When Mr TMW asks me to sew for him, it's usually something out of the ordinary - nothing fancy or grand, but a practical item which he will use a lot. The two most recent are his hat sweatband and reducer, and arm protectors, both for the garden. I asked readers to tell me the strangest project that they had ever sewn and today I'm going to show them to you.
Carole, from the blog From My Carolina Home, was asked by her husband to turn a pillowcase and bed cover into a wall hanging for his garage. The helmet was originally on the pillowcase, and the body was the bedspread.
This is the perfect wall hanging for a garage. So much better than the calendars that men sometimes have in their garages! In case you haven't heard of him, the Stig appears in the British motoring show, Top Gear.
Kathy, from Running with Rocket, made a chalk bag for her son to use when he is rock climbing. The bag hangs off his belt, staying open while he climbs, so he can dip his hands in as needed. When finished, the bag cinches tight.
Barbara, from At Home by the Baye, was asked by her minister son to make a prayer kneeling pad. She's even incorporated a zipper for ease of removing the denim cover, and a layer of Pellon for extra comfort.
Rochelle, from eSheep Designs, fashioned a winch cover for her husband, using three store bought covers as the base. The store bought covers were too small to fully cover the winch, and so Rochelle modified them to form the one cover.
She even made a second cover as a spare!
I'm quite confident that no one will ever ask me to make an airplane cockpit cover, like Kathy has. Her husband wanted to buy a cover for their plane, but Kathy volunteered to make one instead.
There's no such thing as a pattern for a cockpit cover, so Kathy borrowed a friend's cover to make her own pattern. It took her all Winter to make, but she saved a lot of money.
Kathy, from Running with Rocket, has also made a luggage bin for another airplane. Guess what's stored in there - airplane stuff like oil cans and rags.
Six out of the ordinary sewing projects - whether they were made as a custom item, or to save money, they are not what you think of when you imagine sewing. Well, not me anyway.
Let's face it though, our ordinary, everyday sewing skills come in very handy. Well done, ladies!!! I am super impressed by your out of the ordinary sewing projects.