One of my fondest memories of my own mother was all the crafting she did to make me lovable things. She made me pajamas, toys, and blankets that not only came straight from her old clothes but more importantly came straight from her heart. So now it's my turn. Finally.
First, I made my daughter this sac dress from an old skirt of mine. It's about the easiest thing you could possibly sew for a little girl. You literally just need a rectangle of fabric and some ribbon.
1) Just sew the sides of the rectangle together up until the sleeve area and then finish the seams of the sleeve openings.
2) Sew the top of the rectangle leaving room to thread a ribbon through.
3) Scrunch up the fabric to make the neckline and then sew the edges to hold tight. Then hem.
This is so easy my daughter will be wearing these until college, or until I get through all the scraps of fabric I have lying around.
1) Lay several strands of yarn on top of each other. Use a styrofoam ball as a base for the head.
2) Place ball in center of your pile of yarn strands. Wrap around ball and tie at base of ball after spreading our yarn around the sides of the ball.
3) Split up the yarn strands below the ball and braid into 8 legs.
Finally, Harry the Dirty Dog is one of my favorite kids books. I have been reading this to my daughter since birth and she seems to have the same enthusiasm for this little rascal dog. She can't stop cracking up when she sees the book cover and so I had to make a little pillow for her to grab on to. Instead of trying to shove the book in her mouth, she can now at least cuddle with the pillow.
2) Sew around the pillow and stuff.
Of course, this warms my heart more than my daughter's right now as she is still too young to know that I made these, but the hope is that she will cherish these things someday. It feels good to just be a mom. I am taking a break from the labels of surrogacy and donor egg and just being me. All the drama of biology, genes, blood, heredity, fertility, uterus, womb, blah blah blah. These days I am just seeing how much of myself I am already giving.