I love the idea of my girls alongside me when I am creating and sewing. Since Evyn was a toddler, barely bigger than the bolts, she's acompanied me to fabric stores and scavenged the thrift shops for something I can repurpose. She's even modeled the finished pieces on an occasion or two, happy to be adorned in my handiwork.
The other day, as I finished up an order for baby gifts, she sat in a chair next to me, playing with the fabric, marveling at the sewing machine, adoring the idea that something – a blanket, a toy, a purse – comes from all those separate pieces and ideas and detailed handiwork.
I am actually more proud of myself when I see the wonder in her eyes, and I never get tired of hearing "wow, mommy!" when she sees a finished piece of craft – even my experiments gone wrong. For all my faults as a mom, one thing I'm really proud of is having brought the idea of creating to her little world.
When this idea for a fabric-and-glue quilt came to my email from Kids Craft Weekly I immediately thought of my fabric stash – the same one Evyn's little hands love to rummage through and throw all over the house (and tree).
I started with a rectangular piece of muslin and a bowl of watered-down glue and told her to go for it.
Being a perfectionist, she's loathe to try anything without a lot of specific instruction, so this was the ideal little craft to stretch her comfort zone. I held back and forced her to choose the fabrics and placement.
The finished piece is adorable, and I love it when it makes an appearance in her day's work (lately she's become a stay-at-home mom herself).
It's fun to see a little of yourself in them sometimes, isn't it?