The Case of the Missing Case

by Stefani on 23-September-2008

You might have noticed that there's been a distinct lack of sewing here at the Blue Yonder ranch. 

Mmm hmmm. 

Lemme just tell you: 

I got all set to sit down and make myself of pretty fallish version of my all time favorite pattern (oh alright, my favorite of the THREE patterns that I've ever managed to finish). 

I cut. I pinned. I poured the wine.  I queued the iTunes "Late Night Sewing" playlist, and then I discovered one fatal flaw. 

No bobbin case. 

It was neither high nor low. It was not under couch cushions, not in my notions box, not in the junk drawer, NO WHERE!

To say that I was a little miffed would be putting it very, VERY kindly. 

The next morning, I lined up all the usual suspects for interrogation, but no one was talking. 


Well I was not about to go down without a fight. I tore apart the hall closet (which needed cleaning anyway). I reorganized my notions box (you know, just in case I missed it the first 90 times that I searched there), ditto for the junk drawer. I cleaned out Ryder's toy box and closet and drawers. I cleaned out all the stuff on the dining room table. 

And there I was – clean and organized, and as of yet, bobbin case-less. 

Double harumph. Forced into fruitless cleaning!

I was pretty determined that I was not going to go and get a new one. I would find that bloody bobbin case if it killed us all!

Weeks went by though, and my little men started talking about Halloween costumes. I began noticing too that the boys' pajama pants look more suited to high water than to cool mornings. 

So I did it. I drove all the way across town to the ONE shop that had the stinking bobbin case and I forked over the cash to a twinkly-eyed older man who said, "Just how do you lose a bobbin case?"

This I'd like to know. 

All's well that ends well though. 

Lounging Pants 

Three little sets of legs are snug and warm this morning, and my bobbin case is snug in it's little hole too. 

So, if you've got missing items of your own, they're probably somewhere in a blackhole next to my old case. I can't help you there. But, if you've got wee little legs in your house that need warming, that I can remedy. 

I made our fleece pajama pants exactly like summer's bandana pants, only longer. I just measure their legs, hip to floor and added an inch and half (ish)  for making the elastic's casing. I measured the width of the pieces using a bandana, and added about an inch so we'd have a little extra room to wiggle. 

 I didn't even hem the bottoms… it's fleece, it won't fray. 

You can find the pattern for the basic how-to here

Be warm!
Sarah Jackson September 23, 2008 at 6:38 am

I know where your bobbin case is! It’s at my house. You should probably come and clean my craft room to find it.

The pants are very very cute! We make something similar out of flannel. Dog hair and fleece are too good of friends for fleece to be useful in my home, despite my relentless sweeping. Relentless.

Jennifer September 23, 2008 at 6:56 am

Oh, that is the worst, isn’t it? All ready to start and missing a key item. It will turn up now; that’s what happened with my bobbin cover 🙂

Love the pants, definitely have to whip up a pair or two.

Angela September 23, 2008 at 7:32 am

I love, love, love your blog! Forced cleaning without results is the worst. Glad you’re back in the sewing business and thanks so much for all the smiles.

Diane September 23, 2008 at 7:34 am

Ha ha! Suited to high water!! I’ve seen some of that around here, too…

As for your bobbin case, Sarah up there is mistaken — your bobbin case is in MY craft room and I bet if you fold up a bunch of fabric and put it on the shelves you would find it… ; ) Plus, we haven’t even broken 40 degrees and I know how you love cool weather… and the leaves are gorgeous… come quick!

Sarah September 23, 2008 at 7:35 am

I think that not being able to find something I just KNOW is somewhere enrages me like nothing else. It is really infuriating! Glad that you finally gave up and went and bought a new one. Now you KNOW you’ll find it soon. Black holes have a way of opening up and spitting out their contents once you throw up the white flag.

melissa s. September 23, 2008 at 8:30 am

reminds me of my search for my bias tape maker…ended when i finally connected the airplane noises coming from my son and my realization that a bias tape maker does look like a little space shuttle!

sweet pants!

Shawn September 23, 2008 at 8:34 am

Thanks for the fleece pants idea! Just this morning, I could not find the lid to my son’s thermos for hot soup. I had to make a sandwich instead despite the hot soup on the stove. Afterward, I found the darned lid in the dishwasher! It’s not just your house. I blame the new super particle conductor making black holes. hee-hee.

Katie September 23, 2008 at 9:02 am

Oh boy! You should’a called me I bet I have about 10 extra.

Love the warm fuzzy pants! I will have to make a few for my fam too.

brit September 23, 2008 at 9:41 am

I have to admit I like your pattern better than any others. I tried it out making some doll clothes ( i like baby steps) this week and frankly…less stress all around for me. thanks.

nicole September 23, 2008 at 9:54 am

get out!! mine is missing too!! i guess i’m gonna have to get a new one. those pj bottoms are great! those will be on my to do for christmas gift list!

Baba September 23, 2008 at 10:06 am

Gotta love non fray fleece!

Amy September 23, 2008 at 10:49 am

I’m sorry. I borrowed the bobbin case and forgot to return it. How ’bout we swap when you return all of those single knitting needles you borrowed from me?

Allison September 23, 2008 at 10:52 am

Yeah actually. I’m missing my only (and favorite) muffin tin. I too have searched high and low, cleaned cabinets, the whole bit. I, like you, am refusing (thus far) to go out an purchase a new one. I have borrowed from my dear neighbors, and am waiting patiently for my dearest muffin tin to return to my kitchen. So far, no one on my end has fessed up either. Hmmmm….

Stephanie September 23, 2008 at 11:00 am

So did you buy an extra–just in case? It’s the insurance for never losing another one, you know.

Katie September 23, 2008 at 11:13 am

I love your blog – found it through my friend Eren’s blog ( I, too, am sewing-disabled at the moment — lost the spindle (?!) that holds the thread spool…and since my machine is circa 1950 finding a replacement is akin to solving Stonehenge. Ah well, your post has encouraged me to persevere in looking…

Anna September 23, 2008 at 11:28 am

Thanks for all the wonderful hints, tips, recipes, and patterns. I use them whenever I get a chance. Oh! and I am loving your fall header. Cheers.

Caroline September 23, 2008 at 11:37 am

I always end up looking half the day for my scissors. Somehow they always end up missing and my 3 boys of course “never used them” Hmmf! lol

Thimbleina September 23, 2008 at 1:19 pm

I have a lot of things in that black hole, sometimes the black hole does throw things back out, but not always

Laura September 23, 2008 at 3:08 pm

If the black hole ever releases the bobbin case, could you pretty please see if it has gobbled up the three movies that my mom and I are missing collectively? I’m not sure life can go on without Sweet Home Alabama!

MadWomanMeg September 23, 2008 at 4:57 pm

You never cease to amaze me in your craftiness. Those are fantastic…even if you did have to toil away with all the forced cleaning before you could do them.

Reminds me, I really need to finish knitting this blanket. Ugh.

phd in yogurtry September 23, 2008 at 5:22 pm

FYI – there’s no fee to get into Zilker Botanical Gardens. At least, not everytime I have gone. I have not seen the newest updated dinos, however.

Relyn September 23, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Look at those little piggies! There’s nothing like baby feet and little kids toes. I know where your bobbin case is. My sock monster took a road trip and ate it for a snack.

Heather Jane September 23, 2008 at 7:34 pm

I just want to know how you get the little bobbin case thieves to sit on the table with their hands folded neatly in their laps.

Do you bribe them?!

You really are amazing!

Glad the bobbin has a new home. One can’t be without the sewing machine for long and not lose it just a little.

Hannah September 23, 2008 at 8:52 pm

Wow, those pants are so neat! And with something as unintimidating as fleece, I’m actually tempted to give it a try! Ian would probably wear them during the daytime though. 😉 Thanks for all you went through to offer us some inspiration!

elissa Finger September 24, 2008 at 5:36 am

i wonder where it will turn up? IF it turns up. suppose it is in the black hole of socks and puzzle pieces and lego man heads. cute and toasty pants…..

kristi September 24, 2008 at 9:32 am

Your boys just deny it — mine begin by blaming the others all the way down the line until they get to the youngest one who can not speak yet nor defend herself!

Thyme September 25, 2008 at 4:08 am

If you find it, let me know where it is & I’ll go check mine for my train case with all the vitamins in it. I hid it up high since my middle boy was eyeing it. And it’s just gone. Can’t remember where up high is, & I’m feeling a bit tired: & iron, calcium & magnesium-deficient from the last month without it. But no way am I buying new vitamins.

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