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In honor of National Camping Month, we're celebrating the great outdoors! You may have already noticed our fabric picks on our Hawthorne Threads home page gallery. We think they might inspire you to dust off the sewing machine and the tent!
My fellow campers will agree that there's nothing quite like finding the perfect spot, having breakfast in the woods, and watching your kids explore the campgrounds. We take an annual camping trip with our two kids and our friends with their four, so between the two families we have quite the cacophony of happy campers! Of course, it's the quiet time with the kids that I like perhaps even more, those moments when their exploring eyes truly take in the natural world around them. It gives us the chance to teach so many of life's lessons. For example, when it's good to stay on the path and when to take the road less traveled - literally and metaphorically of course!
As you can see on this particular hike Annie and I opted for the path, but Charlie and Aidan took the low road and forged the stream. I remember that Annie, ever the inquisitive one, asked if the stream runs all night long and I was instantly reminded of a quote from Annie Dillard who muses that "the creek runs on all night, new every minute...as a closed book on a shelf continues to whisper to itself its own inexhaustible tale.” I loved that I got to tell her about that line from Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. It also offered the opportunity to ask her if a tree falls in the forest and there's no one there to hear it, does it make a sound? She rather liked that conundrum. When you're exploring outdoors, conversation ebbs and flows much like the stream itself. And there's no better place to chat into the night than over marshmallows around a fire - no place that is except perhaps in a tent under the stars. And if you're wondering about those stars inside the tent, this nightlight looks brilliant outdoors!
Now, I'd be remiss if I left you up the creek without a paddle - that is, all this camping inspiration without any sewing projects! So, here is our round up of fun things to sew for your next camp-out!
- Water Bottle Tote from Jo-Ann
- Cargo Duffle from Robert Kaufman and Noodlehead
- Windproof Picnic Blanket from Infarrantly Creative
- Tepee from Little Lizard King
- Camping Pillow from She's Kinda Crafty
- Roll and Go from Bonnie Christine
- Snap Up Sleeping Bag from Modern Handcraft
- Camping Chair Cover from Blue Susan Makes
- Portable First Aid Kit from Positively Splendid
- Firewood Tote from Laura Wilson
- Faux Grain Sack Camp Stool from House of Hawthornes
- Fabric Scrap Napkins from Inspiring Homestyle
- Sleep Mask from Curious and Catcat
- DIY Hammock from Kate Pruitt
Happy sewing, and happy trails! If you try any of these projects we hope you'll share a picture in the comments section!