Thursday, September 06, 2007

Working on my sewing badge....

I have officially started my business. It's a small business I run out of a plastic Sterlite tote box which sits on my front porch.

Fern's been a Girl Scout for several years now and I'm a perfectionist when it comes to getting her badges on her vest or sash in the correct place. It's gotta be perfect. It would drive me absolutely nuts to see other girls' vests with the badges all caddywumpus and in the completely wrong place. I never said anything to the other parents, but, boy, I wanted to. I've even held myself back from ripping the offending vest off the poor child.

Then, sometime ago, AM asked me to sew Suzy's badges on her Brownie vest and gave me $20 to do it. So, I got to thinking: they don't teach Home-Ec anymore, I bet a lot of parents don't know their way around a sewing machine, and those plastic-backed patches are murder on your fingers to sew through by hand, so they'd need help, too.

So I made up a flier and emailed it to some troop leaders and parents and put my drop-off box on my porch and I'm ready. I'm charging $1 per badge or $25 per year. It's the start of a school year, the troops are forming, money should just start rolling in now!

12 comments:

MarkEC said...

Wish I had know you a year or so ago...you could have saved me some sore fingers and yes.. crooked badges. But mine has ended her Girl Scout adventures this year. Happy sewing :-)

iamnot said...

Great idea.

Lorraine said...

Oh, you and your nimble fingers! Brilliant.

Karen said...

This is BRILLIANT! Where were you when my daughter was a Girl Scout?! I can't sew to save my life. I hate to admit it, but (don't yell at me) but I actually tried to hot-glue the badges to her sash. Yeah, I'm THAT pathetic!

Michele sent me and I'm so glad. You go girl!!!

mcewen said...

Cool good for you. It certainly is a dying art. A while back I was in a hurry so I bought a smocked baby dress as a present for a friend instead of making it by hand as I had for her older sister. In the shop, no-one believed that you could do smocking by hand!
Best wishes

AM Kingsfield said...

I'm proud of you for channeling your pet peeve into something so good for everyone!
I just stew.

YoLinna said...

Ha! I glued every one of C & R's badges after I accidently sewed the arms of B's jacket shut trying to put his badge on! Definately could have used you then :)

Oh and don't feel bad about yoga--it is hard to go back out at night when you've been running all day. Some day..we'll be ladies of leisure...and drink tea...and play scrabble....ahhh.

November Rain said...

that is a great idea
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greeny said...

You are one smart cookie! A brilliant idea, yes, born from frustration. I take it you own a thimble?

Mom said...

You are the answer to many a girl scout parent's payers.

BreadBox said...

Anne -- that sounds like a tremendous business idea! I'd be willing to bet that you get 90% of the badges to sew on! And 100% of the sewn-on-straight ones!
Michele sent me to say this!
N.

just me said...

I must say I can't believe there are so many comments on this topic - I guess you really hit a nerve.

When E was a brownie I did hate those plastic-backed badges.