I now have a large box dedicated to Work In Progress. It used to be just a draw, but then I had to get a box, a big box, to get it all in.
I’m pretty sure Work In Progress projects (AKA: shit I’ve lost interest in) is commonplace with the crafter. That’s probably how Hobbycraft stay in business – from the keen bean crafters abandoning their currant work once they’ve caught a magpie glance at shiny new craft materials.
One of the original goals of this blog was to motivate me to get some of these projects back on track and finished. I’m refocusing on this so I don’t have to buy a bigger box
First from the box.
For Flo’s forth birthday she wanted a superhero theme. I am quite keen to keep princesses and everything pink at bay for as long as possible in regard to my girl’s interests. I’m not anti pink and princesses. My feeling is that once pink princesses starts, it lasts for quite a while. So when they say “Superhero/Pirate/Monsters”, I say “Yes”.
Of course I started a Pinterest board to get some inspiration. One idea for party activities that made it to the short list was cape decorating. I thought it would be a good alternative to a party bag as they could take their creations home. I buckled under self-imposed pressure and did party bags too. This turned out to be total overkill, although I didn’t hear any children complain about that. I got my initial template from here. I ended up having to stitch the self-adhesive velcro on at the neck fastening as it was not going stick. Apart from this slight modification, it’s the same thing.
There was a selection of things for each kid to customise their cape. I bought some pre-cut sparkly stars. We cut superhero emblem shapes from felt and we also cut each kid’s initial from the felt too. It was a great idea, but we learned the hard way that GLUE STICK DOES NOT BOND FELT TO ANYTHING! Even the emergency PVA didn’t help. So in the end the kids had to just lay the pieces out where they wanted them, slightly adhered to the cape and mums could be heard vowing to sew them into place when they got home. Well, if they are anything like me, those capes waited a long time.
But I did! Four months after the big day, I did it. Thanks to a little prompting from Flo – “Mummy, why are our capes still in this big box?”
Note 1: Mad props to Malc as he did almost all of the cutting out of capes and felt shapes.
Note 2: The awesome animal coat hook featured in the photograph second from left, is by All Lovely Stuff