Tracy Moloney has sent through her entry for the National Sewing Competition on here...don't you just love Tracy's project......here's what Tracy had to say....
I have finally got my project for National Sewing Month done.
My husband does pretty much all the cooking in our house and his favourite oven mitts have been in a sad way for a long time. They are a comfy square slip-on type (not the mitten-style ones) made out of towelling and I have not been able find any replacements out in our normal shopping haunts. National Sewing Month prompted me to get creative and make him a new pair. I had two brand new thick hand towels in the cupboard and decided that they would be perfect for the job. Folded one towel in half lengthways and stitched the sides together along the centre, with a loop of green ribbon tucked in to make the handles. Made some zig zag “quilting”to strengthen the double layer, then cut both ends to length to make the front. Cut the other towel to be the back with just a single layer. Put both edges together inside out and overlocked the three sides, then went around with the sewing machine to ensure the ends and sides were nice and secure, turned outthe right way and voila, a pair of sturdy oven mitts.
... the story above fails to mention that three sewing machine needles were broken and one severely bent during this adventure. It also fails to mention my nervous breakdown over a very temperamental overlocker who kept breaking the outside thread and took over half an hour of repeated re-threading and tension adjustment before it decided to work. Not sure what was wrong, perhaps it didn’t like the extra thick layers of towel clogging it up, I don’t know. Luckily before and after the “threadbreaking incident” it has been working just fine, like it has for the last twenty-odd years!!!
I know my mitts are not an adventurous project but it has been quite a while since I have pulled out both the sewing machine and overlocker for any new projects – they have just been working on mending jobs or hem adjustments the last few years. Hopefully I will get some more sewing projects finished soon, as I have now got some pretty sequin material to make some pink and purple skirts for my little nieces!!!
WOW.....what a lovely adventure you have been on with this Sewing Challenge Tracy....thanks so much for sharing with us all.......
I'm in Paynesville at the moment for some R and R so I'll upload another project later today.......