I have been wanting to sew with oilcloth ever since I learned what it was! The possibility of sewing waterproof fabric into all sorts of fun items opens such a new realm of possibilities. I know…I know…I don’t really need new realms of possibilities but I’m always looking aren’t I? So as soon as I heard an interview with the author of Sewing With Oilcloth and took a peek at the book in a local bookstore, I knew that it was going high on my wish list. So this Christmas I found it as a crafty treat under the tree. This week I finally got a chance to try out my first item – a reusable snack bag sewn with cotton laminate. Cotton laminate is a little more flexible than oilcloth and has been deemed “safe” for use with kids items. So when I saw this great fabric on sale, I had to go for it! I used the pattern in the book and was thrilled with the outcome! I need to get working on a few other items in the book then I think I’ll branch out into experimenting with my own ideas. The photos are great and the projects are super fun and practical – totally my type of projects!
I also tried my hand this week at making my own hair ties for my sweet pea. I have a terrible time keeping her hair out of her face and she takes out almost all kinds of rubber bands as soon as she’s out of my sight. So I was already hooked on trying this idea when I first read that someone said these were sensory sensitive and didn’t pull hair. I ordered some supplies and ta da! Here’s what we’ve got! I’ve decided to put a few listings in my Etsy shop in case anyone isn’t up for tracking down supplies and making them yourselves. If you would like to give it a go, I found this sensory friendly hair tie tutorial most helpful. My 3 day report is that they are working! And…her pre-school teacher said that her ponytail didn’t come undone all morning at school today – woo hoo! Victory!
And…just because Valentine’s Day is coming up, I decided to make a little heart sensory toy for my sweet pea. I’ve been bouncing some design ideas around my head for a while and thought it would be fun to play with some of the elements. I really love the combination of textures so I decided to make a crocheted heart and then sew it onto a double layer of linen. Feeling a bit lazy, I just sewed it on with my sewing machine and a longer stitch length and it worked! Then I cut the fabrics with pinking sheers just for fun.