For the second instalment of Why I wake early, Katie Patrick describes the practical and therapeutic act of making while pregnant with her first child.
The changing mat was one of the last things I made before Eric arrived in the early days of autumn last year. I had spent much time in my pregnancy planning and making for him. I sewed blankets, tiny trousers and small felt animals. I gathered objects to create a treasure basket and I started to piece together a quilt for when he is a little older. I’ve always ‘made’. Both my parents are makers. Eric has beautiful knitwear from my Mum and a wonderful crib built for him by my Dad. I love that he is surrounded by objects that have been created especially for him – things which are unique and which have and will become part of the story of him.
I chose to stitch the changing mat by hand, I think perhaps as a gentle therapy to the feelings of late pregnancy. Making the stitches as small and neat as possible, stopping the thread from knotting was very soothing. I used a sturdy piece of ticking cloth gifted to me by my mother in law and placed 3 layers of cotton canvas in the middle to offer a little padding and durability. I wanted the mat to be strong and useful and non-disposable. It needed to be easy to wash and dry and to transport around. While I sewed I kept thinking of how my little boy would soon be using this mat, and how perhaps in the future, should there be more children they would use it too.
Thank you Katie!