, just try again a bit bigger.

I turned the fabric as to get the most economical use of the 1/4 yard I bought.  So because I wasn't thinking I ended up with a glove that was bigger in size but wouldn't even fit on his hand this time because the stretch was now going lengthwise instead of width-wise.

After two attempts Owen was ready to throw in the towel.  He shook his head sadly and said, "Mom, you aren't a very good sewer."

Oh, I was crushed!  My son had lost all confidence in my abilities!  But undaunted I turned the fabric back the other direction, cut out a second set of the larger size--with the stretch once again going side to side--and sewed them together. 

Success at last.  A pair for Jonas and a pair for Owen. Now hopefully Owen will just forget how may tries it took to get us here. 

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