Last year when we moved to our new town we heard our family, friends and neighbors getting ready for the Kane County Fair. Having never participated in a fair before I had no idea what that entailed.
This year we decided to jump in with both feet!
Each of the kids have been "raising" their very own pig, Hunter will also be submitting his rooster's and each of our kids will submit a project. Each project will be judged and given a ribbon, some projects judged will earn a small cash prize!
Of course each of my kids are hoping that their project will be one of the ones given the small cash prize. For months now we have been searching for something "different". Something that we didn't see at the fair last year or other fairs we've been to. We want something that will catch the eyes of the judge to hopefully earn that cash prize. At the same time it needs to be something the kids can do completely by themselves or with very minimal amount of help from mom and dad. I want their projects to be there's not ours!
After much debating Madelyn chose to make a recycled Kool-Aid bag with a coin purse. Several weeks ago we bought a few boxes of Kool-Aid and the kids have slowly been drinking them and saving the bags for this project.
Earlier this week Madelyn rinsed all the bags and got them clean for us to start her project. This afternoon we pulled out the sewing machine, had a quick reminder of sewing machine safety, and began. Not being able to pin the bags together because it would show the holes I taped the bags to help keep them straight for her to sew on.
I sat right next to her as she sewed each bag together, one by one.
She was so happy to see it coming together. She's a bit of a perfectionist as she was getting mad at herself when her stiches weren't straight. I kept reminding her that practice makes perfect!
After a few hours we were finally done!
The finished project!
I made a mistake. I should have had her sew the handles on to the bag before sewing both sides of the bag together but.... I forgot! After a bit of struggling I ended up sewing the handles to the bag but other than that she pretty much made this by herself! I'm proud of her. I've let her help me sew a bit here and there and Grandma did a sewing project with her last year and now this year at Grandma's Cousin Camp but that's been it. This was definetly her 1st real sewing project that she's had with mom just sitting by her side! Good job, Madlelyn!
We've got about 3 weeks now before the fair. It's great to know we've got one project down, now just 3 more to go.