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Oct. 19th, 2016 12:24 pm (UTC)
Well I suppose that's a good reason, I just know how we crafty types are always asked to make things by people and we hate to say no, but this year I have gotten a lot better at it, lol. I turned down someone at work just last week, who wanted me to repair a hem in her pants or blouse or something. As kindly as I could I suggested that she look on youtube for a video so she could learn how to do it for herself, if she didn't want to take it to a cleaners that does repairs/hems. I think she was a little hurt but I told her that my crafty time is so limited I just could take on things like that and be able to do the things that I really want to do.

The pjs are very cute. I have bound the edge of fleece before with knit binding, and I ran out before I finished and used strips I cut from a tshirt the same color to finish. You couldn't even tell the difference. THe knit/jersey works great because it's got give in it too, just like the fleece. That was a great find, too. I love the patchwork velvet. You might want to add some ties here and there to keep the back from streatching/shifting too much when you do eventually wash it. Maybe some acrylic yarn or something. OR, just sew some buttons here and there at the intersections of the blocks! Big clunky decorative ones, that might be fun. Gold plastic or something.
Oct. 19th, 2016 12:55 pm (UTC)

The buttons are a fab idea, might look into that. I totally know what you mean with saying no to things, the amount o people who say could you repair my zip or take up my curtains. I want to say that as you only paid five pounds for something and installing a new zip would take me at least an hour plus the zip .

Bless people they just hear that you sew.xx

Oct. 26th, 2016 02:42 am (UTC)
The pj pants for the kids look really great.

A velvet throw sounds really comfy. I think Jewells' idea to tie it seems like a great idea - it's pretty easy to do and it'll hold it all together when you want to wash it.

I always say no when people ask me to sew things for them - I don't hem my own pants, I'm not going to start with yours - is my usual response to that sort of question or that I don't work well with patterns for things like curtains and I wouldn't to waste their money by ruining the fabric. And once I told someone if they wanted to pay $20 per hour, plus materials, the we could talk about me making a quilt for her, but as it would take 30+ hours she probably didn't want to go there. (She didn't.)(But I wouldn't tell just everyone that, usually when people want quilts, I tell them that I don't actually finish anything and I'd hate to leave them waiting, as would inevitably happen.) Anyway, that was a long way of saying it's helpful sometimes to have pre-planned reasons why you can't/won't do whatever it is they'd like :D
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