My mom taught me how to Hem pants for my husband as they are always too long for him. Dress pants make me nervous to hem but it actually was pretty easy. I first had to cut off about an inch at the bottom because we had to bring it up about two inches. Once we cut that excess off we ironed the bottom exactly where we wanted the new bottom. We pinned it all into place at the very bottom so it wouldn’t shift around as I attached the hemming tape. Instead of buying the iron on tape , I got the kind that needed to be ironed on so it would last. It looks like ribbon but you sew it onto the bottom of the pants only to the end that was cut. I did that by using the sewing machine all the way around.
Who doesn’t love the sock monkeys from our youth? They still make the socks and you can find them at Hobby Lobby and Joann’s. The directions for making the sock monkey doll is included on the label, or you can go on line to find the directions.
Our quilt group also made some fidgit mats for people in Nursing homes. We assembled a mat about the size of a placemat, with batting. Then we pooled together our scraps, old zippers, lace, buttons, velcro and anything else we could find. It was a way to get rid of some scraps.
When I retired, I joined a quilt club in a neighboring town. This group not only works on their own individual projects but does many service projects. Since we live close to several hospitals, we started making pillowcases and super hero capes for kids going through chemotherapy and don’t have a lot of choices in their lives. We try to make them fun with super hero fabrics or other fun fabrics.