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Projects always take longer than one expects

Sunday, December 06, 2020

I am helping out with the children's religious education this year, as I mentioned in another blog. Today we had a meeting and decided, among other things, that we could use a miniature altar cloth to teach the children how to fold properly (life skills, fine motor skills, good skill to build on). I said I would make one, and Christy gave me the dimensions of 11X16 inches, which she got off a package. Neither of us actually measured.

It's a simple sewing project. I can do simple sewing projects, much as I can sing simple songs - not expertly, but adequately. I was even looking forward to it. I hadn't bargained with two things. 1) We don't have an electrical outlet in the right place for the sewing machine, which I had moved, and 2) I didn't happen to have a piece of white cotton cloth of the dimensions 12 1/4 X 17 1/4 inches, allowing for hemming.

This led to some rather-more-complicated-than-I
-had-in-mind problem solving, involving, firstly, quite a few extension cords (I even had to go out and buy one), and secondly, finding a nice white cotton pillowcase that hasn't been used since I can remember, and ripping out all the seams. Both of these fixes took waaaaaay more time than I had bargained for, especially the seam ripping.

Once I *finally* had my white cloth rectangle, things started to look up, the only additional issue being burning my finger on the iron. But I didn't get finished until after midnight which annoyed me a good bit. And once it was done, I realized that it really isn't long enough. It should be, I estimate, 11X26 instead of 11X16. I wish I had measured!

I can make another one...and I may, but it won't be tonight!
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    You did good!!! emoticon You can make another one later!!! emoticon
    126 days ago
    This is how almost EVERY sewing project turns out for me. Kudos to you for embarking upon an adventure in efforts to help others though. I hope they appreciate it!
    129 days ago
    I command you greatly for your generous loving heart! ...🤗🎀🎄
    129 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    I understand your frustration. Hope the next one turns out like you wanted.
    129 days ago
    You deserve an 'A' for effort and an 'A+' for persistence.
    Even burned your finger? Ouch!

    Great ingenuity to use the pillowcase.
    My old sheets became costumes for our church Christmas play once upon a time.

    As the old saying goes, measure twice, cut once.
    130 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
    No good deed goes unpunished! (as my father always said)
    130 days ago
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