Many weeks ago, I pulled out my sewing machine to work on belated holiday gifts. I had a few other sewing projects in mind at the time as well as some the kiddos had dreamed up. I was energized and had a plan. With gusto I finished one of the family quilts. I was on a roll. And then I stopped. After a few days of inactivity, I put away the ironing board and iron. I left the sewing machine hoping it would remind me to sew. It didn't. Instead it just became one with the dining room table.
I kept making excuses. I didn't want to pull out the cutting mat and tracing paper. We were busy with other things. I didn't have time. Finally this week I shrugged off the excuses and did some sewing. I still didn't want to spend loads of time tracing and cutting. I just wanted a quick project to get me back on track. A few buckets seemed the perfect start.
With pirate skull fabric scraps that a friend had given me and a pair of Dave's old jeans, I set to work. The pirate fabric had already been cut into three sets of buckets. I pulled out some batting leftover from a quilt and set to work cutting the jeans. Benton sat on my lap while I sewed the buckets. They were super easy, and I had three in under an hour. My little helper immediately claimed two of the bags. The other was set aside as a gift.