Archive for Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Aunt Norie’s sewing room

November 3, 2004

"Mom, look -- a coat of many colors," Leslie's little 4-year-old exclaimed so excitedly. One of today's fashion creations had just walked by.

She said it was of more than the usual color mix-ups. It had stripes, circles and squares, and it looked more like the old crazy quilt. The little guy, who was in Sunday school, was so excited to see so many colors in one garment. Then he asked if his mother could make him one.

Later that evening at home they had fun but made pajamas instead of a jacket.

To do a project like that, just select companion fabrics, scraps and pieces. Sew them together, press and finish the seams as you go, and then lay your pattern pieces on the fabric and cut them out. Assemble your garment in the usual way, following your patterns instructions.

This is also a great way to use scraps and pieces of fabric, turning them into lap robes for the nursing home. In fact, our local VFW unit is now making lap robes for our veterans. One can make pillows and all sorts of things from otherwise wasted fabric. Use your imagination, then please share your results with the rest of us.

Some advice from a grandfather:

"In times of worry and stress, especially over things I knew I had no control anyway, I always found peace and comfort in just watching the kids in the sand pile or in the park. No matter what their problem, their tears didn't last long. They soon settled their differences and were friends again.

"Didn't Jesus tell us to become as little children. We need to heed and listen. It does work and faster than you think."

Thanks a lot to both of you for sharing and especially for your wise advice, grandfather.

-- Aunt Norie, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086;

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