One of the best things about being handy with a sewing machine is being able to sew gifts for family and friends. And if you can throw in a little sentimentality with it, so much the better. Here's a little idea from something I made a few years ago for my mom and my sisters.
Our piano bench cover had a lot of
Making notebook covers preserved the
Let me set the stage for you. Growing up, my three sisters and I all took piano lessons. My mom had made a wonderful cover for the piano bench back in the day when crewel embroidery was all the rage. And though none of us were prodigies, we spent quite a bit of time sitting on the bench plinking out scales and bits of Mozart and Bach.
At some point, the linen wore through and parts of the embroidery ceased to exist. My mom bought some lovely upholstery fabric and I recovered the bench for her. I took home the sad little cover and put it in a drawer.
Years later, it occurred to me that although I couldn't bear to toss this worn textile out, it also didn't have much purpose languishing in the drawer. So I carefully washed it, assessed how much was salvageable, and decided to make little notebook covers for my family for Christmas. Even though no one had seen the bench cover for years, and each notebook had a very different look, they immediately knew that these were little bits of our family history. What fun!
Sewists tend to be very generous people. I would love to hear about some of the gifts you've made–and the stories behind them.
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