Monday, November 12, 2007

Homemade With Love 2007

Welcome to the wimps addition to Kisses of Sunshine's  Homemade with Love - the place where those who can't make a stinkin' thing that requires creative talent can feel good about their offerings.

First things first:  Mr. Right - GO AWAY!!!  YOU CAN'T SEE THIS POST!

There.  Now we can begin.

This year, The Girl and I decided to make Mr. Right a throw that is big enough for a six-foot man.  (One of Mr. Right's complaints about throws is that they're not big enough to cover all of him and his feet.)  But since I can't sew a hem, I had to find something that would be easy enough for a nitwit like me.

So I did what any good blogger would do; I followed Barb's step-by-steps instructions for making a no-sew throw.  If you want excellent instructions on how to make this project, check out her post.  If you want to see a screwball's attempt at this project, keep reading.

First off, we selected some manly colors for Mr. Right.  Unbeknownst to me, the plaid came in mighty handy when it came time to cutting.  The patterns helped even me cut a straight line.

Oh, do you like the bathroom?  It was the only place I could find to spread out 2 1/2 yards of material.  2 1/2 yards!  What was I thinking?  That's A LOT of material with which to work!

First line up the materials and cut the edges off the flannel. Then cut the sides so that they evenly match. (You notice that I told you to do follow more than one step? Yeah, I don't want to tell you how long it took me to even all the sides out. Let me just say that I really don't know the dimensions of the final product because I had to keep "fixing" it. You learn from my mistakes and do it right the first time, okay?  Line the material up and cut once.  Trust me.  You'll feel better in the long run.)

Now you stop to have a chocolate because you deserve it for not uttering a single swear word for All.  That.  Cutting.

Make sure that you put your pet away; otherwise, you're chasing her off the material all night. I suggest that you toss her in your son's room and slam the door on her. Not that I did it... it's just a suggestion in case you have this situation...

Make sure that you cut a 6-inch square from each of the corners. By doing so, you'll make this project a whole lot easier on yourself (assuming you cut the edges correctly in the first place... ahem.)

Next you put The Girl, if you have one, into slave labor. She's a great strip cutter. (We cut 6-inch  long strips into the sides of the material so that we can tie the strips to keep it together. (Hence the name no sew. Neat, huh?)

Now here is where I suggest that you don't even think about creating such a huge throw. We had to hide it from Mr. Right before he came home from work. Since we started it in the master bathroom, we had to move it. Dumb, dumb, dumb. But doable... because we had to do it.

Learning from the previous night's tight working quarters, we moved it down to the reading room. We had a bit more room there. Whew.

After finishing the strips, we proceeded to tie the edges. "We" is really a misnomer. The Girl kept getting frustrated because she couldn't get the ties to look "perfect", so guess who had to do every single knot. (I couldn't begin to tell you how to do it, so go read Barb's instructions again. She's smart.)  Also, I suggest that you take the camera away from the girl.  She will keep snapping photos of anything and everything - especially the cat that should have been tossed into your son's room.

As you can see, I was in the zone with this throw, loving every minute of it - especially with all that good help. She slaved over the entire process. I'm so glad that "we" decided to do it. At least she made time out of her busy schedule to read with her brother...

The finished product. A gift made with lots of love, patience and a glass or three of butterscotch schnapps.

All in all, it's a great way to tell Mr. Right that we love him and to get him to quit whining about his cold feet.

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