Sunday, February 27, 2011
Meet Shaherazad, my first solo sewing project
You may be asking why I would name my little Bunny Shaherazad. Did she tell me stories? Not a one. But she did have a sister as did the original Shaherazad. Her name was Dinahzad, as I recall and she was the one who asked the sheik to allow Shaherazad to tell one last fascinating tale before her death. Sisterly love was one thing I never experienced, having only had a brother, and I did envy it.
So, I compensated by making Shaherazad and Dinahzad. Yes, I made them. They were the very first sewing project I tackled on my own. I believe I was ten, but I'm not quite sure of that. It was a good way to learn a few different stitches on one project.
Back in the day, my mother and I used to go to the fabric section of the local Woolworth store--I am dating myself, aren't I?-- and I would watch as she chose fabrics for dresses, pants, blouses and skirts she would make either for me or for herself. While she did that I found the craft bin which had these pre-printed fabrics for decorative pillows, stuffed toys and that was where I found the bunnies. Mom bought two of them for me.
I took them home and sewed them by hand, straight stitched all the way around except at the bottom. That was where you were supposed to stuff in the filling. Once plumped up with poly-fil, I sewed shut the opening using a blanket stitch. And there they were my twin bunnies. You may be wondering where Dinahzad is now. I couldn't tell you. My aunt Thelma took a fancy to her soon after I made them and absconded with her. Ah, well, I still had Shaherezad.
You may think it odd that I would keep some seemingly useless thing for so long, but that is where I differ from so many people. I throw away nothing. I instead gave up Shaherezad to my daughter. Alexis had her until she moved out--for what she says is the last time-- and she left the poor bunny behind. Alas, it was only recently that I found her at the back of the closet with a torn ear. Ouch! Yes, it hurt me more than it hurt Shaherezad, I'm quite certain. I put her on my sewing machine as a reminder to fix her one day.
Well, one day finally came when Justin happened to find me in my craft room and saw the torn bunny. He didn't like it one bit and bugged me to fix it right away! He gets his obsessive/compulsive traits from Tom and just like with Tom I capitulated and sewed the ear back on straight away. Shaherezad now has an ugly scar but she'll live on.
I'm not sure they sell these kind of decorative "pillows" (for lack of a better word) but they should. They make really nice, fun, easy first sewing projects for kids of all ages. Good for those boring snowy or rainy days when we can all use something to occupy our time.