Linky Thursday

Know someone who loves to camp? Gift them an adorable camper ornament to hang on their tree.

Keep your tootsies warm with a cozy pair of fleece lined slippers.

Looking for great little stocking stuffer gifts you can sew? These lip balm case and key rings are perfect for anyone (and would be great to attach lip balms to kid’s backpacks).

A cute way to dress alike, the colorblocked mommy and me tunic. I might actually make the mommy version for myself!

Here’s a bit of a twist on the blanket scarf trend: an easy cap scarf.

These colorful fabric bracelets make great gifts or just stack them and were some yourself.

I have a deep desire to make something with color changing mermaid sequin fabric…. but I dread working with sequins. Get tips and trick with working with this tricky material in this post.

Big kids need Christmas jammies too. This free pajama pant pattern (sizes 10-16) is perfect for making handmade pjs for tweens.

If you have a wine lover in your life (or yourself) you’ll definitely want to whip up a few of these fun ornaments. Not a wine lover, but can’t pass up a taco truck? Check out this taco ornament, instead!

These dish towels stay put when you hang them on your oven door.

If Elf is one of your favorite Christmas movies, you will definitely want to check out this adorable tree skirt inspired by the movie.

This canvas Christmas pillow is perfect for indoors and out. This Santa pillow is pretty stinkin’ cute too.

This isn’t just a tool holder, it’s also an easel for them too! (Change up the pocket size and this cold also hold makeup brushes, instead).

If you love the look of quilted stockings, but don’t have the time to do all the work. Try you hand at these quilt as you go style stockings, instead.

Put those fancy stitches on your machine to good use with this beautiful cross body belted bag.

These reindeer candy cane holders would make a fun, and easy treat bag or stocking stuffer gift.

I’ve been on an underwear making kick lately. Interested in trying your hand at it, too? This free (kids) boxer brief pattern can get you started.

The Latest

Yesterday was fairly productive day in the sewing room, as I finally finished up two projects. I had mentioned in yesterday’s post that I have been multitasking, but I should probably add that I’m not sure that it makes things go any faster. I find myself hopping back and forth in between projects enough that I never feel like I’m really accomplishing anything. With that said, here’s a peek at what I’ve been working on.

12-underwearFirst up, more boxer briefs. Given that one of these was a seasonal print, I figured I needed to get these done before the 25th so Easton could wear them before the holiday. I went up one size from the pair I made last week and I think that it has a much better fit in the legs. I’m not sure how the superheroes will work out, the material is much less stretchy than the others I’ve been working with.

12-towelsI also finished up a few sets of the embroidered tea towels for Easton’s religious education teachers. One thing I wanted to point out on these is the difference that I noticed in the stabilizer I used. The maroon version has a tear away. While the overall design looks ok, It doesn’t lay as flat and isn’t as ‘smooth’ as what I would have liked. In the green version, I used Vilene water soluble and I think the end result is more polished. I know that in the end I should have used a cutaway (if they plan to launder it and not just use them for display), but I didn’t have any on hand and decided to make do with what I had.

Multitasking

You know how you can tell that the holidays are right around the corner? You find yourself multitasking, working all the machines in your sewing room at once!

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On the embroidery machine, towels for Easton’s religious education teachers. Sadly, I only finished one. I left the second towel unsupervised for awhile and didn’t notice that some of the excess material had fallen underneath the hoop so it began stitching itself together. I just scrapped it and decided that I would start over today.

On the sewing machine, Easton’s Christmas underpants (along with a second pair in a non-holiday print). Sadly, I didn’t finish those either, but only have the waistbands left on these, so I should have something to show tomorrow.

On the Cricut (not pictured), cutting vinyl to make stencils for wine glass etching. These are going into gift baskets for my in laws along with personalized cheese boards that I had made for them (and of course, treats). Today I also want to cut out the rooster from this site and slap it on a night shirt.

 

New Shirts

This weekend, one of my favorite little boutiques posted a cute shirt\outfit and I decided I really wanted one.  Apparently everyone thought it was cute because it was sold out (even the scarf was gone)! So, I headed to the store to find a shirt so that I could embellish one myself (between sewing gifts and the holiday hub-bub I didn’t think I had time to make one) and here is what I came up with:

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While I was out getting a blank shirt, I stumbled across what can only be described as “Ugly Christmas Leggings” (with Santas all over them)….. not only did I buy those, but decided I needed to have a themed shirt to go with it – hence the reindeer tee. I figure I can wear that to Easton’s school for his winter classroom party and look oddly festive.

With making these shirts, I can’t wait to start making my own tees (because the fit is so much better than either of these) and adding fun elements to them – which is 90% of the reason I purchased my Cricut machine.

Boxer Briefs

12-boxerbriefsLast week I mentioned that I had a long ‘to-do list’. I am (slowly) crossing things off of it, like these underwear for Easton.

This is actually a tester pair of underwear – it’s been ages since I’ve made Jalie 3242 for him, so I wanted to check out the sizing (I didn’t measure him, I just guessed) before cutting into the fabric he really wanted me to use. The fit is really good, but I’ve decided to trace off the next size up because I can tell, with the way he’s been growing, they won’t fit for too much longer. By the way, he totally approved of this pair – he loves the feel of the material (as well as the print) and has requested more (and a matching pair for Dad).

Linky Thursday

Make you holiday party even more festive with these fun stitched coasters.

Keep your Kaufman Kona color chart handy by transforming it into a beautiful quilt.

I’m not going to lie. I am in love with these ornament pillows…. I sort of want to make a few to decorate the living room.

Need a new machine? Enter to win a Singer 7640!

If you need new stockings, this pattern promises to sew up quickly.

Looking for a special present to give to a little girl in your life? This sweet little doll is perfect for gift giving.

This Nap in a Bag is perfect for kids headed to preschool or adults lucky enough to be able to hide under their desk after lunch. Have left over material? Why not make a matching sleeping bag for an 18″ doll, too!

Is your Elf on the Shelf feeling a little naked lately? Learn how to whip them up a new wardrobe!

Love to make your tree sparkle? These (no-sew) glitter ornaments keeps the sparkle on the inside so you don’t find it all over your house. Looking for something more sewing related instead? These vintage pattern ornaments are perfect for any seamstress.

Make gift giving easier by stashing all your gifts into a big Santa Sack.

These sweet little foxes and penguins make adorable ornaments as well as package embellishments!

Mugs, Mugs, Mugs

I was reminded that there were 11 school days before winter break, which sent me into a panic…. what about teacher gifts? While I haven’t worked on anything for Easton’s two main teachers, I did manage to whip up a few things for his ‘specials teachers’ (speech, principal, music, etc.). This year I tried my hand a personalized mugs:

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On the front, a festive message. On the back, the teacher’s name. I plan on filling them up with goodies and packaging them with a note and care instructions. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out, but best of all, the entire set came to under $10!

By the way, I learned that regular Cricut vinyl is temporary and shouldn’t be used for anything that will get wet and that I should use Oracal 651 instead. So, guess who has more coming in the mail this week in an array of colors?

Memory Pillows

One of my commissioned projects was to make a bunch of memory pillows for a friend of the family who’s father\grandfather passed away. Since it was close to the holidays, she wanted to have them to give to family members as gift to remember him by.

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Originally, I had intended on using my embroidery machine to stitch out the ‘message’ on the pockets of the shirts, but the font got pretty tiny and looked ‘messy’ (IMHO) opted to use the Cricut instead….. honestly, I’m not sure which one would have been faster.

With these done, I’m hoping to tackle my next project (curtains) and then go back to making a few items for gifts and sneak in some selfish sewing too.

Family Ugly Sweater Tees

Whew! I have spent all morning working on my latest project: Ugly Christmas Sweater (tees) for the family to wear tomorrow while decorating the tree.

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So, these are definitely not perfect, but I think they’ll work just for us. I noticed some areas that I missed weeding and Bret’s design is flipped…. I’m not quite sure what happened there. I had enlarged the design enough that I needed to use a larger mat and somehow it flipped the design and I never noticed. After these, I’m definitely putting a heat press on my Christmas list – my shoulders are aching after working on these…. let’s hope they don’t peel off in the wash now!

Linky Thursday

Decorate your tree in no time with these easy to sew felt ornaments.

This sweatshirt recon was inspired by a cute, celebrity style.

Check out this review of Gingercake’s Lulu Lama and enter to win a Stash Builder box and more!

Always wanted to try StyleARC patterns, but didn’t want to commit to buying one? Now you can sign up for their newsletter and get the Barb Pant for FREE!

If you hate carrying your giant coupon book to the store with you, be sure to check out this much, much smaller modern version instead. I love it!

A good excuse to go ahead and eat those holiday treats…. Candy Wrapper Gift Card Holders!

It’s December 1 which means that Bernina is once again kicking off their holiday countdown! Today’s entry? This great Bernina Bag! Hurry, the winner is selected tomorrow!

Looking for some last minute holiday gifts to sew? These floor pillows are always a hit! Don’t need anything that big? How about new pillowcases instead?

I’m pretty sure that these fabric frisbees could still wreak havoc in our house, but I like the idea of bringing the fun indoors on cold, winter days.

If you love the mermaid tail blankets but are disappointed that they are only sized for kids, be sure to check out this free tutorial. made just for adults! Still looking for a great kid’s size? There’s a pattern for it in the December\January issue of Sew News (shameless plug).

The entire family can stay warm this winter with new, fleece hats.

The one hour shirt. Need I say more?

Learn how to upcycle sweaters into cute, holiday tree decorations or transform them into a new Christmas stocking.