When I first started sewing (which wasn’t that long ago) I fell in love with all the adorable Melly and Me patterns that I saw everywhere I went. I seriously think I bought one of every animal pattern they make.
But then I was too scared to try them and put them all in a giant Ziploc bag and tucked them away in a drawer where they stayed until I just recently uncovered them.
And being no longer afraid. I got to work.
You can see that in the pattern they used adorable girl fabric. Me? I used some vintage fabric from my stash mixed with the legs of my old corduroy pants that I hacked up for the stripes. Then instead of the cute striped muzzled I chopped up an old wall hanging I bought at a thrift store for 50 cents.
Finally I added some vintage buttons and trim. Then a lonely old purse handle and viola! I finished my first Melly and Me project…kind of…it looks more like a thrift store find than a sweet Melly and Me project. But Grace loves it.
And it does look like our cat Bill. Which is what I wanted.
Grace loves Bill. Bill the girl cat. Bill the girl cat who we thought was boy cat until she had kittens. Until she had kittens fathered by our other cat Ted who split as soon as the kittens were born. Who split because he probably knew that Eddie Van Halen (the kitten we kept) would be evil and attack anything that moved and he wasn’t going to be responsible for dealing with that mess.
I made my first Melly and Me project. Yeah! And I’ve made more since but am choosing not to show you. If what I did with the cat bag was weird you wouldn’t believe what I did to their ridiculously adorable elephant pattern. (Really, you wouldn’t.) And I don’t want the Melly and Me girls to hunt me down and confiscate my patterns.
So in an effort to end this post let me just say hooray for patterns, hooray for Melly and Me, and hooray for my girl cat named Bill.