I used to make all Grandma Weaver sewing projects. Unfortunately, they were mostly clothes and it showed.
I've learned to be more discriminating in my sewing approaches. There is the Rebecca Way, where I use pins and an iron at every step, marking all pattern pieces before I start construction. It produces fine, fine garments (for example).
Then there is the Grandma Weaver Way for things that don't show so much. . . little sewing projects for the kids that soon are forgotten or run to pieces in the back yard. . . diaper soakers. . .cloth bags for quilt storage. . . you get the picture.
Today's exhibit is a Grandma Weaver project. I added a layer of not-quite-long-enough fabric to my ironing board cover. I flopped the cover right on top of the fabric and cut around it (no tracing, oh no). I pieced the fabric to make it long enough (the iced tea glasses go two different ways now) and added a strip of red picnic tablecloth for fun. I pinned nothing - I pulled at it and eyeballed it instead and stitched it right on top. Underneath, I jerked bunches of fabric tighter with those ironing board elastics.
I'm a little astonished at how respectable it looks. . . .and very pleased that I used fabric on hand (not too beloved! not light - must look good with turquoise walls) to gain some more time with an old ironing board cover that had a hole worn in it.
p.s. And thanks to Sarah's post for the definition inspiration!