National Sewing Month, where hast thou gone?
Today is September 30th, the last day of National Sewing Month, but I don’t have a tribute. It passed me by. I have no triumph to present, no crafty coup of which to boast. I blew it.
Sew Mama Sew wasn’t a slacker; that blog had a Super Online Community Match, which I began but didn’t get very far. I got some of the materials to make the first challenge, an A-line skirt, but it is still uncut and unsewn.
NationalSewingMonth.org had a contest, for which today is the deadline to enter. I blew that, too. The focus of this year’s contest was to Take Your Skills to a Higher Level. I have a tendency to stick to the basics, mostly. The items that I did manage to sew this month were pretty stock, pretty standard in my limited repertoire: 3 shopping bags, 2 1/2 nap-time pads, 2 baby blankets, 2 fleece blankets, replaced a missing button, and hemmed a pair of suit pants. Seems ignominious in the light of the 1982 proclamation by the President of the United States that
“Tens of millions of Americans sew at home. Their efforts demonstrate the industry, the skill and the self-reliance which are so characteristic of this Nation.”
On the Holiday Insights web site, the month of September, and various days within the month, are the subject of lots of bizarre and memorable holiday celebrations (but Sewing Month is not on their list.) Today is also the last day of Chicken Month, National Blueberry Popsicle Month, and Better Breakfast Month. Did you realize today is actually National Mud Pack Day? You still have time to tie one on!
So as the last day of the glorious Sewing Month fades into midnight, I reflect on my own mediocre achievements, wondering if the effort is truly worth it. Of course, I hope that the recipients of my projects will be touched and pleased. But I fear that I miss the mark, and they would much prefer cash or gift card to exercise their own hunting and gathering prowess. The world today is so, so full of anything and everything a heart could desire. One need no longer “make it do, or do without” but may choose good, better, or best in any venue.
Modern-day Camelot style, from (can it really be?) fifty years gone by…