I might wish I had something astoundingly creative to show for my efforts the past couple of days, but my sewing / crafting has been much more utilitarian.
I love my swiffer sweeper, but the use and throw sweeper pads are really not in the budget nor particularly ecologically friendly. I have been contemplating ways to create some kind of reusable pad...via crochet or some other method. I found a variety of patterns, but in the end it just seemed a great deal of effort for something with which one wipes the floor. Then, while cleaning out last week, I ran across a package of pre-fold diapers that I had been given when older daughter was new...and the thought occured that half of one would make an ideal swiffer pad. So, I cut half of the 12 diapers in half and we (older daughter and I) sewed around the edges with a zigzag stitch...
I now have a dozen ideal swiffer pads, for no additional expense. They work wonderfully, but I am afraid that I don't care to show you the bottom of the pad and what all it has picked up! An additional benefit is the fact that Rosie Posie finds it highly amusing to swiffer the floors for me and it is keeping her well entertained...much to my delight and amusement!
Next up, some rather utilitarian bags. These are for a ministry that the churches in our area do each summer. The farms in the county draw a good number of migrant workers to do the field work each summer...and the churches put together bags with a towel, comb, soap, washcloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. to give to the children for their use. I am told that these are quite appreciated and that the kids use the bags for their belongings, swimming things, and what-have-you after the fact.
Older daughter and I sewed up 32 of these bags over the past 2 days for our Church's use in this ministry.
So there you have it, 3 days of practical and utilitarian sewing. I snuck in one bit of embroidery, which I will have to show you...but not a bit of tatting I fear.