No, it’s not a bag for fuzzy dice, but a fuzzy bag for gaming dice. Though, Boo would love to have fuzzy dice, in a fuzzy bag. This is the same child who mismatching socks is a way of life and who is thoroughly disappointed with herself if her clothes accidently match. But I digress…
Boo was overjoyed to get gaming dice in her stocking this past holiday. (Mismatching patterns, as requested – no matching pink dice set for this darling.) Spookydad thought it was a rite of passage to give her a Crown Royal bag to hold said dice in, but the kid was not much impressed with this option (just wait until college, sweetie, it will all make sense). So, since I was going to be home for part of winter break, I promised to take her to the fabric store, so that she could make her own bag and practice sewing on the sewing machine to boot. The kid has been very excited about learning to use the sewing machine.
My heart literally groaned when she announced she wanted to make the bag with fuzzy fleece material. Backstory: My sewing machine hates me. It has hated me pretty much from the moment I got it back in 2000 for making historical garb. I don’t know how I hurt its feelings… maybe I insulted its mother or disagree with its politics. But it hates me, and refuses to work on material thicker than muslin or other cotton blend. The needle bars starts chunking and suddenly you have the thread from the bobbin doubling and tripling up on the bottom side and the bobbin thread all stuck around the bobbin compartment. It’s not a pretty sight. Then I start threatening to replace it and it just gets ugly from there.*
So I had to add a disclaimer to the project for Boo: That we will try, but I can’t guarantee that she will be able to sew the bag on the sewing machine, and might have to hand sew the bag, because the machine is a kindred spirit to the Grumpy Cat.
So off to the store we went. The selection for fuzzy fleece was huge, so it took a bit. But Boo knew what she wanted the minute she saw it – a hot pink and black zebra pattern. She also asked if we could make a skirt out of the same material, so we bought extra material and a pattern of skirts.
We got home and dragged out the sewing machine and prepped it, cut out the material for the bag pieces and had at it. Within two seconds I hear the clunking and knew that the machine was laughing at us.
“REALLY? You think I’m going to sew that material?…. um, NO.”
So I pulled out the thread and gave it one more try for Boo’s sake, though I knew it was game over.
So I set her up to hand sew the bag, but saw there was going to be a problem for a novice hand sewer like the kid. The pink/black material made it very hard to see the black thread while stitching. So we switched over to thick embroidery thread of a contrasting color. (You can see she choose bright blue.) So the first day she sewed the fold overs for the ribbon casing and the second day she sewed the body of the bag, we added the ribbon (two different colors, of course.) And we had a functional bag!
The skirt will have to wait until such time that the machine is replaced (I’m thinking maybe as a birthday present.) Any recommendations for a sewing machine that likes materials like broadcloth, girl scout patches and fuzzy fleece?
* I am willing admit that the machine might hate me because of user error. I kinda just went out and bought a machine without any knowledge of how to use said machine and still only am a novice myself. Really should take a class along side Boo.