So cute!! It's amazing what we moms can come up with at the last minute. Do kids still read the "Where's Waldo" books?
I had to come up with a Waldo costume at the last minute. Luckily, he had a red striped t-shirt. I took a white knitted cap and knitted a row of red into it, put no-lens glasses on him and a backpack. Everybody knew who he was.
To this day, the smell of wallpaper paste makes me queasy, because I papered a room while pregnant.
I had all-day, every-day sickness for 3 1/2 months, but I found that a chocolate ice-cream soda in the evening tasted really good. I'd drink off the liquid and give my husband the ice cream. Milk, Coke, coffee, all made me sick, so I switched to Dr. Pepper, but I threw up DP so much that I couldn't drink it for years afterward.
Don't be surprised if you find yourself eating only one kind of food for days. (Mine was mashed potatoes and gravy from KFC.) Then you might find that the same food sounds terrible the next day.
It's small comfort, but feeling sick means that your body has enough of a certain hormone that you need for the baby.
I like to reuse/recycle wherever possible. I made a quilted tote bag and used part of an old mattress pad between the two layers of fabric. It gave it a thicker look, and the fact that the mattress pad already had the polyester fill between two layers of fabric made it easier to handle.
If you think that's too thick, you could Wonder Under some lining fabric of any thickness you like to the main fabric.
I have made several reversible purses/totes, and I put a long rectangle of flexible plastic in the bottoms to make them stiff and easy to flip to the other side. I used a plastic placemat that cost about 30 cents--cut it up to fit. I rounded off the corners so they wouldn't poke through the fabric.
I used two-sided carpet tape to hold the plastic.
When I used up the placemat, I was looking around for something and found the temporary dealer's tag from my son's new car. It was thick enough, but flexible and easy to cut.
I was trying not to spend anything on the purses, except for purchased handles, because I was using up scraps, so I felt like using the license tag made it extra thrifty. If you wash the bags, the carpet tape may let go, but the plastic wouldn't be hurt and could probably be pushed back into place.
I still have two china markers from an office in the 70s. One of the secretaries needed one, and we had to order a whole box. The box with 3 missing is probably still sitting in their supply closet. I use china markers for labeling plastic food containers or when I need to mark on glass like Christmas ornaments. I've only used about half of each, so I'll probably will them to my grandchildren.
In '93, a company I worked for changed names and was throwing out stacks of expensive, white address labels, the peel and stick kind. I brought them all home and cut off the top inch with the name. I've used them for address labels, as well as making special photo stickers. I'm down to the last few, sigh. (I hated to think of them wasted in a landfill.)
My husband works for a paper company, but I still buy printer paper.
You probably need to take it to a sewing machine place and let them tune it up for you, and they can explain what everything is, but it's going to cost to do this. I had my old blackhead Singer refurbed a year or so ago and it cost $75.
Maybe you could find the manual on ebay. The up and down lever you ask about is the stitch reverse. Up, it backstitches, down, it stitches forward.
I think the round knob with numbers is your stitch width for zig-zag.
Are you sure the manual would cost $20? I found a Singer manual copy from singer.com for a 50s machine, but I don't think it cost that much.
Kenmores are usually pretty good machines, so if you're thinking of starting to sew again, and there's nothing major wrong with it, it might be worth fixing.
I remember making these back in the early 60s. I think the instructions somebody posted were pretty much the way we did. We folded plastic bags accordian style and made pom-poms--bit ones for the head and body and little ones for the legs.
I thought I was the only person who remembered these things. I wish I remembered more, but mostly I remember buying blue plastic bags from the dry cleaner for about a penny each.