Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

I know, I know. It’s been quite a while hasn’t it? It’s amazing how a tiny embryo can sap your will to live plus any and all desire to sew. Well now that I’m in the second trimester (yup that was a pregnancy announcement if you didn’t catch it!) my urge to puke has finally gone and the sewing bug has come back in full force, and thankfully it was just in time for my Christmas sewing! So without further ado, here’s what I made my family for Christmas.

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For starters I made a zillion aprons. Ok, it was only four but if felt like a zillion 😉 For the pattern I followed this tutorial from Purlbee.

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All of them were made from medium weight 100% linen fabric from Joann’s and the pockets made from scrap fabric from my stash.

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I just knew all those little-but-too-big-to-throw-away pieces would come in handy! The aprons went to my parents and in-laws.

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For my sister’s boys I made them Star Wars pj bottoms since she told me they are very into all things Star Wars right now. The fabric was from Joann’s and the pattern was a free one from fabric.com. Overall quite simple and very cheap to make (and my sis tells me they were a hit!)

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For my sister’s teenage girl I made her a teenage mutant ninja turtle cross-body purse. The TMNT fabric and the ribbons were from Joann’s, and the denim from my stash. The pattern is a free tutorial here.

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I had a special request for this cloak from my sister’s younger daughter. She had seen this one I made for my daughter on her birthday and requested one in purple for Christmas. And so here it is!

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The pattern is the Red Riding Hood cloak from Oliver + S book of Little Things to Sew. I used a stretch purple crushed velvet and shimmery berry lining fabric both from Joann’s. To make it extra special I added some beautiful gold trim to the hood, also from Joann’s. I’d have to say I love this cloak for dress up! It always turns out so stunning.

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For my two young nieces on my husband’s side I made some hand-kites using wooden teething rings from etsy and different colored satin ribbons which I simply knotted on. I also personalized them by writing each girl’s name on it. I love this gift so much for young kids! Beautiful, fun, cheap, and easy!

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My daughter had requested a dress-up dress for Christmas. A PINK dress-up dress. She doesn’t know about Frozen yet but I thought this free tutorial from Peek-a-boo patterns was just perfect anyhow! And so I ransacked Joann’s and Hobby Lobby for all the shimmery pink fabrics I could find and put together this little number. What I ended up using was a shimmery white spandex for the yoke/sleeves, a glittery light pink stretch velvet for the bodice, pink poly satin for the underskirt, pink iridescent tissue lamé for the over skirt, and shimmery white organza for the cape.

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Not only is it bursting with glittery pink spectaular-ness but it’s also stretchy and very comfortable which is perfect for play clothes! This is hand’s down her most favorite thing I’ve sewn her to date!

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Lastly I made my son a backpack. I’ve made quite a few of these over the years (five others actually!) and they’ve always been a huge hit.

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The pattern is a Made by Rae pattern which you can find here. For the fabric I used a Japanese “hungry wolf” light-weight canvas from this shop on Etsy.

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I love this fabric so stinking much! The colors! The wolves licking their chops! Just perfection. For the contrast fabric I used some teal cotton twill from Joann’s.

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I lined the inside with a bright red cotton to match the wolves tongues. Not creepy at all right? Right.

Well there you have it! I wanted to get so much more done for Christmas, like outfits for the kids, but I’m just glad I was able to get all the gifts completed. Did you sew gifts for Christmas or do you prefer to take a break for the holidays?

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10 thoughts on “Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

  1. That backpack is great. I might have to get the pattern. Ellie hasn’t seen Frozen either but she would probably like the dress all the same. I did absolutely no sewing this year despite grand plans. Growing a person definitely saps will to live, cook, create, etc.

    • I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth with that backpack pattern! It’s such a great gift and I think just about all my younger nieces/nephew’s have gotten one from me. Are you expecting as well? If so, congrats! The brain/energy drain is crappy the baby at the end is pretty nice 😉

  2. Wow – you had a SUPER productive Christmas sewing blitz! Your extended family must love you to pieces with all handcrafted goodness you gifted them with:) My favorite is your son’s backpack – that fabric is perfectly awesome!
    And congrats on your latest project . . . growing a new baby! Super exciting, and glad to hear that you’re feeling better. Such a fun time of anticipation for you:)

    • Thanks Lucinda! I was pretty desperate to do some sewing after not feeling up to it for so long… so my family reaped the benefit 🙂 The backpack is my favorite too! I can’t get over those wolves!

  3. I LOVE that wolf fabric too (‘cept I’m old enough that I’d be singing Duran Duran non stop while sewing it!). The pink princess dress is just the most beautiful thing. How lovely of you to create exactly what she wanted, and how fortunate that it didn’t have to be blue!
    Finally, congratulations on the growing baby and best wishes for a happy 2015 (and all that will bring!)

    • Thanks so much! I totally agree, Japanese + wolves = amaze 😉 And my girl agrees with you on the pink princess dress.
      Happy 2015 to you and yours as well! 🙂

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