Monthly Archives: December 2014

Coordinates

12-giftsWith Christmas less that two weeks away, I am frenziedly working on Christmas gifts! This weekend I finished up one more: an oven mitt and towel (it goes along with this potholder from last week). I’m pairing this up with a matching “Happy Holidays” platter, measuring spoons (FYI the ceramics and fabric came from Hobby Lobby and are perfect coordinates!), and a few yummies to nosh on for a fun gift basket.

Now it’s time to work on teacher gifts – I’m thinking box bags with Bath & Body Works goodies stuff inside!

Merry Monsters The Stocking

12-estockingJust in time to hang on the mantel for Christmas…. Easton’s new stocking! I wound up using the same pattern as the Rockin Stocking, but used the Merry Monster Trio from Urban Threads instead – it seemed a bit more age appropriate design theme right now (plus I used a super cute monster fabric for the lining).  In hindsight, I wish I would have done two things differently:

  • Use a toned-down print for the stocking. I went with this one because it reminded me of snow, but it seems overshadow the embroidery design some.
  • Use the larger design! This may have fixed the above problem some, but I think I would have liked it to fill up the space more, even if it would have taken over the entire length of the stocking.

Now I think it’s time to move on to Christmas pjs! I’m getting ready to try a new pattern this weekend and am anxious to see how it compares to my tried-and-true McCalls.

Linky Thursday

Holiday sewing for the boys – make them a vest and don’t forget the bow tie!

Learn how to make a pleather circle skirt then enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Girl Charlee (and don’t forget to enter all those great giveaway links over at SewMamaSew this week)

Speaking of pleather…. change up your next t-shirt by adding it to your sleeves.

If your little one loves capes, but is complaining how it chokes them, try this fun version instead.

Last week I mentioned an awesome fold-over brush stand, this tutorial steps up the game by adding a cosmetic pouch to it.

This color blocked knit skirt isn’t just striking, it’s calling my name to be made soon!

DIY spa gift sets wouldn’t be complete without a sleep mask. Make your own version with Liberty of London or my personal favorite pattern….

Stitch up a pretty little tree (ornament) for your tree!

I’m all about the slouchy beanies this year. Now you can make one for the kids!

Keep yourself looking fashionable while keeping yourself warm at the same time with a pair of fleece leggings.

For whatever reason, I’m a sucker for images with trees on top of cars – that’s why this Christmas Towel is perfect for my kitchen.

Pillows that are perfect for decorating, but can be left up beyond the Christmas season: Applique Snowflake pillows.

Looking for a quick stocking stuffer? This printable for EOS lip balms is just the cutest!

Who doesn’t love a new scarf? This infinity scarf only takes 30 minutes to make and this leather snap version is a great way to change up your scarf rotation!

Need something for the class Christmas party? These reindeer candy cane holders are perfect sewing for large groups!

Quick Stocking Stuffers

01-sachet2Continuing my sewing project distraction, today’s post is about my latest stocking stufferquick and easy gift…. sachets! I realize that Christmas really is right around the corner so some of my more grandiose sewing plans might not make it under the tree…. so I’ve opted for a few projects that take substantially less time to stitch up.

These little 4×4″ brocade pillows (they seemed ‘fancier’ than regular cotton prints) are stuffed with fluff and a bit of essential oil on a cotton ball that’s stashed in the middle of the cushion. Quick, easy, and sweet smelling – my favorite type of gift to make!

Beautiful Beginnings

12-beginningWith the hustle and bustle of the holidays (and helping my mom for the past month from her foot surgery), my sewing output has been rather slow…. However, I’ve started some great projects that will definitely be finished before the end of the week!

First up a simple potholder that will be part of a Christmas gift basket. I intend on whipping up some potholder mitts and very possibly a 1/2 apron as well that coordinate with this design.

Secondly, a Merry Monsters Trio embroidery design that will become Easton’s new Christmas stocking. He’s been rather insistent that he needs a new one since he saw Taylor’s. As much as I like the background I used (I thought it looked like snow), I do think it drowns out the finished design…. maybe once I cut it into shape and add a bit of trim, etc. that it will have a bit more ‘pop’.

 

LOVE

12-runnerFinished with your Christmas sewing? Then gear up for the next holiday…. Valentine’s Day! You can get a sneak peak at my latest Creative Machine Embroidery project, Love Spell in the JanFeb 2015 issue.

This fun table runner can be made in whimsical prints or dressed up in monochromatic blends for a modern look. No matter what your fabric choice, this project comes together quickly – even if you’re not a regular quilter.

Gunslinger

I couldn’t help myself. I was so excited about Urban Thread’s Christmas sale, that I picked up more embroidery designs. In fact, I was so excited about it, I couldn’t wait to stitch one up right away! I decided that the next hoodie I make for Easton needed a cool design on the jacket back so I went with the Western Steampunk Gungslinger design (I actually bought this design in two sizes, then decided to go with the largest one they offer). Over two hours later (it wasn’t until the very end that I realized I could have sped the machine up some to make it go a bit faster), I had this: 12-gunslinger   I had to do a bit of substituting of threads (there were some that did not have a match to the brands I was using), but I think the end result turned out nicely. Now it’s probably time to get the rest of my materials ready for this project so I can stitch it up – hopefully I’ll have this done before Christmas and I can slip it under the tree!

Linky Thursday

Who needs Rudolph when you can have a Tilda Reindeer?

Looking for a way to coordinate your holiday wreath with your decor? Now you can sew your own.

If you know how to crochet, you won’t want to miss out on these Frozen inspired dolls or this fantastic pumpkin pie brooch that’s also…. a tissue holder!

Speaking of tissue holders…. Have you seen this one that’s made to look like a Gingerbread House? I love it!

This scoodie (hoodie and scarf combo) has everything: a hat with ears, a scarf, and even pockets to stash goodieskeep your hands warm! Need something a little warmer? Try this version instead.

Get your free copy of the premier issue of Seamwork Magazine.

Keep your jewelry tangle free with this pretty Jewelry Roll – this one also hangs to display all your treasures, too!

Stay warm this winter with a cozy cocoon cardigan.

I’m not quite sure how you would use these, but I have a ‘thing’ for chickens so I can’t help but think that I need to make one or two of these Little Chicken Bean Bags for something.

Stop leaving your glasses out and risk getting them scratched! Make a cute eyeglass case instead.

Not only does this organizer keep your makeup brushes neat and tidy, but it makes itself into a stand so you can easily see what you have inside!

Pack them up for a trip to Grandma’s with their very own bag.

Holiday themed aprons are a great way to show your spirit while still looking good int he kitchen. This Santa version is perfect for baking Christmas cookies, don’t you think?

Have a hard time getting your little one to wear a scarf? This Santa Snood may motivate them to keep it on.

This grab-n-go drawing kit makes a great stocking stuffer or just personalized gift for the artist in your life.

Hate hemming but still want a fantastic wardrobe? Start by making one of these Knit Lined Pencil Skirts (I love the plaid one in the photo).

Hipster Jammies

12-pjsA new set of pajamas would not be complete without matching pants! For this version, I used the bottoms from Peek-a-boo Pattern’s Alex & Anna Winter PJs. I haven’t made this style for Easton in ages, but they are incredibly easy to sew – the only change I made is using a slightly wider elastic (1″) because it was the only thing that I had on hand at the time. The fit was perfect and Easton said they were very comfortable and soft (I will admit, the material is a great quality cotton).

While they look adorable on the hanger, I will admit they look a bit crazy on (but really, they’re pajamas, who cares?) – there’s a lot of print happening and the style makes Easton look incredibly lanky (like a Hipster print Slinderman).

Now, with this set done, I have about 1 1/4 yards of this material left…. what to make next?

Hipster Stripe Shirt

12-pjtopYou may have recently read about my fabric pre-order saga (a.k.a. the fabric that took 6 months to print). When I first ordered it, Easton was 5 and I thought this would make fun clothing. As silly as it sounds, now that it’s here and he’s turned 6 (and is in the 1st grade), I think that this particular print may look a bit too juvenile for school….. so I’m thinking pajamas.

To break the print up a bit, I decided to sew a raglan top and use a stripe for the sleeves. I started with Peek-a-boo Pattern’s Grand Slam Tee (a PDF that I’ve been meaning to sew, but never got around to) and went with a long sleeved, ‘athletic fit’. This is a pretty straight-forward pattern, so I never looked at the instructions, but everything came together well and I’m pretty sure that I finished this in under an hour!  I think I may make a couple more shirts this week using this pattern (if I can find more ‘boy fabrics’ to use)…. but first to make some PJ bottoms!