Craft night (and pencil case)

I love sewing, knitting and the like. It’s in my genes — my oma (grandmother) was always sewing, crocheting or knitting (I inherited her sewing machine, a mid-century Pfaff). So was my mum. But with three children and two jobs, a house and a husband to look after, I have found that time is not really on my hands… There’s always something more important to finish and the sewing machine ends up workless on the table top — nice to look at (longingly!)… So a few weeks ago, some friends and I decided to start a Monday night sewing evening.

Every other week we get together in one of our houses, drink tea, eat cake and cookies, and most importantly, we’re being creative! It’s such a relief, having picked up again something that is such an important part of me. I started with a project I thought was very simple, a personalised pencil case for our 6-year-old daughter, Sara, who just started to read and write at school. The project ended up being much more complex than I first imagined, and it took two craft nights to finish (plus help from my fellow crafters!), but it’s done and cute and I’m proud to be able to send Sara to school with something her mama made for her.

xxx Esther


Comments (12)

October 20, 2011

Esther, you are so sweet! I wish I can do the same for my Sara next year.

October 20, 2011

Great job Esther! I bet Sara is really proud of her pencil case.

October 20, 2011

it is a great pencil case – i totally want to make one for my son. but i would be afraid of doing the lettering and the zipper hate putting in zippers). any suggestions on how to do the letters nicely?

Esther in Amsterdam
October 26, 2011

Anais, I used iron-on adhesive fabric — it makes it super easy! I think this is similar:

October 20, 2011

It’s absolutely gorgeous! I recently picked up the sewing machine bug myself after many years, and (with Mom’s help!) made cushion covers out of some 70 yr old material that my grandmother used to have, and an apron from a remnant. Despite all the awful wonky bits, it still makes you stupidly proud to wear something you’ve made yourself, even if it’s covered in cake mix and bolognese sauce. The pencil case looks way out of my league ‘though… would make a great makeup case too!

Esther in Amsterdam
October 26, 2011

That sounds wonderful. I wish I had fabric remnants of my grandmother! And yes — it WOULD make a lovely makeup case — what a great idea! xxx

October 20, 2011

that’s really gorgeous, something to keep forever… well done x

October 20, 2011

It looks superb, Esther – be careful, or you might start getting commissions 🙂

Cat in Palma
October 23, 2011

Ooo! High five, Esther, it’s beautiful!
And PS, I went with my husband and daughter to Amsterdam for the first time last week and we LOVED it, thanks to your cityguide and recommendations. Love-love-loved it and can’t wait to go back after our new baby is born. Dank u wel! 🙂

Emilie in Paris
October 26, 2011

I love the fact that you guys get together and craft! Sounds like a lot of fun!

Esther in Amsterdam
October 26, 2011

I wish you could come and join! x

November 2, 2011

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