Cloth Napkins -
I made these for the kids' lunch boxes, but I'm sure they'll get used for other meals, too. They picked out the fabric several months ago. I was going to finish them with a hem when my friend Heather inspired me to finished them with a rolled edge on the serger instead. I made these using three needles, removable stitch finger removed, on 4-4-7. That setting worked great and this was the easiest.gift.ever. I wish I could make them for everyone I know. Didn't have the time this year, though.
Crayon Rolls (no crayons added yet) -
These were easy and fun. I used this tutorial. Indigo's been wanting something from the fish fabric for over a year and a half now, so I hope she likes it. Jude requested the firetruck fabric.
For my girls -
I bought the shirts on sale and appliqued them with the matryoshkas left over from their hoodie dresses. I also made one for my Goddaughter, baby Violet. So easy.
Inspired by these Anthropologie dish towels, I appliqued two dish towels.
I bought the dish towels at a local grocery store. See, I told you I was keeping it simple!
Using leftover fabric scraps from Amy Butler's lovely Love collection, Dan and I made these magnets.
I bought a bunch of button cover kits in various sizes. I covered the buttons, then Dan cut off the button shank on the back of each button and epoxy glued a magnet to the back.
I had some of the aforementioned leftover fabric because I made this yoga bag carrier for my dear friend Mindy.
The bag has three pockets to hold water, keys, and the like.
And it's fully lined.
I used this free Amy Butler tutorial and it was a dream to sew. The only part that got a little tricky was hemming the top of the bag because there were so many layers of fabric. At the strap there were 12 layers + interfacing (!). What I did (after several attempts) was increase my stitch length to 4 and at the strap, cut the fabric even with the rest of the hem and finish the strap only with a zigzag stitch versus trying to roll the hem and sew through 12 layers. It laid nicer that way, too. I hope she likes it!
I had been eying this napkin/placemat set for my sister.
photo from The Purl Bee (here)
I kept wrestling with how I could possibly make these for her before Christmas being they are all hand sewn. Then I realized - They are all hand sewn! She doesn't need a machine. She could make them for herself. So instead of making them for her, I put together a kit for her with all the materials needed (fabric, thread, needles, fabric marker, scissors, pins) along with the tutorial so she can make them for herself. Is that crazy? In my defense, she has talked about wanting to get into sewing for a long time. And if she decides she doesn't want to bother with it, I'm going to tell her that I'll make them for her. I love hand sewing.
At Jude's school, the kids had a Secret Santa exchange and the only rule was that the gift had to be handmade with the child's help. Dan and Jude made this bird house for his classmate.
They made it from cedar. Jude did some of the sanding and he did the cutting too. He loved telling his classmates how he got to use Daddy's big saw (with one hand in his pocket and Dan's hand over his other hand).
Dan made Indigo this dollhouse.
It's so sweet! He did a great job.
Here are two of my angels.
I was trying to teach them how to make paper snowflakes, but they had their own ideas and decided to make angel wings instead. They then asked me to pin them to their shirts. They pretended to be angels for the rest of the afternoon. Be still my heart!