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Story behind the wrist pin cushions — samaritansewer

https://samaritansewer.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/story-behind-the-wrist-pin-cushions/ Yesterday I stopped at the Mighty Dollar store to look for some sewing notions to add to the sewing kits for the girls in the Kenya orphanage. I thought about my “must have” pieces of equipment when I sew and one of the tops is the wrist pin cushion. It saves me so […]

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Story behind the wrist pin cushions

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https://samaritansewer.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/story-behind-the-wrist-pin-cushions/

Yesterday I stopped at the Mighty Dollar store to look for some sewing notions to add to the sewing kits for the girls in the Kenya orphanage. I thought about my “must have” pieces of equipment when I sew and one of the tops is the wrist pin cushion. It saves me so much time because it stays with me when I sew, or move to the ironing board, or cutting table, or stop by the kitchen. I never have to worry about spilling the box of pins either! So when I saw these regular pin custions at the dollar store I got them and transformed them into wrist pin cushions by tieing on andsewing together the ends of elastic. The final step was to make each one look a little different by the addition of a button. For those of you who don’t sew, you may not realize there is a function to those red apple cushions your Mom may have used. The saw dust centers clean and sharpen the pins and needles. The ironic part of this gift for the girls is that it comes with some family “heritage.”  I come from a line of Singers – Robert D Singer and Jessie Mae Singer where my parents! So for less than $1 a piece these girls will get a much loved sewing notion. Sewing may be a life saving skill for these girls in Kenya. This project has been a great distraction for me this week, too. Those of us who live with chronic pain know that sometimes you just have to find something to do that gets your mind off your pain.

Pink pintafore top and bloomers from old pattern

Many of my girl friends might recognize this old pattern from when your Mom or Grandmother made you an outfit off this pattern.  I was asked to sew a little girl an outfit off this pattern that her Mother purchase online.  I am sure she paid more than 85 cents for it!  She bought some beautiful pink cotton fabric that had linen in it.imageimage  She fell in love with a pinafore outfit she saw online and wanted one sewn for her daughter.  Everytime I looked at the pattern I was brought back to my childhood days when Mom would sew for me.  Each pattern envelope in those days only contained one size.   That was much easier to follow when cutting out.  I remember having several pintafore outfits.  I also remember forgetting to wear my bloomers underneath one time and getting scolded for the error, too!  My customer was very pleased with the end product and said it was one outfit she planned to save as a keepsake for her daughter along with her infant outfit whe saved.  I am so glad my Mom sewed for me. She made those unique, one of a kind dresses, a labor of love for sure.  image.image

Starting my blog

In early December, I started sewing doll clothes for my grand daughter and for a young friend facing heart surgery. From there I learned about ladies who sew for little girls around the world. Now I have a passion to sew dresses for orphanages or for mission teams to take to little girls they visit on their mission trips. My sewing machine has been humming ever since. I now look forward to sharing my creations with my friends and family. If you want to join me in my sewing projects or can donate some fabric or notions you have stored away, please contact me. Please keep in mind, my sewing skills are much better than my writing or photography skills. Hopefully the later two will improve with the blog publishing.