Week 18 - Sewing While Traveling
Project - Inch Worms
Question - What do you do when you are out of town overnight by yourself and you completely forgot to bring any project to work on?
Answer - Find the nearest Joann's or craft store.
Last week when I hit the road for Northern Michigan I completely forgot to bring anything to work on. I was did remember reading material, but after 7 hours of driving I wanted nothing to do with reading. I also knew if I didn't get something to do with my hands I would be asleep by about 4 in the afternoon.
A few days before I left I got a new craft book in the mail.
I am totally smitten with this book! One of the project that Ran picked out for me to make him was the Inchworm. I realized as I was sitting in my hotel room struggling to stay awake that this little guy would be perfect
As luck would have it there was a Joanne's just a few miles from my hotel! With the address plugged in my trusty GPS, off to the store I go.
The hardest part of buying supplies was remembering everything that I would need. When you craft at home all your supplies are right there. Since I didn't bring anything with me but the book I would need to buy everything. The other hard part is knowing that every single thing that you are buying, you already own.
Felt - one piece per inchworm
As if I don't have enough of this already at home!
Cotton Floss - in colors to match the fleece
Buttons for the eyes
I think I already have enough buttons to line the road to Petoskey and back!
I have bags & bags of this because few years ago I bought two 20 pound boxes (no lie) of the stuff for a big project that I had severely overestimated. So I bought the smallest bag I could find.
Hand Sewing Needles
Sure I have plenty of these at home, but one can never have to many needles, so I didn't feel to bad about buying these.
This one was tough. I almost forgot to buy them. I have soooooo many different pairs of scissors at home, so I bought the least expensive pair that looked like they would still cut fabric.
Once back at the hotel I used the back of a piece of paper I had tucked in my bag to trace the pattern out of the book. No light box, so the hotel room window would have to do.
I didn't realize till I was back at my room that the one thing I did forget to buy were straight pins. Since I had bought one of those bundle packs of needles I substituted those in their place. Worked just fine!
In the end I made 3 different colored inchworms for Ran.
Ready for the final product?
I didn't make the glasses or the head scarf for them. I also gave each of them a different mouth expression. Ran loved them - so much that within just a few days of my being home the boy lost the green one! I think he may have left it at school.