Sewing is a lot like life...sure, there are patterns for just about everything, but in order to love what you do, or love what you make, you have to change the pattern to make it your own regardless if the change is a fraction of an inch or the length of a yard. And more often that not, those choices you make to change the pattern do not work out exactly the way you hope. It can be frustrating and challenging, and sometimes you have have to rip it all apart at the seams and start completely over. Which requires patience. A lot of patience. But in doing so, you create something that is far more rewarding, and far more beautiful, then what you started with.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Oh Thomas!

When I first started sewing, I purchased a few yards of super soft, cuddly minky fabric and wouldn't you know it, the poor stuff has been just sitting there, waiting patiently for the perfect project. Or, I guess it could be sitting there because I have been afraid to use it. Regardless, it has been sitting there. But when my sister recently lamented about how she could never find the perfect size blanket for my 4 year old nephew, coupled with she said he loved to rub the soft edging of his favorite pillow, I knew the minky had found it's perfect project!

My nephew also LOVES Thomas the Train! I mean, LOVES! What boy doesn't you ask? Well, my little boy for one....he LOVES animals and robots and pirates (on a side note, have your kids seen the Veggie Tales Pirate Movie? my kid is obsessed!!) , but he doesn't particularly love Thomas the way my nephew does. On a recent trip to the fabric store I found the PERFECT (pictured above, pay no attention to my husband's green flip flops) Thomas the Train is super soft and snuggly and I loved the print. And coupled with my 50% off coupon, it was a steal!

So, over the weekend I sewed together the super soft, snuggly fleece with the super soft, cuddly minky and voila! The perfect blanket for my super sweet 4 year Thomas the Train fanatic nephew!!

I even got to use my walking foot for the first time! What's a walking foot you may ask? It is a special tool that helps feeds thick or stretchy materials evenly through your sewing machine. The walking foot was a MUST for making this blanket turn out so nicely, a huge THANK YOU to my stepmom for purchasing it for me before I even knew I would need it!!
I CAN.NOT.WAIT. to give my newphew his blanket and to see his little face when he sees he gets to snuggle up with Thomas every day! What's the most anticipated gift you've given lately?

Join me over at these link parties this week (as well as the ones on my sidebar) to see other neat projects made by crafty people!



  1. It's always nice to give good stuff a home. :)

  2. Oh my son would love that blanket he loves Thomas! Great job on it and thanks for linking up!