This year I am trying to make a few things that I have always wanted to try: sheets, a wedding dress from muslin or eyelet, accessories, furnishings, a trousseau, and hats. Above, is a completed hat from a pattern I ordered in 1987. Life got too busy for me at that time and for decades I looked at this pattern, thought it might be too complicated, and put it away. I got it out and chose the wired design (putting a a thin wire inside at the edges of the hat so it is bendable into a shape if desired) and used all my scraps of iron-on interfacing on the inside.
As for the directions in the booklet, they were so complicated that my eyes crossed trying to read them. I had made simple cloth hats before with commercial patterns, so I used the knowledge I already had, to put the pieces together. Also take note if you so have this pattern, the small size fits a child, and even though you add your own seam allowance and it claims to be so many inches, it won't fit anyone but a child, so the next time I will make a large.
A few posts ago I took some time to follow up on my idea of making a set of sheets from muslin fabric. I am happy to report that the couple I gave it to say the sheets are just fine and they prefer them. Lately, a friend suggested getting the cheaper, low thread-count cotton sheets and adding fabric trim. If it works out to be cheaper, I certainly might try it.
I wanted a new tablecloth but I have not had good results with synthetic tablecloths that are sold today, as the threads tend to catch and pull and stains are not easy to remove, so today I cut out a tablecloth using an older one as a pattern. I used 108 inch muslin but I think 50 inch would work fine. Using the old tablecloth as a pattern, I folded it twice, in forths, did the same with the fabric and laid the old table cloth on top the new fabric. Then I cut around it and tore some extra strips of fabric for a ruffle..
I am sure you are thinking that with the world of disasters and politics crashing around us,meow can she post about sewing a hat and a tablecloth. Well, I have a good answer for that oft-asked question: the world of network news and turmoil is their business, but my home life and the church is my business.
Many women at home have unlimited access to the workd's bad news, causing them worry and then they cannot focus wholeheartedly on their own business, the tasks God gave them in Titus 2:1-8 (yes, "that Titus2 stuff" as one woman sarcastic told me) 1st Timothy 5:14 and more.
If you ever get a chance to look at the timeline of political events during the life of Christ you will see military upheaval and popular philosophical falsehoods all around Him, but He preached about a different kingdom, one which would exist alongside the the kingdoms of this world. It was about those who would be in His kingdom by obeying his new covenant and following His principles. So we see the lady in the home is really living out her good citizenship in the Lord's kingdom, for the Bible teaches her to be busy at home, to mind her business, and to look to the spiritual welfare of her home.
This is what the homemaking blogs are all about: ladies sharing their homes and showing some of their accomplishments while working the work that God gave them in caring for husband, children if any, house, hospitality , teaching, and so forth. There is so much to be done for the home---and believe me, the home is threatened in so many ways, that the best thing you can do is be content to guide and guard your home. The bad news isn't going to help you do it; the Good News is.
Sometimes I suspect when the media gets wind of the fact people are ignoring their sky-is-falling reports, they create even more threatening news to make us pay attention and tremble over it, even at home where we are trying to make a supportive haven for people who need the respite.
I found this picture on Soft Surroundings to give me an idea of the kind of feeling of serenity I would like to put into all my rooms, by innovating and using what is available to me without cost. At the end of the day my guests, my family and my husband do not care what the news media is reporting with its loud blaring voice: they want a place to sleep.
Posted By Blogger to Home Living at 7/15/2015 01:04:00 PM