Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Be warned! What you are about to see is not the norm for me. You see, my desk this week is at the sewing machine. Now you might ask, why is this not normal for me. I am always sewing on paper. Actually, that was the reason that I bought this machine. But today, gasp, I am actually sewing on fabric!!!

Yes, you heard correctly, fabric. I am working on some teething worms for my beautiful, little niece.

What are teething worms you ask? They were first made by my children's great-grandmother when they started to teethed. It is easy for them to hold, they can bite and suck on the ends, and the fabric, well, not to be gross but it soaks up the excess drool and helps to keep their clothes dry. They can easily be tossed in the washer and my kids LOVED them. My sister asked me if I could make a few for Sophia, and of course I would do anything for either one of them, so here I am tonight at the machine.

*NOTE: The teething worms are filled with cotton batting as the cotton is very absorbent.

And last week, a few of you asked what that pointy thing on my desk was. It is a tube turner. I am not quite sure the picture shows it well enough, but basically you use it to turn tubes right side out. I also have used one for threading elastic through casings.

Well, that is it for this installment of WOYWW. Hop on over to the Stamping Ground to see more desks from around the world.

Thanks for your visit!



scrappymo! said...

Great idea for the "Worms". I remember those days of the fronts of their clothing damp with drool. I had a ton of pretty bibs but the dampness still crept through.

I have one of those tube turners too. I never did a ton of sewing but it was for some craft need...I am sure...teehee

Arlene said...

Way to go...doing something outside the norm. :) I have never heard of teething worms, I thinks it's brilliant! :)

Neet said...

What a great idea those worms are - and so bright and colourful too. Think I need to look for a turner - brilliant idea.
Thanks for sharing - Hugs, neet xx #27

sandra de said...

Must be better to chew on fabric than plastic. Great idea.
Sandra @36

Neesie said...

Teething worms...well you learn something new every day Dani.
We used to place teething rings into the fridge in my day...yes we had fridges back then!!!
Thanks for sharing ~ I enjoyed my visit and thanks for nipping over to me earlier.
Have fun ~ Neesie #37

Anonymous said...

She will love them, I'm sure. Teething is no fun, for Mom or kid so anything that eases the way is sure to be much appreciated. And such pretty material too!

MA (8)

Anonymous said...

She will love them, I'm sure. Teething is no fun, for Mom or kid so anything that eases the way is sure to be much appreciated. And such pretty material too!

MA (8)

Judys Fabrications said...

Great idea..teething worms!
thanks for your lovely comment on my blog.I'm having a giveaway next week.
Judy #20

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Great idea for those teething worms! What a clever (and pretty) way to solve the problem! I've got a tube turner as well, it's really handy :)
Hugs, LLJ #1 xx

May said...

I have never heard of a teething worm.. what a fabulous idea..much kinder than those plastic things we have here..... Love the colours and well done on your sewing... Hugs May x x x#12

VonnyK said...

My eldest daughter used to live on rusks, but your worms would have saved me heaps of money and mess! She's nearly 21 now, so it's a bit late. Great idea. I like your pulling through thingy.
Have a great week.
Von #35

kay said...

what a good idea re the teething worms :)
have a super woyww
kay #82

JoZart said...

Those worms are a great idea! Love your LO on your previous post!
thanks for popping in on me too.

Mary Pat Siehl said...

what a fab idea!! love the girly colors for these!

Claire said...

my kids always loved those teething rings you keep in the fridge - cooled their sore gums! but those worms sound a great idea for absorbing the drool :)
happy WOYWW!
no. 67

Anonymous said...

Great idea for those fabric worms Dani, love the bright colours too. I subscribe to CardMaker, makes it easier each issue, but I got a heck of a deal through Discount Mags online. Normally $39.99 for two years, I had a coupon code and got a two yr sub for $22.99!

Brenda 3

Helen said...

Hi Dani thanks for popping by. The teething worms are a great idea. What do you put inside them? WOYWW Hugs from Helen 19

Trish Latimer said...

Great idea! They look so pretty too! Trish #10

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

What a great idea!
Oh and love your nail polish :)

Jingle said...

What a great idea!

Sue Althouse said...

Nice! I am always impressed by anyone who can sew. I took sewing in Home Ec in school, way back when, and got a "D" on my project!! - I think the only reason I didn't fail was the the teacher felt sorry for me.

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Dani,

Thank you for visiting and leaving a sweet comment!

Those teething worms look interesting - what do you fill them with? I love the fabric.

Hugs, Kay #31

Bernice said...

Teething worms - now that's one I haven't heard before! At least they were nothing like the image they conjured up!
Happy WOYWW,
Bernice #2

Di said...

Teething worms are a new one to me - sounds like a great idea!

Happy WOYWW, Di x #11

laura said...

Teething worms are new to me too. I just sewed some draping binding on some store bought valances to make them work with my existing rods, it was fun to use faric again, lol. I bet my machine was in shock.

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is new to me and how stinkin' clever this is, Dani! I'm sure we can come up with a more adorable name than "worms," however! I'm also sure that you could sell these in stores!! "Baby Noodles?" or "Teething Tubes?" Ernt, maybe not "tubes," but "noodles" is cute. You go for it, just copyright the name to me, design to you. And you keep all the money for having a great-great-gramma who was so brilliant and for keeping up the fab tradition!

Thanks for coming to visit me earlier and have a great week! Darnell #34

trisha too said...

Well very nice of you, teething worms, that's a first for me!

:)trisha #117 this week

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

What a thoughtful and loving project! Thanks for the visit this week! xx

Morti said...

Oooh - now they are a GREAT idea! You should make them and sell them on ebay! Or etsy! Or even your blog....LOL

Thanks for stopping by...

soapHOUSEmama said...

oooooh, how very clever!!

Amy E said...

I've never heard of teething worms, but what a great idea! Now I know what I'll be making for my future grandchldren!

I'm having a giveaway, open worldwide this week. Come check it out if you get the chance!

Amy E. #30

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Hi there Danielle, ah what an instructive post his is love the teething worms and we sued a number of threads sewn together at the end of tube to pull it through so guess that is the same principal. :D Thanks so much for popping over and thanks for sharing ~ happy WOYWW! Shaz in Oz. x #43

Eliza said...

This is certainly a different post and I can actually say I have learnt something today. I am not a sewing person. Great colors in the material.

Happy crafting.
Eliza #16

Ohhh Snap said...

Teething worms are ingenious! Good thing you had a sewing machine lol. 20 years ago, I had to buy a blow dryer to do something crafty, forget what that was though, heat embossing before heat embossing guns? Happy belated WOYWW and thanks for visiting! #23

Elizabeth said...

That's a really handy gadget - I always sewed a length of cord into one end and then pulled it through the tube to turn it the right way round - your tube turner sounds a much simpler method. Never heard of teething worms but it sounds a great idea. Hope you are enjoying the weekend. Elizabeth x #63