January 21, 2017 was an AMAZING day.
Did you attend a March? I went to the one in Hartford, Connecticut.
Did you make any of the pussyhats? I managed to knit 3 and sewed dozens!
This was my first time practicing craftivism and I found it extremely empowering. I had hoped to knit many of the pussyhats, but with a toddler it took a day to knit just one. I wanted to get this powerful symbol out in huge quantities. I needed to mass produce in order to meet the high demand. I embraced my sewing machine.
I just learned to sew last year and was a bit unsure if I could really do much with my limited skills. But what some might call stubbornness, I call determination and so off I went to get pink fleece and thread. Shopping for this project was so much fun! I got so many different prints besides the solid don’t-look-straight-at-it-for-long-or-your-eyes-might-bleed neon pink. My favorite was the Hello Kitty print, which was a bit more expensive than the rest, but the little girl (along with the snarky adult) in me couldn’t resist it.
For the sake of efficiency, most of my sewing happened between 8pm to midnight. I started out doing one by one from beginning to end. Quickly I realized that I needed a better system and so i I did it in steps. I cut all the fabric one night with my large cutting mat and adjustable height table (an awesome Christmas gift from my husband). Used an entire spool of thread to fill four bobbins. Started using only 3 pins for the sides: two for the bottom corners and another for one of the top corners. For the hem I just eyeballed the fold. I cut out a piece of cardboard with a 90degree angle to mark where I needed to sew the ears. And so it went. The first few came out a little wonky but eventually, with all the repetition, it got better and better.
I was working away on my sewing machine up until the night before the March. Those last 40 pussyhats didn’t have the ear sewn on. Instead I had a little help from my mom, who put little loom rubber bands on each corner to form the ears.
Overall I was very happy with my first act of craftivism. It has emboldened me to continue to use my crafty skills for a worthwhile cause.