Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Flannel Sheets and Sewing Machine Phobias

 The evenings are beginning to get chilly. 

Just the way I like it. 

I was so excited to find flannel sheets on sale at Target the other day.  I remember being a child and snuggling down under the flannel, a sure sign of good things to come.  With glee, I bought some and am thrilled to report, they actually stay on my bed! 

Now that may not sound like a great accomplishment to some of you, but I assure you, it is huge!  For the past three and a half years I have been at war with my sheets.  They always come off.  I would wake up several times in the night (mostly because of kids) and with annoyance, have to pull the corners back down, or else I would be rewarded with sleeping on the cold mattress by morning.  Having pretty flannel sheets (they are turquoise!) that stay on the bed really makes me never want to leave it.  And the amount of warmth they give is astounding.  I am reveling in the joy of the change of the seasons all over again. 

However, I do want to know why top sheets are not made for toddler beds?  When I found my sheets I wanted Keith to have the same joy of flannel, but could not find any for his toddler bed.  Then I began to wonder why there are no top sheets for toddler beds either.  I just don't get it.  Do top sheets begin at twin beds for some reason?  And why not have flannel top and bottom sheets for toddlers?  They get just as cold as the rest of us. 

Moving along, material has been purchased and birthday gifts are under way.  I am a trifle excited to try this, but terribly nervous.  Can you force craftiness?  I desperately want to be a crafty person.  I love their homes.  Always decorated with the cutest things, and so inviting and warm.  In order to have a jealousy inducing home, I do attempt the craft.  Can't say I have had a whole lot of success yet.  But I am working on it.  That said, the sewing machine terrifies me.  I don't know why but it always has.  Like Calvin and his bicycle.

I admire and envy people who can whip things out in a trifle, but for me, the sewing machine is my Goliath.  So, I am attempting to slay him (Goliath, not the machine) by working on hand made gifts for the kiddos.  When I finish I will post the project. Cross your fingers that I can triumph, and learn that sewing machine before it kills me, as is my deep dark fear.  You think I am joking.  I assure you, I am not.  I get serious anxiety when I see that machine.  Wish me luck!

10 comments:

Veronica said...

I had flannel sheets once it I was too warm, maybe a lighter flannel?!

We need new sheets in the worst way, though never have trouble keeping our fitted sheets on, but the flat sheet is annoying if it becomes untucked!

Alex's bed toddler sheets came with a top sheet, but we don't use it, might have to now that it's colder!

Love Calvin and Hobbes! My favorite comic strip of all time!

As for the sewing machine, good luck! A friend from church gave me hers and I haven't sewed anything since home ec in the 6th grade. I'm very scared of the thing. In fact it's banished to the garage for the moment though it taunts me every time I get in the van!

Can't wait to see what you come up with as far as gifts for the kids :)

Sue said...

I really understand fear of the sewing machine. At least you have some come rudimentary skill with it...I can't work one at all!

So good luck with your sheets. Maybe you can make some extra cash selling them in the youth bed size. I always wanted some, too. It's needed in the marketplace!

=)

mub said...

Once you get the hang of it, I bet you and your sewing machine will be the best of friends!

If you ever move to Europe, make sure to bring about 10 top sheets because they DO NOT EXIST here!

Gina said...

Good luck! I literally cannot sew on a button so I feel your pain!

Noodle said...

You can do it!!! Once you get the hand of sewing its a snap... Every time I do a new project I find an easier way or a way to make it look more professinal... I'm making home made gifts this year too...
The sheat story makes me laugh becasue right now Sammy has no sheats on her bed... Every time I put sheats on her bed she rips them off... So i just stoped putting them on for a while... Maybe its time to give them back to her hum we'll see...

Lourie said...

I love my flannel sheets!

Why don't they make top sheets for toddler beds?? None of my kids use sheets. What the heck?

We are kindred souls. I too, fear the sewing machine. Good luck.

Chantel said...

Alicey's toddler bed has a top sheet. It came with her set. I like it because the bottom corners are fitted but the top are flat so it stays in place better.

Chris and Francisca Hakes said...

Lets just review the obvious, you are 10x more crafty than I will ever be and if I can sew birthday outfits for the twins you can whip WHATEVER YOU WANT on the sewing machine :) I have total faith in you!

As for the tot sheet dilemma, yes it drives me crazy We have tons of fitted sheets from his crib days but can find no top sheets. It is a conspiracy!!!!

Jenny said...

Amy, you can do it! See if there is a beginners sewing class by where you live.

You don't have to become a blue ribbon quilter. Just learn the basics. And then you can make top sheets for those beds quick as a wink.

Em said...

I used LOVE flannel sheets. Now I can't stand sheets that are warm. Apparently, living in a basement changes where my temp is comfortable. And 71 with flannel sheets make me feel like I'm in an amazon jungle.