Monday, April 04, 2011

Elise's Designing Debut!

This afternoon, I wanted to work on my Block of the Month Quilt... but Elise wanted to watch me sew. That gave me an idea! Over the last few months, I have been given, from several people, many quilt squares, and quilting fabric - much of it "vintage!" There are squares cut at 2", 4", 8", as well as triangles, and pieces to make bow tie squares. Where do I begin?!!!

I took a small box of squares and told Elise to arrange them in a pattern, or a design, or basically however she felt like it! This is what she came up with. After a few rows, I knew this would make a cute pillow case. So... here you go - my 4-year-old's first design with fabric!

As fast as she put the squares together in her design, I sewed them, until we had 14 rows long by 10 rows wide. Then I added some gingham on the open end, and sewed it to the back of the case.

She chose this kitty cat fabric for the back... I didn't feel like sewing more little 2" squares to make the backside of the pillowcase, too!

Already enjoying her pillow, while watching a movie this evening! And, while this might not be a "design" that anyone else cares to duplicate.... she was so proud to show her creative design to the boys when they came home from school.

9 comments:

Leanne said...

So cute! I bet you are enjoying the one on one time you have with her this year.

Jill said...

Adorable!! Love the pic of her cuddled up on her new pillow!! :)

Sarah said...

Leanne, she is so much fun! But she is really ready to go to school... I keep her busy with projects and we play games, and do crafts, and go on dates, but she is getting bored of me! She wanted to do addition and subtraction flash cards today, she brought the boys' cards to me and said, "We NEED to do this... THIS is how I learn!" Yikes. That's not pre-K stuff - forget it!

Anonymous said...

I see another teacher in the family!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) <3

Anonymous said...

This is such a great idea Sarah! She will never forget this project or this pillow.

Andrea Hildebrandt said...

way to go Elise! Creative like your momma!
Love the pic of her cuddled up on the couch!

deWoldeDaily said...

Very cute!! You are becoming quite the seamstress!

Rhonda said...

great pillow Elise!!

Rachel H. said...

Such a sweet project! She will remember that forever.