Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tally It Up!

The photo above is not my amateur attempt at abstract art.  Nope.  It is a photo of 40 little oven mitt loops.  Half the number I'll need for a new custom order for 80 (yes....EIGHTY!) oven mitts.  They'll be given to attendees at a bridal shower.  What a FUN project!!

I’ve been going a little crazy for the past two days trying to scrounge up 20 yards of discontinued fabric (the Plan A choice). Thankfully, because I knew it might be difficult (UNDERSTATEMENT!!) finding that many yards of discontinued fabric, my customer also chose a Plan B fabric.  So the final deal is 40 oven mitts in Plan A fabric, and 40 oven mitts in Plan B fabric. 

Not counting time spent searching for fabric, buying more supplies and Convo-ing my customer, I estimate it will take me 100 to 120 hours of prep and sewing time.  SO---for the next few Fridays I will be sending out a Tally It Up post –- to keep me motivated to stay on task with this project.  Hopefully, you’ll see growing stacks of oven mitts.

I’ll be off to a slow start – waiting for fabric shipments,  traveling to SD to attend my uncle’s funeral July 2-3, spending time with visiting grandkids July 4, and celebrating a grandson’s birthday two days later. So I’ll need to shift my trusty Janome sewing machine into high gear to stay on pace.   My goal for this week (given the travel and holiday) is to finish 20 mitts, with 30 the next week, and 30 the final week.

Have a great weekend!
Keep cool.

LeAnn aka pasqueflower


  1. Well, that certainly will be keeping you busy for a while! After finishing this order, I'm betting two things: 1) you'll be really efficient at sewing these mitts, and will probably have come up with some ways to save time; 2) you'll be wanting to work on other projects for a while afterwards!

    Good luck and have fun!

  2. Congrats on the big order! You'll be dreaming at night about finishing them I bet. : ) Enjoy!

  3. Congrats on this huge custom order! That is a very generous bridal shower gift. Best of luck with everything.

  4. What a great order. Congratulations.

  5. Holy Moly. That rocks!!! Hope your fingers dont fall off from sewing... and when all else fails... step AWAY from the glue gun LOL.

  6. From one small business owner who has had a huge order to another...GOOD LUCK :) You'll do awesome!

  7. Wow, LeeAnn, that is great! You can do it and I like the idea of the tally pics--what a good way to stay motivated and focused.

  8. Congratulations on the order! You are going to be a busy girl!

  9. What a neat favor!

    That looks hard, though!

  10. Congrats on the large custom order! Wishing you luck to stay on track :)
    And enjoy that family time too!

  11. Wow! That's awesome, LeAnn!
    Good luck with this project and staying motivated!