So this past weekend Kara and I hosted our 6-year-old niece Ellie for a sleepover at my house. Here is Ellie being officially welcomed via the vinyl chalkboard on my kitchen wall:
We picked up Ellie on Friday night, dined at Applebee’s, painted toe and finger nails, played the Fancy Nancy card game, made homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream shakes, watched the new Tinkerbell movie, and then all settled down for bed. Come early Saturday morning, Ellie and I were watching cartoons and the thought came to me that perhaps it wasn’t the most exciting use of our time together. I suggested a couple options for her to choose from (continue to watch TV, drawing pictures, perhaps a small sewing project) and she immediately jumped on the chance to sew. We pulled out several sewing pattern books and started looking for the perfect pattern. At first she was thinking she wanted a purse but then she saw a stuffed animal pattern and our search quickly narrowed. Kara had joined us at this point and all three of us decided on this pattern:
The pattern is Peg Bear from One Yard Wonders. Cute right? Next step was picking fabric. At first Ellie REALLY wanted the same fabric as the red polka dot Bear pictured in the pattern. I actually happen to have that exact fabric in my stash but it is being saved for a particular project so I was hesitant to use it. Luckily we found some other fabric in my stash that we all determined was even better. Ellie was able to quickly see the vision of how cute the different fabric would be. She is creative like that.
After a quick trip to JoAnn’s for some materials, we got started sewing in earnest. Ellie helped with the pinning:
And the stuffing:
She had moments of pure happiness:
And even got a little stressed out:
In then end, it was all worth it for our work resulted in Ellie’s newest best friend, Twinkles:
I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun on a Saturday. Ellie is a girl after her Aunts’ hearts as she kept exclaiming, “This is so fun” and “I LOVE this!” Looks like the creating gene has bled to another generation. We simply had a blast. (The only damper on our day was knowing how much fun Ellie’s older sister Emma would have had if she too was with us. Next time it is Emma’s turn.)
Ellie loves Twinkles for her perfectly hugable size, her adorable belly button and sparkly button eyes, and I hope partially because we created her together. We love you Twinkles.
Fun Fact: When Kara was little she used to have a pet bunny named Twinkles. Ellie remembered the name and out of the blue decided to name her bear Twinkles in honor of her Aunt’s deceased pet. She is a cute one that Ellie.