Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I'm enjoying the Christmas season.  I sure hope you are as well!  I still have a few gifts that need to be finished.  I should easily be able to be finished by Epiphany.  I've been waiting to show off the doll I made for Christmas.   I had a hard time choosing what kind of doll to make for my 15 month old nephew.  I wanted a doll with fabric hair and clothing that was sewn right on the body.  I did a lot of pattern searching before settling on modifying the Black Apple Doll Pattern.  I really love the pattern as it is presented, but I wanted a little boy doll so some modification was in order. 

His hair is made from fleece.  His face, hands, and feet are made from flannel.  His shirt is made from a velour  shirt that my grandfather used to wear quite a bit.  His pants are made from a chambray work shirt that my grandfather often wore.  I modified the pattern to add hands and feet, make the arms a bit wider, make the legs much wider, and divide the dress into shirt and pants.  It was fun to make.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Knit Ornaments

Every year I like to make an ornament of some sort to send to my extended family.  This year, I opted to make knit ornaments.  They were pretty quick to make.  It was fun to choose scraps of yarn to use.   Here's a not-so-great picture of them.  The patten is from Handknit Holidays Knitting Year-Round for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Winter Solstice

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Advent 7

Today my nephew opened a onesie with an applique tie.  I first made an applique tie using this template for my nephew last Christmas.  I love that it makes him seem dressed up when he's wearing something comfy.    Last year, I used the same material that I had used for his Christmas pants.  To make it look more like I tie, I cut it out on the bias.  I don't have any pictures of what I made this year, but he sure was cute last year!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Advent 5

Today my nephew will open a hat.  I think the snowflake will work after Christmas as well. The hat is made from yarn leftover from the hat I made him last year.

I think it will be fun to make him a new holiday hat every year. 

I bet JK will post about the cool ornament she made me.

Friday, December 3, 2010


My sweet sister JK from Eat Play Laugh Often made me the sweetest Advent calendar.  I'd seen it on her blog, but hadn't seen it in person until today.  I love it!  I'm so lucky!

She was smart, she chose a color scheme that doesn't scream Christmas, so I can use it year round.  Rather than attach the numbers to the pockets, she made number tags to attach to the gifts.  You'll have to check out her blog to see what I've opened this far. I don't think she'll be able to top gift number two.  I love it! 

Today my nephew opened up a Christmas tree onesie that I made him.  It is a recreation of the onesie I made him last year.  I thought he was cute in it last year. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Finishing up non-Christmas projects

I noticed that I had several non holiday projects in various stages of completion taking up room on my sewing table.   I decided that I better finish them up now so there was some hope of them getting finished this year.

In late August or early September I started a bib following a mAde by autie tutorial.  It just needed the arms sewn shut and some velcro added to the back.  I'm not sure why I let that linger so long.

 Way back in October I heard that my generally not so fond of hats nephew loved wearing the Halloween costumer I made him including the hood. 
I decided that he needed another lion hat made with a fleece mane rather than a ribbon one so it would be machine washable.  He now seems to like all sorts of hats but I still think it's fun to have a costume-y hat for everyday wear.  The hat waited on my sewing table for weeks for me to sew in the lining and add the elastic.  Now it is done.  Yay! 

I also had some would be legwarmers waiting for me on my sewing table.  It seems to me that fleece legwarmers are a pretty good solution for the cold leg situation caused when pants pull up when little ones are carried.  Now the little guy can have warm legs when he's out and about.  To cut mine I cut a piece of fleece as wide as the circumference of my nephew's leg and just a bit longer (to allow for hemming) than the distance from his knee to his ankle.  I figured that because fleece is stretchy that they would stay up without need for any elastic.  It seems to work.

I have some other projects in need of finishing as well.  With some luck I will get them done tomorrow! What do you need to finish up?