Monday, June 23, 2014

Elephants Never Forget

The title of the post comes from something my mom used to say.  I don't know where it came from, but if that is indeed the case, then my mom was an elephant.  She never forgot anything -- good, bad or indifferent, it was all stored up there to throw back at you later.

Hmmm, maybe I'm more like her than I like to believe.

Anyway, elephants.  This series of projects started out as a pair of misbegotten pajama pants: drawstring / elastic waist, no pattern matching on the side seams.  Elephants.

I loved them on sight, though I knew I'd never wear them.

They've been sitting on my sewing table for at least 6 months, and the other week I cut them up and stared at the pieces for a while.

Obviously the biggest bits had to go for a dress -- some little girl (or her mother) is going to fall in love with that elephant print.  I love that I didn't have to add any embellishment.  Realistically, what would have showed up beyond the print?

I was left with a pile of scraps.

Scraps, in my world, now equal potholders.

I managed to get 8 potholders out of the remnants, and I think they're pretty cute.  Five of them feature a good-sized elephant motif in the center, surrounded by black-and-white check and solid black fabrics, and the other 3 have the print interspersed with the other fabrics plus denim to match the back of the potholders.

I don't think these will last too long on the craft show table.

When I finished the potholders, all I had left was a pile of strips and corners that I could gather up and hold in one hand.

It took a little convincing, but I gave myself permission to throw them out.


Becky said...

Heehee... I always have to give myself permission to throw out scraps, too!

The elephant print is great. I'm sure some little girl will love it.

Marjie said...

Those elephant potholders ought to be really popular. What kind of batting do you use between the layers? I just made my daughter in law an apron, and I'd like to make her matching potholders, too, along with a liner for a bread basket (which is already done).