I have the sewing equivalent of stage fright. This is ironic because the sewing project that I'm having doubts about is for my sons' hip hop dance instructor.
This is a small gift -- I don't think it's customary to give presents to dance instructors in this town -- to show my gratitude for her patience with Zarf and Klaxon who have grown to love dance. I fear she may feel unappreciated since my sons and my friend's son were the only pupils to show up at a scheduled performance on the weekend. The ironic part is this: my sons both expressed reservations about performing on Saturday. I responded by assuring them that they only had to try their hardest and that being afraid is no excuse to opt for the easier path.
It would be easier on my nerves to pop over to the grocery store and pick up a $20 gift card for iTunes, but instead I'm going to steel my nerves and give these to the teacher:
They're Upcycled Grocery Totes. Is that apparent? I don't know…erm…maybe I'll include an explanatory card. I was aiming for an eclectic, eco-friendly, funky, heart-felt aesthetic. I used fabric scraps from other projects and reused some curtains and a batik skirt I found at the thrift store.
I like them. I think. Zarf -- age 10 -- likes them. Mr Wrath says he likes them. And Klaxon? He's eyeing up the gift card rack.