I saw a pic on Pinterest a year ago of a "Singer Sew Girl" (pic on left) made from an old Singer Sewing Machine Oil can, she's quite the looker! Button earrings, thimble hat, and stylish socks and shoes! I loved her! The link that is on the Pinterest page (www.paraperamarket.blogspot.com) for this beauty goes to a site that is written in a language I don't know - maybe Russian? After searching for the picture and hoping for some kind of tutorial, I found nothing and gave up - you might have better luck.
Since I happened to have two old Singer Sewing Machine Oil cans (with oil still in them!) I decided I would make my own Sew Girls! I gathered what supplies I could from my stash but I didn't have any blocks with letters so I had to make a run to the shops. After visiting two toy stores and not finding any blocks, I gave up and purchased a kids bracelet kit that had wooden letters and that's the only thing I bought! Everything else came from my sewing room - it pays to be a Level One Hoarder! Three glue sticks and an hour later - my Quilting Friends were born!
She's a beauty, no? And before you say, "Who in their right mind would want one of those?!?" I know plenty of quilters who are not in their right mind and I'm sure they'd want one of these!! At least, that's the theory I'm going with because I made this one to give as a gift at my quilt group Christmas exchange party!! I also included a few other things, just in case whoever gets my gift doesn't have an appreciation, err, an eye for art! (This kind of thing is my favorite kind of gift to give - it serve no purpose except to make one smile. Even if it's a pity smile. A smile is a smile, right?)
**Update: If you want to make your own Quilting Friend, you don't necessarily need to use an oil can, one of my readers suggested using a large spool of thread - now that would be great! I did not empty the oil from the can, I just sealed the top with glue so it wouldn't come out. I think the pic of one that was my inspiration probably drained the oil and poked holes in the can for dowels so the spools were threaded on them. I just didn't see the need for that, hot glue worked great and I had no where to put the drained oil!
Time to head back into the fray...the clock is ticking - the grandkids arrive in two days - Santa comes in less than a week - and the mister has already begun his annual tranformation into The Grinch. Merry Freakin' Christmas!