When I started sewing just over 2 years ago, my friends thought it was hilarious. You see, I was the one at school that had the messiest handwriting and was very average at art and craft. I'm also the one who is renowned for being messy in everything I do - messy desk, trashed kitchen, very untidy bedroom. My old boss once was incredulous that such a germ-a-phobe could be so incredibly messy! Guilty on both of those counts!
But after 10 months of new mamahood, I was FINALLY in the swing of looking after my little boy and my career was on hold for quite a lot longer and I just needed something interesting to do. A new challenge. Yes, I was officially a bored housewife! Kind of embarrassing, but really, I knew I was lucky to be in that position and before I knew it the kids would be at school and I'd be back in the workforce, so decided to enjoy it.
I was inspired initially by one of my favourite blogs http://lovelydesign.blogspot.com/ who had made these gorgeous goody bags for her daughter's birthday party. I decided to make these for my boy's first birthday. I asked my mum to babysit once a week while I learned how to sew on my Nana's 20+ year old sewing machine and over-locker.
My sewing teacher thought I cut lots of corners and only wanted results as opposed to quality and I can't argue with her! I definitely go for effect rather than perfection. I am a burn and churn type of person. And let's get serious, I was making calico goody bags for a bunch of kids - did they really care if my seams were messy & falling apart or if I used ribbon instead of a home sewn tie? Nup. They wanted the ball and the cake!
Here is my finished product - the letter on the front is the name of each child coming to the party.
Inside I put a little ball, some crayons, a notepad, a colourful peg, a party blower, some milk & white chocolate chip biscuits and a mini cupcake in a plastic pail.
All ready for the party!
I didn't care what my sewing teacher thought of my close up quality, I had so much fun making these and I think the overall effect was great. I was slightly embarrassed at the party that I had put so much time in to these (ie bored housewife stereotype) but at least I'd done something productive with my idle hands!!!
Love Amy xoxo