From my 101 Things in 1001 Days project: items #82 and #85
I don’t know whether you guys have noticed but it’s been way too quiet over there on my 101 Things in 1001 Days list. As usual, dumb life stuff has gotten in the way of this project and it’s time to course correct before I run out of time to finish it. After all, I need this thing completed by 28 September next year!
I don’t doubt that I’m going to meet my deadline, but in order to catch up I’m allowing this funny-looking octopus to tick off two items on my list: #82 – Sew something using the sewing machine; and #85 – Make a soft toy. It’s the closest I’ve ever come to bending the rules.
This little guy was made with my Gran’s old sewing machine, and it was our maiden voyage together. When I began I had no idea how to thread the machine (or any machine, let’s be honest) and so things started out pretty rocky at first. There were at least three Facetime calls with my Mum to get things moving but after a little bit of practice on scrap fabric I was off and running.
Tim gave me a beautiful book of soft toy patterns called Hop Skip Jump by Fiona Dalton for my birthday earlier this year, and I’ve been dying to make one of her cute little softies ever since. I was lucky enough to find the stripy fabric while I was raiding the remnants bin at IKEA one day, and it was worth the effort of cutting out the tentacle pieces from different sections of fabric so that he had eight different coloured “feet”. That’s the closest thing I have to a pro-tip; the rest was just following the instructions and calling Mum when I needed to know how to sew a dart!
I finished him up a couple of months ago, and ever since then he’s been waiting for the little lady above to have her first birthday and begin his new life! We spent today celebrating with her (and 50 of her closest friends) and six hours later – after party food, presents and a giant inflatable waterslide – this tiny party animal was still going. She didn’t want to miss a moment of her big day.
(Also, her birthday cake was a showstopper!)
Happy birthday to the world’s sweetest girl, Georgia Mae! xxx