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Would you stop making a craft project, and take it apart again, if asked?

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PeterParkerSays Thu 11-Jul-13 09:59:30

I saw an idea for a sewing project on Pinterest, making a cushion out of an old t-shirt, Pinterest link or non-Pinterest version. I have a bean bag filled pillow that I sleep with, and DS (3) loves it, so I thought I'd make one for him out of a t-shirt.

I took a random t-shirt out of his wardrobe - worn so it's soft to the touch, not one of his favourites, and started sewing it: neckline and sleeves sewn up, old vest sewn inside it with arm / neck holes sewn up so I can put beanbag filling in the vest and toy filling around it, in the t-shirt to create a softer outer shell of filling.

DS happened to come into the room last night when I was sewing it, a few minutes before bedtime, and watched what I was doing. I'd told him about his cushion but it was the first time he'd seen it. When he was lying in bed, he told me that he didn't want the cushion, he wants his t-shirt back sad confused.

I've put off unravelling the stitching as DS was very tired last night so i'm not sure I trust his decision making skills then (he als said that he didn't like kisses, didn't want any more and cried when DH kissed him goodnight) but I don't know whether to ask him again tonight when I get home, and risk him asking me to unravel it, or to just make the cushion. DS does get a long red mark on his neck from the seatbelt when he falls asleep in the car, which the cushion would prevent , and we're going camping next month and I thought it'd be nice for him to have his own cushion in bed / to sit on / in his deckchair etc. It seems not.

Sorry, this has turned into a bit of an epic post, but would you unravel the cushion and give DS his shirt back, or keep going with it regardless. I don't want to have to buy another t-shirt and use that instead because it was supposed to be a cheap craft, reusing what we already have in the house.

Judyandherdreamofhorses Thu 11-Jul-13 10:01:42

I'd keep going, for sure. He'll grow out of his t shirt soon anyway.

I misread this at first and thought your DH was having ant shirt tantrum.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 11-Jul-13 10:04:19

Maybe he thinks he won't be able to use yours anymore? Why don't you give him yours that he loves and you have the t shirt one?

Judyandherdreamofhorses Thu 11-Jul-13 10:09:45

A t shirt tantrum, I meant.

PeterParkerSays Thu 11-Jul-13 12:06:59

Neo this thread neatly outlines why I don't want to give DS my cushion. It's mine, I've had it longer than he's been alive, and he can't have everything of mine (cushions, ice cream, crispy bits of bacon etc) that he fancies just because I'm his mum and therefore fair game.

My cushion is bigger than a 3-4 t-shirt cushion would be, and I don't want to trade down sizewise. [sulk emoticon]

CajaDeLaMemoria Thu 11-Jul-13 12:11:48

I'd buy a new tshirt to make into a pillow.

Get a cheap one from Asda or something, it'll cost a quid or so.

I understand that you don't want to buy one because it's cheaper this way, but you also don't want to give him your cushion, and he didn't get a choice between the tshirt or a pillow.

I'd buy a bigger tshirt, too, because he will no doubt want a big one like you when he sees it.

Just my opinion though.

fossil971 Thu 11-Jul-13 12:57:29

3 year olds are not the most rational of creatures . They get attached to things only when there is a threat of losing them. In hindsight maybe you should have jointly chosen a T shirt to make the cushion so he had "buy-in" to the project (sorry, icky business speak!). I would try to give him a pep talk about how super special his cushion will be and what other brilliant T shirts he has to choose from etc etc. If he loves that T shirt so much how brilliant he can keep it for ever as a cushion rather than grow out of it. Who's the boss here? grin

I feel for you though my DS would have been just the same. Any old thing <wails> It's my FAaaavourite. I have to smuggle outgrown clothes out of his cupboard.

CajaDeLaMemoria Thu 11-Jul-13 12:58:50

I was just thinking that by this afternoon he'll probably want the cushion anyway.

fossil971 Thu 11-Jul-13 13:08:20

Yes, what happened in the end? I'm sure he wants the cushion but won't know it until the finished thing's in front of him.

PeterParkerSays Thu 11-Jul-13 14:41:25

I don't know yet Fossil, he had a lie-in this morning so I won't get chance to ask him whether he wants the pillow until tonight.

Dingle Thu 11-Jul-13 15:29:52

I'd carry on with the cushion and tell him he can help choose a new t-shirt to wear next time you go shopping.

That way he really cannot lose! winkwink

PeterParkerSays Fri 12-Jul-13 08:40:09

Ds asked to see my "whirring machine" last night, so I showed him the sewing machine, and the t-shirt on top "that I'm making into a cushion for you". DS shouted "no cushion" grabbed the t-shirt and ran for the door holding it to his chest! I expalined that he could have it back to wear, but I'd need to unpick it first.

He saw the t-shirt on the side in my room again this morning and asked if it wasready to wear, which it isn't because I was out last night. I said I'd unpick it for him, but would he still like a t-shirt cushion. He said he did, and we went to his wardrobe where he picked out a plain blue t-shirt to use instead sensible fossil971. I have to get some mid-blue thread over the weekend to use, but at least I can reuse the vest insert bit and just sew up another t-shirt to go around it.

Will post a picture when it's finished.

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