When I was little, my grandmother had a pillow on her bed that was covered in what I thought were miniature shower caps. They were called yo-yos, as I would find out as an adult, and I really wanted one for my Barbie. I think these yo-yos sparked my love of sewing and created a special bond with my grandmother. I just never thought I’d be sewing alone.
Last week, I saw some fabulous necklaces made from yo-yos. I wanted to call my grandmother and tell her about them, but then I remembered… It’s been a little over a month since we’ve lost her and I still can’t get used to the idea of her being gone.
My grandmother definitely loved to sew; she had an entire room devoted to sewing, with an old-fashioned table machine and a dresser full of fabric. She would give us handmade gifts every year for Christmas from boo-boo bunnies to pillows. How I wish I had some of them now! My kids would love them.
I’ve been trying to make W some new dresses. I found some YouCanMakeThis.com – sewing patterns to try. For this apron dress, I found a really cute Little Red Riding hood print. For the apron, both kids had their heart set on a Michael Miller print with cats on it.
For this dress, I chose a white fabric with a yellow print with flowers. Note: It’s almost a year later and this dress still has yet to be made.
As I cut the fabric and pinned pieces together, I felt my grandmother’s presence. It was a cathartic process, making these dresses. I knew my grandmother would have been happy with the results. Do I miss her any less? No, but I know I can always find her in my heart as I sew.
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