One thing I cannot thank my mom enough for is that she taught me to sew, knit, and crochet. I wish I had learned to tat, I have tried to teach myself but it isn't my thing. I can knit with the best of them, crocheting, I can do, but it isn't my favorite thing.
My mom was one of 7 children, one of which died in a influenza outbreak, all of whom are gone now, but she learned how to fend for herself. She had to quit school in the 8th grade and go to work in a shoe factory, also worked in a lace factory. She brought home her pay to her mom and dad and kept 50 cents for herself. As did the other children. If you lived at home you contributed to the family coffer. My PePe had a farm and also worked in a factory. Meme stayed home and cooked, cleaned, took care of the animals, also sewed, knit and crocheted. Life was hard. Especially during the depression. My mom was what they called a clothes horse back then, well, I guess she always was, lol... Meaning she loved clothes and she made a lot of them. She always looked nice, my mom... I have seen all the old pics and will share a few here. If she didn't sew them, she knitted them. Not just sweaters, but beautiful suits. Crocheting was used for table clothes, arm chair protectors and the like.
Mom and Dad
Mom in one of her knitted suits
Sewing saves me money. You know I bought a twin size bed. Don't feel bad for hubby. He loves his recliner to sleep in. He is tucked into this chair like it is his cocoon. He says," I feel like I am sleeping on a cloud"...Anyway, I digress... It is so much easier to change the sheets on this bed. It really is a time savor and easier on my arthritis. I am taking the king size flannel sheets and making them into twin size. Easy Peasy... Took 30 inches off the side of the flat sheets, stitched a hem. Put the fitted sheet on top of the mattress and took about 15 inches up all around and placed clips, cut it, stitched a seam all around and wha la.... Twin sheets. This is a great savings. I cut down one of the pillow cases to a standard size for the bed and took the other one and using it to cover Maxes pillow in his cage.
I bought this fleece a while back and made pillow cases out of them for Maxes bed.
The left over fabric have become pull toys for my family's dogs to give them at Christmas.
Today was a productive day.