Friday, March 27, 2009

I Dare You

Jon and I are doing the Love Dare book from the movie Fireproof. One of the days you are to buy your spouse a thoughtful gift. I made my gift to Jon--do you think I will get extra credit or a pass when its a hard challenge???
Jon has to wear safety glasses upon entering the building at his work. His safety glasses live on the dash of the van. Every Sunday on the way to Church as he turns a corner, I'm catching his safety glasses. I actually couldn't find a case that would be open enough, I knew he wouldn't want to mess with an open/close case. So inspiration was born!
I cut a pocket from old carpenter jeans with the seat fabric still attached.
To firm it up I used an ice cream bucket lid cut to size. (we all know I have extras of those)
I stuffed the cut plastic in to the pocket and then stitched the pocket closed.
(I did use an industrial sewing machine that I borrowed from Jon's brother Dave.)
I cut a piece of denim from the same pair of jeans for the back of the case.
I cut that piece the same size at the pocket bottom,
but smaller by about 3/4 of an inch on each side at the top.
This is so it stays open.
I cut it longer than the pocket, the excess is towards the opening.
I then sewed that piece onto the back of the pocket.
Last I folded the excess fabric over and hot glued a hem in it.

Total sew time was about 3 minuets, it took longer to heat the hot glue gun than it did to sew it.
I thought Jon would Velcro it to the dash but he tucked it in the corner by the windshield and it stays put.

A small labor of love, Jon loves it,
he thinks I should mass produce them!
I have been gifted some chocolate and an African Violet (to replace the one that died when our furnace went out when we were gone over Christmas). He sure knows how to flatter and woo me! FYI I won't be taking a pass. I'm lovin' this challenge and would not want to miss out on one single blessing! I would highly recommend the movie and the book, actually I dare you!


Tessa Nelson said...

You are so smart w/ coming up w/ things like that, just like my mom! Great idea:)

Barb said...

We started the book yesterday. I got a dafodil plant and it wasn't even the gift day! Perhaps you should go into mass production. But then Jon's gift wouldn't be as special.

DayPhoto said...

What a cute idea! Now take the pocket, put straps on it and lace and beads and stuff and sell them on an etsy store site for little girls to carry thier lipstick and stuff in.

If I could sew, that is what else I would do.


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abroadermark said...

Great idea, Jody! I haven't seen the movie Fireproof (didn't even know about it), but, thanks to your post, I will. It sounds like a good one - something that's hard to find these days.

sewtakeahike said...

What a great idea! I love the way you recycled the ice cream lid!

Suzanne said...

That is so cool! BTW, the Farmer and I also watched Fireproof. I was amazed when, after a big party we recently hosted, I found him cleaning up and doing dishes. It was a wonderful gesture.

This is a very clever project. I'm going to try it myself. BTW, you can get an industrial strength sewing machine on Ebay quite reasonably. Mine is from the 1950's and is solid cast iron. I could run over it with a truck and it will still sew! No fancy stitches though..... :>(

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife