Vacation and Fancy Patches

I’m back from my vacation. 

We spent a couple of days in San Francisco, which was a great, low-key way to start our adventure.  Last time we were there I didn’t realize you don’t just get tickets to Alcatraz the day you arrive, you get them at least two weeks BEFORE.  I was ready this trip, and had tickets in hand over a month ago. If you’ve never been, nothing will make you appreciate your freedom more.  Just stepping into one of those creepy cells made me claustrophobic.

 We also took a bus tour of the city, which I highly recommend.

We had a great time on our excursions into Mexico.  We spent time driving dune buggies, horseback riding, zip-lining and shopping.  Oh, the shopping.

We had never been on a cruise before and I see why people always refer to it as your “first” cruise.  It could definitely be addicting.  They do an excellent job of helping you forget about the outside world and all of your responsibilities in it.  It’s an ugly sight when you pull into port and everyone realizes they’re about to disembark back to reality.

But school has started, it’s raining and vacation is over.  It’s time to admit no one is going to cook for me or keep me entertained.  No more stateroom ninjas, making our bed and changing our towels in the two seconds we were out of the room. 

I just found out that September is National Sewing Month, so that almost makes me feel a little better.  I did a simple sewing project for my daughter before we left, so it seems like a good time to share it.  I did this with a pair of shorts, but it could just as easily be done with a pair of jeans.  For the shorts I used ordinary cotton fabric, but if I were going to do it on long pants I think I’d go with some home dec or denim, as there would be a little more strain on them.

The shorts I used already had holes in them, but you could certainly cut your own. 

Besides the shorts, you’ll need some iron-on adhesive, patch fabric, embroidery floss and a sewing machine.

Cut a piece from the fabric that’s about 1/2″ bigger than the hole in all directions.  Fold the edges in toward the right side of the fabric 1/4″ and press.  Cut strips of the iron-on adhesive 3/8″ wide and as long as each side.  Attach the adhesive to the fabric on the right side, overlapping the edges.

Peel off the paper backing and iron onto the wrong side of the shorts, the right side of the patch facing the hole.

Stitch around the patch on the sewing machine close to the edge of the hole, with thread to match the shorts. 

Hand-stitch around the hole with embroidery floss, about 1/4″ away from the hole.

These shorts went on vacation with us, but thanks to the lovely weather we came home to they probably won’t see the light of day until next June.

I’m okay with that.  We had an amazing time and have some priceless memories with our kids.  I think what I’ll miss most is the towel creature on my bed every night.

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