Today I thought, I can just make a table cloth for the side table in the study by hemming that piece of fabric that I got for a very reasonable price from my friend eBay. The fabric is lovely and, while I don't normally go for patterns, I went for this. One reason it was so spectacular inexpensive is because it is a second, the pattern has printed over the selvedge. I trimmed the selvedge (apparently it shrinks at a different rate to the rest of the fabric) as best as I could with the pattern overlaying part of it. However the piece is big enough that I can always cut away the hem and re-do it. I may have to anyway, as I am not sure that the thread matches the fabric - but that's another story.
As I was aware that there may be issues with the hems I decided to do a single hem and I handstitched (bear will not countenance me using the machine) very close to the fold so I got a good, crisp edge. The stitching was not to a high standard, but anyone coming in and checking the hem on the table cloth is likely to be mocked.
Then I thought I can just mitre the corners. I'm not showing any pictures of the mess I made of that. Regardless, this is how it turned out.
However while I was sewing this I realised that I didn't have a decent pincushion. I threw out the effort from the sewing class, but I thought confidently I can just make a pincushion out of a tie. Except the ties aren't really suitable. The one I unpicked was just too thin and silky, it would have been ripped to pieces by repeated use. So I used some of the rag denim waiting to be turned into the rag rug. As for stuffing, I thought I can just use some of the filling from the pillows that have been on the top shelf in father's room for over ten years. I used a long pole to knock them down because there was no way I could get to them and opened one up. The filling was extremely well packed. I really had to tug and tease to get the stuffing in a fit state to fill the pincushion. Finally I had this.
I thought I can just put a button in the middle so that it looks all puffy and professional. I couldn't. I think I put too much stuffing in so that trying to sew a button each side didn't pull it in and I didn't think the soft cotton thread was strong enough to wrap around and bind it. However it will be ideal for holding pins and needles during a project.
Tonight I think I can just sit back and relax.