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A Cautionary Tale

I have neglected my blog for over a year now. I thought I would explain how I got out of the habit of blogging. My experience has a slight connection or two with sewing.

In February of 2015 I had the flame on the large burner of my gas stove top adjusted too high and accidentally caught the back of my shirt on fire. With the help of my husband, I extinguished the blaze in a few seconds, using the flexible hose from the sink.

I had to go to the emergency room, because I had extensive burns on my back. Although I had to see a plastic surgeon to be evaluated, I did not have to have any skin grafts.

It took over six months  for my burns to heal and my energy level was lower than normal for all that time. I got out of the habit of blogging and neglected blogging longer than I needed to. I am trying to return to blogging now.

I learned something about fabric from my fiery adventure. Cotton is very flammable. The back of my shirt was in flames in a matter of seconds. Here is a picture of the shirt I was wearing that day.


As you can see, there is a large hole in the back of the shirt. Now I understand why infants’ clothing is treated with a flame retardant. I think that fabric treatment is an excellent idea.

I also found a surprising use for my sewing skills. My husband had to apply a prescription cream to my back daily for several months. The plastic surgeon wanted the cream to be covered by bandages, but at first my back was completely covered with burns, so there was no place to tape the bandages. My doctor suggested that I buy very tight T-shirts and use the shirt to hold the bandages in place. It was hard to slip the shirt on without disturbing the bandages and the bandages didn’t stay in place very long.

I began experimenting with ways to sew the bandages to the back of the T-shirt. After trial and error, I tie-tacked the bandages onto the shirt back, using the technique that is sometimes used to hold the layers of a small quilt together. The surgeon’s assistant was very complimentary about my invention. She told the doctor that I sutured the bandages to the shirt.

I thought that her statement, using the surgical term for sewing, was a very kind analogy. I take pride and pleasure in my sewing skills, but my talent is nothing extraordinary. The really remarkable sewing in our day and age comes from the hands of a skilled surgeon. That type of sewing can heal wounds and save lives. I was glad to be able to make my own healing easier by using my sewing skill.

Please be very careful in the kitchen, especially around gas stove tops. Cooking is more dangerous than you think. Also, if you don’t know how, learn to sew. It will come in handy.


  1. Charlotte
    April 21st, 2018 at 20:35 | #1

    Sherralynn, I realize that your painful accident happened a while ago, but I must say how very brave you were in the situation. It breaks my heart to learn of your terrible suffering. Yet in the midst of it all, you kept a level head and made sure you got that fire out. What an amazing woman you are. God bless you for using your wonderful sewing skills to help to further your healing. I am so sorry such a terrible thing happened to you. I, too, have had my share of fires while cooking at the stove, and my stove is electric. Thankfully, I was never burned so badly.

    I want to thank you for your kindness in sharing so many of your sweet dolly projects. I had found one of your books on Amazon, then saw that you offered your Web Address, so I logged on right away to check it out. I was pulling up the graphics on many of your projects to get a better look at them. My tablet told me that I was downloading, and I hadn’t noticed having downloaded anything from your fun site. I checked to see what had downloaded, and they were your wonderful projects! I was so surprised. I want to thank you for sharing your dolly sewing gifts with us all. Dollies are so very special, and you make them even more special by your kindness, selflessness and giving heart. Thank you!

    I love your sweet dolls. In comparing you precious dolls to the American Girl dolls and others, I find your dolls to be much prettier and much more appealing. You are so very talented.

    I hope that you are completely healed from your accident and back to enjoying your wonderful sewing. I saw the cute baby doll that you made the cute outfit for, and I wonder if you ever make your cute outfits for the little 5 inch babies. I am rather partial to them.

    Be well, dear Lady, and may our Good Lord grant you and your loved ones many graces and blessings, and in all your wonderful endeavors. From the klutzy crafter, Charlotte, from the small hamlet of Berkshire, New York. ?

  2. April 24th, 2018 at 19:19 | #2

    Hi Charlotte,

    Thank you for a very lovely letter. I totally recovered from my accident. I had wonderful medical care, and support and prayers from people I love. Today I only have a few scars on my back that are covered by my clothing. It could have been so much worse.

    Thank you so much for your comments about my dolls and doll clothing. Such kind words are so encouraging. I hope that you try some of the projects that you downloaded.

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