Procrastination and forgetfulness

I had the great idea to make a doll carrier for a friend’s little girl who was turning 4. Her mum has a baby boy who she carries in a baby carrier. So I offered to make a mei tei a suitable size for a baby doll, or teddy, or whatever baby substitute you fancy and mum thought that sounded like a good idea. This was about a month before their birthday. A reasonably short job too, I estimated 3-4 hours at most.

At first it was getting done when I finished MB’s cardigan, then when I finished mum’s jumper (post to follow when it’s been blocked). Then I started a present for someone else. I thought, it will be easier to do this when MB isn’t home, I’ll do it in Thursday when MB is at nursery, then I got caught up in some paperwork I had to do for the next day, never mind says I, I can do it next week. And promptly forgot all about it.

I’m not sure what made me remember, but it popped in my head on Thursday night, that I had not yet made this carrier and the party was today, Saturday.

Yesterday morning I picked some fabric, grabbed MB’s doll pattern to copy the basic shape and some interfacing. I copied the general proportions except that I made the waist strap longer and the panel a little taller and wider. It comes up a bit small on MB and her dolls now. I got all the fabric cut out in an hour and a half.

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I had to leave then to do some bits and bobs at my mum’s.  I got it finished later in the evening after about 2.5 hours of work. It would have been even quicker but I kept sewing the straps in wrong.

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How not to do it (at this stage the strap should be going the opposite way, towards the panel not away from it)

I could do with an action pic. I may have to ask her mum for one with her face obscured.

Here it is on my cutting mat.

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Edited to add:

Here it is, I cropped and added a star to obscure the birthday girl.

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Capturing the motivation to mend or redo

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The frayed hole

I say capturing because it comes quite often, this urge to fix all the things. But it’s always when I’ve finished this thing, or sorted out the space, or found the supplies. Somehow the moment is never quite right.

Sometimes others have different ideas of how I should spend my time.

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Jubilee really thought a cuddle was far more important than fixing the frog that had acquired a somewhat frayed hole (dog related? No evidence).

I was more set on fixing the frog as its innards were making a hansel and gretel trail around the house. Perhaps if it were my frog the motivation to fix it wouldn’t have been as high but I was also getting nagged by a 3 year old who wanted her frog back.

The dressing gown was next on the list.  My mum bought MB a dressing gown second hand that was practically perfect.  Pink, fleecy, had Hello Kittys all over it.  Its major weakness was the smaller ties on it, they were made out of satin ribbon and rather weak.  MB, for some unknown small child reason, likes to undo the big fleecy tie and then pull the dressing gown over her hips while the smaller ties were still done up. They were getting weaker, but I kept putting the job off. Unsurprisingly it resulted in a complete break before not too long.  I had fixed a smaller one, but this needed a full replacement.  Luckily, such is the stash of crafty stuff that I had just the thing, a nice long length of pink grosgrain ribbon.  I cut two equal lengths, one end straight and the other at a 45 degree angle.  I heat sealed the 45 degree angle end with a lighter and sewed them onto the dressing gown.

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Took about 20 minutes start to finish and left me wondering why I didn’t just get on with it earlier.  Lack of motivation, so it had to break to get to the top of the list.

The last thing I have a picture for at the moment is a little handstitching. It’s not quite mending really but an example of the kind of thing that I usually just put off.  When I finished MB’s cardigan I needed to hand sew two sections of ribbon.  Machine sewing it without it getting too visible proved more of a headache than just hand sewing, so I think the motivation in this case was actually the end result, which makes a change.

I hate redoing stuff too.  But I appear to have got a lot better at that.  The main reason is that when I have put a lot of work into something, my initial instinct is to ignore any error, as undoing takes longer than doing it in the first place.  Be it ripping back knitting or unpicking serged seams, it all seems to take much, much longer than it took to make the mistake. Then you have to repeat the work.  But over the last 4 years I have found that it is so, so much worse to finish an item and have an error in it that your eyes go to every time.  Most of the time those errors were almost invisible or unrecognisable to anyone who didn’t sew or knit. That didn’t stop them driving me crazy.  Eventually the item would go in the bin or to the charity shop. I have finally learnt to just undo it and redo it the way I wanted it to look.  Then it was less likely to get messy.

Note to self: Get some more motivation to just get on with it. The author of one of the blogs that I read chooses a word or phrase for each year, I think that my phrase ought to be that. There can be too much reading of craft things and not enough doing.