Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sew, Look What I Made...

Oh yes, I put needle to thread and made something. A real thing. A useful thing. My most ambitious sewing to date has been pirate gnomes, which really our 11-year-old neighbor can do just as well. But I was inspired (like so many others) by Soulemama's recent book A Handmade Home, and picked what I thought was the easiest project for a crafting/ sewing neophyte. Behold, the felted sweater hat.

It's a little lopsided (Step 2 totally stumped me). I hand sewed it with embroidery thread (I don't have a machine and I don't know how to use one), so I actually might tear out the stitches and try again next rainy day. But the boy doesn't seem to mind. He picked out the sweaters at the thrift store he wanted to use, and he decided on the mushroom too (also a felted sweater piece), so he wears it with pride.

My dear husband laughed when he saw it. Not because he was trying to tease, but because he couldn't believe I made something, anyTHING. Most of my creating is in the writing/ video/ photography realm, so making something tangible was a big step.

Luckily I have people like the fabulous MamaRoots to turn to for handmade goodness. And Zach and I were both over the moon to win her Monster Monday giveaway! Be sure to drop in and leave a comment for the current monster giveaway, these are such fabulous little treasures.

p.s. Yes, the prints yesterday were raccoons. I can't wait to catch some Great Blue Heron tracks in plaster, they are huge! Happy tracking!

9 comments:

Stuff On My Blog said...

I think it's an awesome hat *thumbs up* And woot, I was right about the tracks! We used to see them all over growing up :D

Amanda said...

it looks great!!

Joy said...

Your hat turned out so cute! I love the little mushroom. There are so many things that I have made for my kids that I can see imperfections in, and they love them just the same. I'm sure Z is thrilled!

We love mamaroots too. In fact, I was thinking of featuring her in this weeks Handmade Friday. Congrats on your monster win. :)

Frontier Dreams (Nicole) said...

Oh it came out beautifully! Love it! Doesn't it feel great? I swear I get a high from creating for the girls <3

Hip Mountain Mama said...

Oh my gosh, that hat is adorable! So glad I stumbled upon your blog!

Rubi said...

What a great hat- I LOVE it. I need that book, I have the first one but not that one. We have so many heron tracks here- I need to start casting.

ps- why no clocks? i gave up my watch when i had babies, wondering if it's for the same reason you did!

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

I love it! We just received our copy of Handmade Home. Eager to try some of the projects...glad to see your success.

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

I love it! We just received our copy of Handmade Home. Eager to try some of the projects...glad to see your success.

mamaroots said...

I am a sucker for the mushroom hat! Love it and thanks mama so much for such sweet words! All the best to you and your crew!

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