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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

My New '100 Day Challenge' ... Sewing!

In this post I told you it was time for me to choose another ‘100 Day Challenge.’  Thus far I’ve completed two ‘100 Day Challenges’ …  (1) I taught myself to crochet and (2) I delved into the world of essential oils.  Both were huge successes and I found that I really do well getting things done and learning using this method.

My third ‘100 Day Challenge’ is a sewing challenge.  I chose sewing, not because I don’t know how to sew, but because I have several things that I need and/or want to stitch up and during this busy gardening season there just never seems to be a block of time that I can take to work on them.  So, I decided to make a challenge out of it!

Here are my self-imposed rules:

The 100 days do not have to be consecutive
Work at least 15 minutes each day

That’s it!

I don’t have a sewing room or even a sewing corner … maybe someday!   In the meantime I work with what I’ve got and what I’ve got is the end of our dining room/kitchen table.  Our dining room/kitchen table is long and since it’s just the two of us, I’ll leave my sewing machine out on one end of the table.  This will make it easier to snatch those 15 minutes each day.

I started the challenge on July 2nd and here’s my first completed project  ... 

I’ve been teaching a ‘princess class’ for little girls ages 5 – 9 as a special summer series at our church on Esther.  As the finale, we’re going to have a banquet where we invite parents and grandparents to come see and hear what the girls have learned.  As part of the ‘banquet’ the girls will need their long flowing royal robes so that’s what I worked on … royal robes.  They were so easy to make.  I measured the length of tulle I needed, doubled it as in folding it over and stitched a seam close to the fold about a ½ inch from the fold line.  I then ran a piece of ribbon through the ‘casing.’  I need 5 and have finished 2 of them so far.  (I've decided I don't like the white ribbon so will be changing it out for purple.)


I also started stitching around the 'wipes' I cut out of some of my husbands old stained t-shirts. I still have several of these to do and will work on them a little at a time in and around other sewing projects.

This is day 1 - 3 of my ‘100 Day Sewing Challenge’ and already I feel good about it!  


Want to join me on my ‘100 Day Sewing Challenge?’  Tell me what you’re sewing!

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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25 comments:

  1. I love this idea Patsy! You made me look at my stash of material! I think I'll start on baby doll clothes for my granddaughter. Have a great day!

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    1. Vickie, I need to make some baby doll clothes too!

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  2. I will join you on the 100 day sewing challenge. My granddaughters asked for American Girl Doll clothes. I would like to make enough outfits for their birthdays and Christmas gifts. I also would like to sew 3 fidget quilts for our local memory care unit and cloth paper towels for my kitchen. Thanks for the challenge and I wish everyone good luck and happy sewing. Hum, only 100 days, better get going.

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    1. LOL, I bet we get alot done in those 100 days!!! I have several patterns for American Girl Doll clothes that I got for $.99 each. My granddaughters are quite old enough for the American Girl Dolls yet but when they are I'm ready!!!

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    2. I made doll clothes for every Christmas for several years. It was sad the year that my girls outgrew the tradition.

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  3. I will join you on this challenge. My sewing room is cleaned out and organized, my days are not filled with grandchild daycare for now, so I have no excuses.
    I'm going to start some new curtains for a single window in our dining room and 3 half windows in the breakfast nook.

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    1. Yeah! So glad you are joining Rhonda! New curtains, that sounds lovely!

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  4. Well this is perfect as I started gathering supplies and ideas for Christmas gifts and other gifts. My first project is a teething cloth that technically could be used as a doll blanket too. I had planed to do some doll clothes and aprons for adults and little cooks. I also make bed buddies. (Microwaved rice bags) I used mine all the time. It soothes me. I think it's my security blanket..lol

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    1. Janet, I would love to see one of your bed buddies!

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  5. I will join you also but will start a bit smaller.
    Goal #1 Get my sewing corner organized, dusted and cleaned.
    Goal #2 Sort through the pile of stuff stacked EVERYWHERE and decide what to do first.
    Goal #3 Begin on the mending pile first. If I can get it done, then I can put all the clothes away and have room to work.
    Goal #4 Choose something fun to do, not a chore like mending, something fun.
    Jeannie
    GetMeToTheCountry.Blogspot.com

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    1. Jeannie, that sounds like a good plan. We'll do a check-in next Wednesday!!!

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    2. Well I blew yesterday! Does thinking about sewing all day count? I was going to but...decided to wipe off the fingerprints on the bathroom door, realized there was chipped paint, went to the garage to get the old can of paint, opened it on the kitchen table, carried it to the bathroom, set it on the floor where paint began seeping out from the bottom caused by a tiny rusted hole!!! I had to scrub the kitchen table then the floor all the way to the bathroom. I never made it to my sewing machine.
      I will sit and sew today because I am too sore to do anything else!
      Jeannie
      GetMeToTheCountry.Blogspot.com

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  6. I have many projects piling up as well Patsy due to the garden and canning. Love the 100 day way of getting things learned or accomplished. Sign me up. This should be fun. Remember the granddaughter's robes from a year ago? Think I will start with those.

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    1. LOL Judy, I have unfinished projects that are that old too!!!

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  7. Good on you for doing that, Patsy. I would join you but am off to the beach for a little while next week. I have curtains to make, a rag quilt cut out waiting to be sewn and some hems to be taken up. I just never get around to it but would eventually get it done if I worked on it for 15 minutes a day of course :-)

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    1. Nanna Chel, enjoy your time at the beach! You can join in when you get back.

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  8. I'll join in!
    I need to make a baby quilt for a grandniece due next month.
    A light saber pillow for my 9 year old grandson (he sketched the design for me). :)
    School skirts for my two oldest granddaughters.

    I've made a 100 day grid in my bullet journal and have already crossed off day 1!

    Thanks for this challenge!

    Cheri

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    1. Cheri, what a good idea to do a 100 day grid, I'm using a single page one year at a glance calender for 2017.

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  9. i just happened upon your blog and feel in love with the idea of sewing (or any project) for 100 days. And, since they do not have to be consecutive days, it will be ideal for me! So, I will join you! I have several things I want to work on for Christmas, but I am starting with crocheting/knitting. I have been doing that since July 1st so that will work out fine! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Welcome Susan! I hope to get quite a few projects completed in this 100 day challenge! Sounds like you're off to a good start too!

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  10. Good morning! Rhonda mentioned this challenge on her blog. I have several projects in mind that would work for this challenge, so I'd like to join in. Some pillowcases for nephews for Christmas will be first, then a doll blanket and pillow for my granddaughter. Cloth napkins and pillow covers, more blankets, and maybe aprons for nieces. I think I have enough to fill 15 minutes a day for 100 days. LOL. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Welcome Tammy! I just finished a couple of pillowcases myself!

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  11. I found this through Rhonda's blog too! I'd love to join in as I have several projects I'd like to get moviong on: two skirts, a purse/bag, bibs, wipes and bed buddies. I can think of more but don't want to overwhelm myself. I think this will be a non-stressful, fun way to get some sewing in each day.

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    1. Welcome Sue! For me it is a non-stressful way to get some sewing done! I can walk away after 15 minutes if I'm getting frustrated and still feel like I'm making progress! Baby steps for sure, but none the less, progress!

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  12. I used to have homemade gifts on hand all the time. I think it's time to start again.
    Today I'll knit, since I'm in the middle of a project, but tomorrow? Maybe it will be time to work on the apron I started back before I found out about my cancer.
    Blessings,
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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