HAPPY MAY DAY!
I hope you're all having a great one! Sweet Pea and I made these cute little heart cones from a Sweetwater pattern and kit. I think they turned out really cute! We made them for some of Sweet Pea's BFFs at school and their siblings. Tonight, after school we will go hang them on her friends' doorknobs, ring the bell, and then go hide in the bushes so they don't know who left it. Just a little random act of kindness (RAK) on May Day. This was a tradition at my house when I was young. Did you do that, too?
I remember that my grandma (the one who grew the African violets) would crochet a whole bunch of little baskets for us grandchildren to use as May baskets. She'd make 30 for me so I would have enough for everyone in my class! She did the same for my siblings and for any of my cousins who wanted them. She was usually making 200 to 300 of them in any given year for us. What a woman, huh?! No wonder she had arthritis in her hands when she got older.
Well, I couldn't muster that, but I did enjoy sewing these little puppies up. I thought I'd write a little pattern review for you!
The kit came like this...Six fat eighths of fabric and the pattern. When I placed the order, in the comment field, I told them what names to put on the labels. So, the kit included all the little labels. (Each kit makes six cones.)
And speaking of RAKs....Sweetwater is doing some right now. With every order, you get a RAK. Here was my RAK...two really cute and free patterns! Wow! So cool! Today is the last day they are doing RAKs, however. If you want to get in on that action, place your order today.
Sweet Pea and I sewed up two kits. The project was pretty fast and easy. I think I sewed all of these in a long afternoon. Sweet Pea (who is in second grade) pulled all the paper off the labels, positioned them on the fabric, and even carefully used the iron to fuse them onto the fabric. I did the stitching around the labels and bags. She did the initial pressing on the handles, which was really helpful. She also helped me turn them all right side out.
This is a fun, easy pattern. Highly recommend it. It comes with a full-sized pattern to trace for the cone shape. You just trace and sew. The only things you need to provide are the batting and the goodies for inside the bag. It does require a little hand sewing to sew the cone into a cone shape, but that didn't take long at all. They went together really nicely. The handles were just a little tricky for me to sew on, because I don't have a free arm on my machine, but even that was not bad at all. And I just love these fabrics. The colors are great, and who doesn't love polka dots?!
Sweet Pea and I enjoyed making these so much, I went back and ordered another kit to make some for a few people I owe a little thank you to. AND I got more RAKs! (Different ones!) I didn't even think about that, but it was a nice surprise.
(I should mention, I purchased these with my own money and I have no vested interest in Sweetwater. I've been thinking I should mention that in my reviews.)
Also, we made some cute little gift tags for these. I'll share more about that in another post.
Have a great May Day! I'd love to hear what your May Day traditions are!
Until next time,