So, tomorrow is St George’s Day and at 2.40 this afternoon my daughters school sent out a text message to say that any Beavers, Rainbows, Brownies etc are free to wear their uniforms instead of school uniform… With full badges!
This created 2 panics….
1) where were all of her badges that still needed sewing on? (all of them in fact!)
2) how the hell was I going to actually sew them on to her T-shirt?
As a child I learnt to sew in home economics, I even made a pencil case with my name stitched on it with flowers, but that was in my ‘days with sight’ era. Not now.
Being an ever resourceful mum, I do have a full sewing box, with pins, every colour of thread imaginable and even spare buttons, hence to say its content was completely undisturbed.
First to thread the needle…
It took several attempts to even get the end with the eye in it, I’m glad to say my fingers are quite thick skinned as they sustained a few injuries this evening. My kit actually came with a funning looking needle threader, but that just confused me. So I doubled the length of thread, triple knotted the loose ends and proceeded to spend the next 14 minutes to get it on the needle, a good bit of spit and I was ready to go.
Placing the badges…
Anyone who knows me will confirm that when I do things, I pride myself that they are done right, so the next 24 minutes were spent arranging the badges, lining them up, putting them into a vague remembered date order and pinning them in
Let the sewing begin….
The first stitch was nerve wrecking, but thankfully the badges were very good quality and had a lovely thick raised edge, so once I started, I stopped having to look and was able to slowly and steadily sew the first badge in place, purely by feeling the edging of the badge itself.
I was off…… It was great to feel a real sense of achievement tiling this, with only a few hiccups, like sewing on a badge before Realising I had pinned it upside down!
My sewing effort is by no means perfect, but it is done. My daughter can now wear her Rainbows uniform tomorrow with pride and be able to share each of her badge achievements with her class mates.
Ok, so she won’t understand the blood, tears and expletives that went into it.
But I will, and that matters.