Every now and then, I need to retreat to the comfort of construction. Whether it be a recipe, an embroidery hoop or the tatatatata of my sewing machine I am able to let go. There is something every so relaxing by following a set of shapes and lines, knowing it will manifest into form and function. There is a freedom when I do not have to think and thus surrender to the components of a formula. I do not have to dive deep and dig into the recesses of my mind to find that spark of creation. Instead, I can bypass the mental and creative expedition and work upon the foundation created by others.
Lately, I have taken up fabric, needle and thread to refill my creative well. I have had good reason to as I have had some overdue gifts to create. One of my favorite things to do when I know someone is expecting a child is to dig into my stash of fabric and make a hand made good. I remember as a child some of my favorite things were the toys, clothing, and other fun stuff my Grandma Eloise made for me. I could feel the love in each stitch and these items, although worn with time, hold precious memories for me.
My cousin, Cherrish, recently had her first child and I thought I better get to work. Through the excellent resources and links of Sew, Mama, Sew I found a gold mine of baby present tutorials.
Soft Fabric Balls and Blocks: I made these soft fabric balls from Tanya's tutorial. Check out Ester of London Mummy a step by step tutorial for her fabric baby blocks. Ester has some great fabric structures and tips on her blog. I have no idea how to play Otemada, but Melynida's creation makes me want to learn to play.
For the older child, Cindy's instructions for a Crayon Roll is the perfect accessory for your budding artist. I made this one the other day.