Wednesday, July 7, 2010

oh geez!

Sometimes, I wonder how I get myself into these things... :o) For the past three years, my sister has been the chairperson for our church's Father/Daughter Royal Purity Ball. It is a wonderful event, that my daughters have enjoyed with Jim each year. My sister, Laura, does a great job organizing it. Each year, I have volunteered my sewing services, to make something that would go into the gift bag that each girl gets at the end of the night. The first year, it was sachets, last year was fabric baskets. This week, my workspace is looking like this:

What am I making? Mirror pouches! And you might say, why does it look like I have so much fabric and batting squares on my board?!?!? Because I am making ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE mirror pouches!

They are really lovely, and go perfectly with this years theme, which is that you (as a young girl trying to live purely) are a beautiful girl on the outside as well as the inside!

Here is the pouch. They are made entirely on the embroidery machine.

This is the mirror part. This one doesn't have the mirror in it yet (duh!) but I wanted to test stitch one, to see how they are put together... :o) The outside satin stitch on these will coordinate with the text and satin stitch on the pouch. Oh, and those piles of fabric and batting on my board -- DON'T include the fabrics and batting for the mirrors! HA!

By the way, each pouch takes 34 minutes to stitch out. 34 minutes X 125 pouches = 4,250 minutes! That's almost 71 hours! :o) And that doesn't include the mirrors! Ha! Good thing I have six weeks to get these made!
So sometimes, I wonder how I get myself into these things... :o) But I know I will feel good about it, when they are done! All 125 of them! :o)

11 comments:

Hazel said...

There beautiful ,what a wonderful treat for each girl ,the embroidery on them makes them all the more special .I also get talked into a lot of charity work but in the end its all worth it .Your so generous for doing this each year I'm sure you are greatly appreciated .

kwiltmakr said...

Oh my, that is a lot of cutting sewing and embroidery. You will be able to do it in your sleep after the first 50. It will be nice for the girls to have those as a memento

Laurie said...

Just think what amazing keepsakes these will be for the girls! It's so nice of you! That's an incredible donation of time!

Piece by Piece said...

They are going to look beautiful, all 125 of them. It is certainly a lot of work but worth it in the end as the girls will have a lovely keepsake.
Patricia

Vivian said...

It's all too easy to get talked into (tricked into / dragged into) volunteering our time and work for some worthy event, but it is definitely worthwhile in the end. That is a LOT of hours for one project. Any step that someone else can help do?
Thank goodness you have that many weeks till the event.

Cornfield Quilter said...

All I can say is "WOW"!!!

Shirleymac said...

I never thought of how many hours it would take to make 125 of them. Wow - geez is right. But I agree once they're all done it will feel good to have donated your time. Plus your own daughters get to take part in the ball with Jim and that's awesome.

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

Wow... that is a lot of work but what wonderful little gifts for all those girl. You are so good to do this for them... what a sweet lady you are.

Shutterbugs said...

Wow...what a fabulous project! and fabulous you for taking so much of your time! They are beautiful!

Pat from FL and MI said...

Angela, these are beautiful! What a wonderful idea. The Purity Ball idea is wonderful too! So many young girls are all caught up in how they look on the outside.

Vesuviusmama said...

You are such a gem to do that for them. I enjoy what you come up with for them each year. There's a special place in heaven for those who give so freely...