My Secret Crafty Side

October 21, 2012

in Baby Evelyn, DIY & Crafts


Back when I was a little girl in the Soviet Union, consumer goods were scarce, resulting in crafting and DIY being as commonplace as outsourcing is in US today. Far from being a middle-class hobby, tackling small sewing projects was a matter of course, and I honestly don’t believe that there is a person of my exact background who doesn’t know how to replace an elastic in a pair of pants, hem a skirt, or fix small holes in socks, tights, and other clothing.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that whenever anyone wanted, say, a pretty rosette-shaped hair bow for a little girl, which spelled high-fashion at the time, it had to be made by hand, and I myself sewed more than a few starting with the age of eight.

Even though I now lead a considerably more prosperous life in US, I still fix holes in my kids’ clothes, socks, mittens, and tights religiously (note that the same cannot be said about my husband’s farm pants) and replace failed pant elastics. However, I had not crafted anything decorative in a very, very long time.

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That is, until last night.


You see, a recent conversation with my Russian emigre cousin unexpectedly filled me with intense nostalgia for my crafting days, and not being able to contain it, I decided to make a thing or two for my girls.


An infant headband seemed like a good place to start, and after a (not-so) quick trip to the store, I sat down and made this yesterday, staying up rather late to complete it because I am out of practice by a couple of decades, and because my technique predates labor-saving tools like hot-glue guns.


And while I don’t have or want a future as an Etsy merchant, I feel like I didn’t do half-bad.


It sure made one heck of a photo prop, don’t you think?


Because of the very basic nature of this, I didn’t need any kind of tutorial, relying solely on the finished-product vision in my mind and the muscle memory acquired back in the elementary school.

And I guess that makes me more of a crafter than I let on.


1 Julia October 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Beautiful head-band! You are so blessed to have such beautiful children! I also come from Russia and have been living in the USA (California) for seven years now. Reading your blog reminds me of my life back in Russia and fills me with sweet memories! Your English is amazing and your writing is style is very unique and witty! I just can’t believe all the things you do! You are truly an inspiration to all women!

2 Sofya October 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

It’s so sweet of you to say that!

3 anne October 23, 2012 at 11:31 am


4 debra November 5, 2012 at 11:21 am

Both the headband AND the model are adorable!

5 Sandi Olson December 4, 2012 at 11:43 pm

I Enjoyed reading a little about your life in Russia. Am new to this computer thing, but I wanted you to know how much i have enjoyed the bread recipe. thank you ! happy holidays to you and your family.

6 Sofya December 5, 2012 at 9:37 am

Thanks, Sandi!

7 April February 26, 2013 at 9:53 pm

I do something similar using 4in piece of satin material. Fold in half down the length and sew a straight stitch near the edge. Tie it off to secure. Then stitch a very long, loose stitch to pull at the end and gather the fabric all up. Twist the rosette to get a good shape you like and then stitch the back to secure it. It makes a silky puffy rosette that is lovely on headbands or barrettes! I so enjoy your how-to’s and stories of home. Made the yogurt last weekend and have about wiped it all out! Mmmmmm!

8 Sofya February 26, 2013 at 10:06 pm

That’s awesome, April! Thanks for sharing your tips on rosettes. I am very much a rosette virgin!

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