Saturday, September 24, 2011

What You First See Is Not What You Might See Later

Ever look at something and not see what was plain as the nose on your face and not see it until it is pointed out to you and then every time after that you wonder why you didn’t see it the first time you looked at it?
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My last post was about all the fleece throws I made for my family for Christmas.  What I didn’t tell you was the boo-boo I made buying fleece for my two sons in law.  I found this great black and white print that I thought would work for them and since I was having trouble finding “man” looking fabric with a print I thought this would do as it wasn’t flowery and in black and white was pretty graphic.

The bolts of fleece are pretty wide so I didn’t unroll it to have a better look – just took it up to the cutting table and had the gal cut 4 yards, 2 pieces in two yard lengths.  One fleece throw for each of the two guys.  As the clerk was folding it up after cutting it she said, “Oh those skulls are sure different.”

“Skulls?” I said.  That was when I really looked at the fabric and wouldn’t you know there were skulls on it.   How could I have not seen them before?  Don’t you think the fabric is almost disguising the skulls?IMG_4632
Since I had already had it cut off I had to take it, didn’t even ask since it was a big liquidation sale and I had asked the clerk to cut off the pieces.  I thought at the time it would be fine but after I got it home and the more I thought about it I decided I just couldn’t make blanket throws for my sons in law with this fabric.  I didn’t know what they would think of a skull blanket/throw made and given to them by their mother in law.  I purchased red and blue fleece the next time I was there and now that will be for the guys gifts, probably a much better choice.

Well I now have 4 yards of this stuff and not sure what I am going to do with it.   Maybe I should give it to someone for a Halloween gift.  Any other ideas?

Lynn

16 comments:

Elaine Adair said...

Jeeesh! Who knew?

You can make large floor pillows for the high school or college crow - they would absolutely LOVE them!!!

Betty Lou said...

I am thinking Halloween----maybe a large cape.

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

That's funny. I don't always notice things like that either. Maybe you can donate it to Project Linus for the teen boys. Skulls are very popular with the boys right now.

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

I see owls, LOL! I think it is just fine for a boy {espiecially an older one, over 10}.
~Kimberlee

Anonymous said...

Honestly, I say make pillows, or throws, or anything out of it...turn it upside down and no one would ever know it is skulls :)

Anonymous said...

Can you use it inside a quilt as batting?

julianne said...

The style of the skull looks like the kind used on the Mexican Day of the Dead- very stylized, decorative.

I'm in southern California and found your crocheted edging for fleece post- that is super. I have a couple I will do like that- we don't need double thicknesses out here, and I don't like the knotted edge.
Happy Holiday!

CoCo MoCo said...

I'd take it off your hands! :) My husband LOVES skulls having spent 2 years in Mexico and as a previous comment said, the Day of the Dead style is his favorite.
Anyway, if you have a Paypal account, I'm sure we could work something out if you haven't already found a use for them.
Thanks,
Colette

Susie said...

you could make blankets to use while passing out halloween candy!

Anonymous said...

cut the fleece into strips, right through the middle of the skulls, alternate the direction of the strips, add a solid in between and make a striped blanket!

jannwebb said...

Trim it in pink and you've got a great gift for any little girl who loves Monster High dolls!

Anonymous said...

I would probably use it as batting for a quilt.

skeeter@up.net said...

make fleece socks. We love them in our household.

Anonymous said...

I am dying to know what you did with that fabric because I LOVE it I would buy it off you. I love skulls and this would be a perfect blanket for me! email me at evileve2012@hotmail.com if you still have it

Anonymous said...

How about making trick or treating bags?

homespun1 said...

a wreath would be great. cut the material with pinking sheers and then poke into a styrafoam wreath and hang with black ribbon.

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