My daughter is currently obsessed with her belly button. She calls it her “bah bah”. She’s also obsessed with books, and she also calls them bah bahs, so it can be a bit confusing at times, but we figure it out. Anyway, she spends a good chunk of time with at least one finger touching her belly button. She reaches for it when she needs a bit of comfort, and she’s quick to show off her belly if you ask her where her belly button is.
Because of this obsession, we’d stopped putting onesies on her. It was just so sad to see her searching for her belly button and only coming up with fabric. The onesies she’d been given (we never say no to hand-me-downs!) were just sitting in her drawers, while her few t-shirts were on a heavy wash-wear-repeat cycle.
It finally dawned on me that I could pretty easily convert all of those lonely onesies into belly button friendly t-shirts by just cutting off the bottoms.
I’d taken them down to my sewing space intending to hem them (another excuse to use my Lite Steam-A-Seam 2!), but then I realized that even though they were tiny, hemming ten little shirts would actually be a lot of work. But, I didn’t want the side seams to start pulling apart after the bottoms of the onesies were cut off and the raw serger ends exposed…
Then I remembered that many of you commented on my post about securing serger ends to say that you often use fray blockers to finish your serger ends. I’d never used anything like it before, but I figured it was worth a try, so off I went to pick up some of my very own.
I chose the June Taylor Fray Block because of this Stitcher’s Guild Forum (thanks Debbie of Stitches and Seams!). The forum had warned me it would be runny, but what I hadn’t expected to find was that I was supposed to hold it under hot water for 3 minutes and then shake it for 30 seconds before use. Is that typical for these types of products?! I can’t seem to find any information on what it’s made out of online. The only thing the tube says is that it’s flammable, so my guess is that it’s some sort of magic anti-fraying compound dissolved in a flammable solvent. The heat and shaking could then be to make sure the magic compound is appropriately mixed with the solvent before use?
Anyway, long story short – my darling daughter now has ten more t-shirts to add to her rotation, which has slowed the wash-wear-repeat cycle tremendously! The Fray Block has held up to her running and playing, and I’ve actually already used it again on my most recent projects. Stay tuned for those!