My husband always says that before we got into vintage camper trailers he had two friends; one friend from grammar school and one friend from his time as a misguided young adult.
Paul as a misguided youth! (Isn't he handsome!)
Now, we have hundreds of people we consider friends and dozens of those we consider family. With all the added blessings of friendships comes the cold reality that life is hard and we all face difficult times. So, what do you do when you hear that one of your precious friends is fighting a demanding battle against cancer? First, my heart was broken and I cried out to God, with tears streaming down my cheeks, for His love and healing to surround this treasured lady. Secondly, I looked at her pictures on Facebook and realized that while she is a “Tow Girlz” lady, she does not come in pink and tutus. An idea was sparked and I called my sweet trailer mom, Faye, to help me make a one of a kind gift that will hopefully share how much we all love this special friend.
HOW TO MAKE A HEALING HUG VEST
- Call a fabric lover friend and share your idea.
- Find a vest from Goodwill and go shopping for lacy things to add to your vest. (Look for lacy tops with buttons that you can cut up! Cheap and easy way to add depth to your project.)
- Set aside a day to complete your project with great friends or a day of solitude on your own.
- Lay out all the lacy doo-dads you have been keeping for a special project.
- Start pinning and cutting until it looks like how you imagine it to be in your dreams. Live big and layer! REMEMBER, you can’t make any mistakes at this point so experiment! You might surprise yourself.
- Now, you need to look at your project and start sewing on the bottom layer. Straight stich worked great for us.
- Keep sewing until you get everything attached!
- Have a friend with an embroidery machine write “Tow Girlz” on a piece of fabric and attach it to your vest.
- Give your vest to your sweet friend as a reminder of how much you love her. We named our project a “Healing Hug”.