The Christmas sewing was done on Christmas eve, in the early afternoon. Fortunately I had been wrapping things all along, so I only had two to wrap.
It was fun.
I don’t want to do it again for a while.
Like a year.
There were a couple of false starts where I took the recycle, upcycle, used, and regift directive too seriously and attempted to make all my gifts from dog food sacks. I made some cute bins and zipper bags, but felt they lacked universal appeal.
(I’ve been known to take things a little too far.)
Fortunately, I lost my enthusiasm for the project before it was too late. That dog food plastic was difficult to sew. I think I’ll save it for grocery bags from now on.
My first idea was to make everyone a ditty bag. I would sew numerous cosmetic bags, travel kit bags, and grocery bags, call them ditty bags and give each to an appropriate recipient.
In the end I couldn’t warm up to that idea either.
So, for my BIL, who cooks on a Big Green Egg, I made a green apron with a stencil decoration. For 4 of the men, I made zipper bags with carabiners at the top. (Those were blatant copies of a bag I saw, except mine are a different size.) I made t-shirt scarves for my two nieces, and an infinity scarf for my sister. For Mom I made a table runner using some bird fabric that I bought for her back in ’05 or ’06. (She loved it!) I also made a table runner for myself. I made a kitty hat for the sprout with an embroidered face. I also made a hat for myself (recurring theme here?) but I didn’t embroider the face on mine. Not that it wasn’t cute, but I had enjoyed all the embroidery I cared to by that time.
I think that’s everything.
The only one I’ll expound on here is the t-shirt scarf. I had seen some patchwork scarves online that I thought would be fun to make. A visit to the thrift store–children’s section–turned up plenty of cute t-shirts with graphics I liked. I washed them, then cut 10-inch wide sections from all usable seamless areas of the shirt. (I was not careful about length of the sections, just that they were 10 inches wide.) Next, I laid out the sections in a pleasing order, enough to sew 4 strips–two fronts and backs. Then I sewed the sections together to make strips, and two strips together to make a scarf. Kinda like they show here on Squidoo except I hemmed the ends and mine were a lot longer.
(I think some team-themed versions of these would be fun.)
Where are the pictures, you ask? Well, rather than put all the photos here, I made a Flickr! set with all the specifics. (Feel free to ask any questions here or there.)
Now that things are settling down, I’m burning up to sew for myself. Yesterday I mended everything that was in my way, and today I finished another project that had been hanging around for far too long.
I’ll tell you about that later. For now, I’m still enamored of Silhouettes yoga pants, so I expect I’ll be making a new version of those very soon. My pattern is freshly-fitted, thanks a to a feminine remake of some lounge pants that Mr H received and didn’t want.
Now that all this work is done, I’m the one lounging!