Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

All I have left to do is sew on a few snaps to the back of doll dresses and I will be officially done with Christmas gifts.  Today I finished the binding to the second quilt for my daughters.  

They are folded and ready to be gift wrapped.  I have more pictures of them on my flickr account here. They are both coin quilts to go along the end of their beds. I can't wait for Christmas!
Here is another mouse in hammock ornament, my last one for the year. He is sleeping cozily in his hammock waiting for St. Nick. On this guy, I added a piece of fabric around his neck to look like a shirt collar but also hides the stitching around the neck.  With the mouse ornaments, I gave a book called Mortimer's Christmas Manger.  It is darling story about a mouse looking for a home.
Here is another gift that I will make again for next year. These are rice therapy pillow packs that are so warm and soothing for long, winter days. There is a cute poem that goes along with the pillow packs. I made several this year for teachers using pretty 100% cotton flannel fabric.

If I had more time, I would have attempted these projects but instead I will save them for next year(click on the title to view the tutorials):

Mini Book Christmas Ornaments
Voile Scarf Tutorial
Christmas Tree Hot Pads
Gathered Clutch Tutorial

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Gifts and Wrapping Idea

Not much longer now so I've been sewing like mad. I do this every year and say the same thing - "next year I'm going to start in January!"  Maybe 2012.... sounds like a new group forming called Christmas Projects Once a Month or Christmas Ornaments Every Month.  Hmmm... following is what I have been busy sewing the last few days...
These are my felt angels singing Hark the Herald Angels Sing!  Find more pictures on my flickr account. An ornament from my grandmother inspired me to make these lovely angels. The one I have is very old but still in great condition. These little gifts will last a very long time. Lots of stitching and detail involved but once you get started, it goes by quickly. And they are so much fun to make! I love getting out all the beads and sequins at Christmastime. It's hard not to overdo it with the embellishments because they are so fun but don't add too much, unless you are going for the gaudy look. Wouldn't a table top tree full of these singing angels look so divine?
Another mouse in a hammock ornament complete. This one is smiling waiting for Santa's arrival and wondering what kind of cheese will be under the tree this year. This is another felt ornament that is addicting. Warning: it's hard to stop at just one!
Mr. Owl is for a teacher who loves owls. I hope she loves this one too! Owls are one of the easiest stuffed animals to make because of their shape. I highly recommend giving one a try!
Tip of the year:  use old tins to wrap your gifts this year. I've been collecting tins while thrifting the last few months. They make great boxes to put gifts in. What's even better, you can fit several small gifts into one. Also, the gifts inside don't get smashed and you don't have to wrap! Who needs all that extra wrapping paper that ends up in the trash? This wrapping can be reused or used for decoration. It's a winner all the way around! And that's a wrap (no pun intended).

Thursday, December 8, 2011

17 More Days

I'm making some progress with Christmas gifts... presenting one of my mouse in hammock ornaments..

I am working on a grey mouse now.  It's so fun picking out fabric for the blanket, pillow, and night cap. I think Mr. Mouse needs a Mrs. Mouse!  Maybe instead of a night cap, a little lace cap would suit Mrs. Mouse.  Hmmm...
Also, the coin quilts for my daughters are coming along nicely.  This picture shows only part of the quilts.  I have 3 rows of pieced fabric in each quilt.  As you can see, my girls have very different color preferences.  I love being able to play around with both color schemes.  Also, it's been great using a lot of my fabric stash!  This picture on flickr inspired me to try a coin quilt.
My latest Pyrex find - Rosette!  And I found the lid with it!  Lids and saucers are usually nowhere to be found.  I believe this pattern is from the 60's and was a promotional item.  So pretty.

Wishing everyone sewing success and speed as we count down 17 days until Christmas!
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