Oh my gosh, thank goodness!!! Jillian has taken an interest in something other than TV, computer and phone games (quite possibly because I completely nixed all electronics during the school week this year). But whatever the reason, I’m so thankful.
She’s been slowly learning some basic sewing techniques with my mom this summer, and frankly I’m really impressed at just how quickly she picked it up! She’s sewn a few napkins or pillowcases (even helped with some of our orders!), basically anything with a straight line is a good possibility.
But now she’s venturing into the world of designing her own projects.
If you’ll recall her backpack of choice this year…
So, apparently she is no longer my little girl. Now, she is “Bieber’s Girl.” Sigh.
But I digress.
She was dead-set on a messenger bag this year. And a Justin Bieber messenger bag at that. Do you know how many Justin Bieber messenger bags there are in our little town? One. At KMart. And this is it. Oh, JB backpacks are flying around all over the place, but not messenger bags.
Cute, I thought. A messenger bag. Well, the downside of messenger bags is that they don’t have the padded strap like backpacks do. Why not? I still would like to know.
But the girl’s backpack is H-E-A-V-Y! I carry it for her as much as possible – to the car, to the front of the school, in from the car in the afternoons. But she still has to lug that thing all over the school herself, and it hurts her tiny little shoulder. (The bag is nearly as big as she is… I’m pretty sure I could stuff her inside and give her a little ride sometime.)
So, yesterday she tells me she wants to make a padded strap cover for it. Brilliant! “I’ll help you after school,” I say.
But for the first time, like, ever, she barely needed my help!
I cut out the main fabric and placed the velcro on the right places, and she was off!
“Do you want me to sew the velcro on?”
“How about the batting for the inside?”
“I got it.”
“Ummm… I’ll just sit over here, and you let me know if you need any help.”
Then I proceeded to crush it candy-style on my phone for a few minutes.
I did help her a little at the end, and with the ironing (although I’m pretty sure my mom has her do that herself, too). But overall, this project was 90% Jillian, and I’m so proud! And what’s more, so is she.
Gotta love the bright and colorful fruit print she picked! We didn’t have anything that matched exactly with the Biebs, so she just went for fun!