Boundless creativity results in PJs and “uglies”

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I am constantly amazed by kids – their creativity, attention to details, and the unique ways they approach the art of sewing – sometimes I learn as much as they do! Yesterday was one of those days. I spent most of the morning sewing with my special pal, Jodie. She has her own sewing machine (thanks to her sweet grandma!), and we planned a simple pajama pant project to help her get more comfortable using her machine without adult help (subtext = her totally awesome mom is not that helpful in the sewing department 😉 ).

Well, make pajama pants we did. But since I had needed to trace off a pattern in her size before she could get started, Jodie decided to make a few “ugly dolls” while she was waiting on me. She had brought one along that she made earlier, and I thought these small dolls would make the perfect “pocket treasure” for the Dresses ‘Round the World project. Sweet Jodie offered to show me her process, and make 6 dolls to go with my completed dresses.

I let her go thru my scrap basket for any fabrics she wanted to use, and after finding some rayon velvets and cottons, she got started. All I supplied was a little scrap fabric and batting for stuffing – she supplied all the creativity and energy to get the work done.  I think they are just ador-a-belle, and it’s easy to imagine the pleasure they will give little girls without much to call their own. Awesome work, Jodie!

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Oh yes, we did finish her green leopard print pajama pants, too. But the highlight of the day for me was learning how to make ugly dolls from my favorite ten year-old. Thanks for the great sewing time, Jodie!

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Happy sewing!

Maris Olsen

4 Responses to Boundless creativity results in PJs and “uglies”

  1. Jane says:

    🙂 Loved reading about her day! What a lucky girl she is to get to learn from you!!

  2. Elizabeth Bigelow says:

    This is heart warming and reminds me of loving to sew as a young girl, thank you for sharing.

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