Handmade Christmas 2016

I got back to sewing in December and made a bunch of presents for people for Christmas. I did manage to make one thing for myself before the year ended, but I will post about that another day.

My mom got a dark purple bamboo knit Cashmerette Concord T:

Concord T shirt for my mom

I made her one for her birthday last year and she really liked it.

I made a bunch of pj pants and shorts using the free pj pants pattern from 5 out of 4 patterns.

5 out of 4 PJ Pants

5 out of 4 PJ pants

5 out of 4 PJ pants

5 out of 4 PJ pants

The top two were made for two of my friends that I work with. The bottom two are for my stepkids. The pants all have pockets in them and every time I pointed that out the recipient was pretty excited about it!

I have plans to use up all the flannel I’ve been hoarding for myself for this and try out the pattern. If I used up my flannel, I’d clear off a shelf and get the surplus into my cabinet. Most of the surplus is fleece leftover from the next project so if I make some fleece tops then that is cleared, too! Plans to get my stash down by 10% are underway.

The next project was all self-drafted. And by drafted, I don’t mean to claim any professional skills, but that I eyeballed most things and made guesses and luckily it all worked out!

First up, I made three mermaid tail blankets!

Mermaid Tail Blanket

They are super cute. Two are adult size for my niece and sister and the one is a bit shorter for my youngest niece.

I made shark tail blankets for my nephew and brother in law:

Shark Tail Blanket

These are probably my favourite out of the lot. Those teeth make me giggle!

Finally, I made a Cashmerette Turner dress for my friend and couldn’t resist trying it on:

Turner Dress

It’s made with some lovely medium-weight knit that a friend gifted me. The colour and print looks great on my friend. It’s all coffee colours and was originally going to be a Gilmore Girls related gift with a Luke’s Diner brooch made by me, but I never got around to it. So she has to wait for that part of the gift. She sent me a pic of her wearing it for her birthday and Christmas Day and I was over the moon with happiness. She looked amazing.

That’s it for what I made for Christmas presents this year. My husband missed out on the handmade gifts this year sadly, but I tried to remind him that he got two wicked Star Trek uniforms earlier this year!

Did you make any handmade gifts this year?

Handmade Christmas

First off, happy new year to everyone! I have some catch up to do, because I was mostly sewing and not thinking about much else and not reading many other blogs, either, so it seems I have quite a lot of catching up to do everywhere. I’ve been off work since the 19th and sewing like crazy. I love sewing vacations!

Now that is it well past Christmas, I can talk about the gifts I made this year. It was my goal to mostly make my gifts. I am hoping next year I will do more of that. I found it to be more economical for me and far more meaningful.

Here is what I made:

1. For my lovely friend, Selena, who owns the Sleepy Owl Co and creates amazing custom handmade party decorations, I made a card and a bird ornament:

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2, 3, & 4. For my nieces and nephew, I made pajama pants:

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I made a total of four pj pants for this (but I won’t count one of them in the gift list). The grey and blue argyle flannel was delayed in the mail and in a flurry I decided to make them out of blue fleece in my stash. But then I delayed sending the presents and the argyle flannel arrived and I made the final pair of pants and sent the package of presents to them. The package still got to them in time, along with some tasty chocolate. The blue fleece pj pants, though, ended up being big enough for me. Score!

5 & 6. My stepkids also got pj pants:

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After six pairs of pj pants, I am now a pj pant expert.

I used the free Simplicity pj pant pattern. It’s an easy pattern to create. All the fabric, minus the Toronto Maple Leafs and the blue fleece came from Joann fabrics during their Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Even after the shipping prices, it was a very good deal. The Toronto Maple Leafs flannel was picked up locally and was ridiculously over-priced, imho. Licensed fabric here is ridiculous! And every time I look at flannel the prices scare me. Why is it so expensive? It’s for pj pants and quilts! Rant done. The blue fleece was acquired at the thrift store for $5 and I am glad that I go pj pants out of all that sewing. I also have two more prints cut out for myself and ready to go. I love lounging around the house in pj pants. Comfy, womfy.

All of the flannel pants got french seams. The fleece ones were just zigzag stiched and left with raw edges.

7. A sweater for my fiance:

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Horrible low quality image. Sorry about that. But I knit this with Lion Brand Wool-Ease using their free pattern for a raglan sleeve sweater.

That is all the gifts I made this year. I was hoping to make more, but the reality is that I should have started on them earlier than Dec. 10. I did a ton, though. 🙂

I made my usual rum balls this year, but refrained from all the usual Christmas baking I do. I think I might still make mincemeat tarts because my mom left me all sorts of jars of her delicious mincemeat and I should probably do the task of eating that. It’s such a difficult life…. (mmmm, mincemeat tarts).

If you didn’t notice, I make huge rum balls at the request of my fiance and they are rummmmmmm laden. Not for kids.

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I hope that you had a lovely Holiday and a wonderful New Year.

I have lots more to share with you in the next few days, including my new handmade coat and more!

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Here’s to 2015!

champagne-cheers