Pigs are officially flying over my house today.
I have been sewing for 10 years, and not once has my husband entered into my studio to help me work. Sure, I may ask him his opinion of fabric choice on occasion, as he happens to have an excellent eye for color. But to actually help me sew? Not once. Ever.
Until this past weekend.
The Day I Taught my Husband How To Cut Out a Pattern
(And what I learned / remembered about teaching an absolute beginner)
Let’s start at the beginning.
Why was my husband helping me sew?
Our life has been extra crazy lately. We are currently undergoing house renovations, and have also lost our long-time babysitter / nanny to a career in nursing. While both of these are GREAT, they have left us a bit scattered lately trying to do all-the-things. Add to that soccer season with all 3 kids playing, end of school-year activities, piano recitals, and birthday season – yeah. Just yeah.
So when our daughter said she wanted a bowling party for her birthday this year – we were sold. Outside of the house, which means no mess to clean up – boom, done. For a theme, she drew a lovely unicorn…bowling. Awesome.
A UNICORN BOWLING PARTY.
I mean, why not – right? It totally rocks. So we made copies of her fabulous picture, and included it with all of the birthday party invites. Naturally with something this mind-blowingly awesome, I had to do MORE.
So I took her unicorn picture and had custom fabric made from Spoonflower, and turned it into a skater birthday party dress. And then I went a step even further than that, and ordered shirts for the entire family to wear…
Because the family that
acts like dorks together has fun together, stays together.
But our family couldn’t be the ones that got to have all the unicorn fun. Naturally, all of her guests needed to be unicorns too. So unicorn horns for all were in order.
And THIS is where Greg comes in.
He knew I was stressing about the work week coming up, and being able to find the time to make all of the unicorn horns. So this past weekend, he offered to help! What would’ve taken me 5 – 6 hours, took about half the time thanks to him.
I used my free unicorn horn pattern, and we got to work.
What I remembered about teaching an absolute beginner.
1. They really do need a lot of hand holding.
My husband is a smart man, in fact he is the smartest man I know. And I am not simply saying that because I am married to him, I truly believe that. So when I gave him a pattern to cut, and told him to simply cut around it – I was shocked when he needed additional guidance.
2. Don’t just give them a pattern and walk away.
I had to not only cut out the pattern, but lead by example. Showing him how to use the rotary cutter, how to hold the paper pattern on top of the fabric, and how to hold the ruler in place.
Could he have done this all on his own? Probably. But why did he want me to show him specifically? Because he is a perfectionist, and wanted to do it RIGHT. (One horn accidentally had a jagged edge, and asked if he needed to recut the whole thing.) So taking the time to walk through the process in it’s entirety is worth the effort.
3. What comes naturally / easy to us, terrifies a beginner.
A rotary cutter? Awww heeeeellll no. Pass the scissors please. Threading a sewing machine? Whaaaaaaat? Can you do that for me? Things we do all of the time, the basic steps that we assume everyone knows – is absolutely the equivalent of a foreign language to someone who has never entered a sewing studio before. So be gentle.
I know those are basic tips. But they really did catch me off guard. By the end of 2 hours or so, I had 15 unicorn horns made and we are ready to party this upcoming weekend!
My husband has never looked sexier to me than the day he helped me sew 15 unicorn headbands.
I don’t tell you this to brag, or make anyone feel worse about the fact that their husband has never helped them out and rolls their eyes when they want to go fabric shopping. Heck mine does that too! Like I said, it took him TEN years to step foot into my studio and offer a helping hand.
I tell you this because, unlike unicorns, things like this are REAL. It may be rare, but it can happen. When I was incredulous of what was going down and snapped a photo to commemorate the occasion, I believe his words were, “We are two united, and your burdens are my burdens.”
Sometimes just asking the unthinkable can result in miracles. He was in my studio helping me, because I asked for help. And while I certainly wasn’t teaching him how to sew on the machine – I knew he was capable of cutting out some felt triangles and circles.
I had never asked before. So perhaps it isn’t quite as miraculous as one would make it seem. Perhaps its just the fact that I had never asked before. And while I doubt it was the crowning achievement in my husband’s day, it certainly was a momentous occasion for me. Furthermore, my daughters got to see their Father helping their Mother in making crafts for their birthday party. A unicorn bowling birthday party.
I am pretty sure that means we are winning in this game of life.
How to make unicorn horns:
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…