Talmage hates it when I sew. It seems that he will be happily walking around and playing until I sit at the sewing machine, and then he is instantly standing next to me, grabbing my legs and trying to hoist himself up onto my lap, all the while sobbing out, "Mama! Mama!" It is a pretty sad sight to see.
However, there is one tactic that helps divert his attention for a little while, at least: playing with the measuring tape. Here are some pictures of him doing just that.