March 2018
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Handmade Christmas

I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to sew Christmas presents this year, but I still managed to make a few little things. I figured I’d share them with you.

(If you’re not that interested in sewing, you might want to go ahead and skip this one.)

Ok, first up is the big one. A “blue cape” (her request) for Lilian:


I used the Red Riding Hood pattern from Little Things to Sew (affiliate link). I ordered all of the fabric for it from… and then they just sat on my order. And sat on it. And then sent me an email letting me know that they were going to keep sitting on it. I ended up buying a silk voile at a local store. I think I ended up with a better fabric in the end, but this one ended up being a bit of a rush sew.

All in all, I was quite happy with the way this one came out. Lilian was pretty happy with it too! I had a hunch that Lilian wanted the cape to play Frozen with, so I tried to give it a wintery feel. The trim is just some minky that I cut into strips and then glued on. I have a ton of it left, so if it doesn’t hold up well I’ll replace it and sew it down better.

My other big project was my secret santa present for my step-mom, aka Pamma. I made her a shadow box with a bunch of knitting supplies. I got the idea from here. It doubles as a decoration. I used a shadow box with a side access panel, so I think she should be able to get stuff out of it pretty easily.


I made a little knitting needle/crochet pouch to put inside it. I used the pattern here.


The pouch came out so well, I would totally make more of them. It seems like it would work well for art supplies, or makeup brushes. It also uses a lot of smaller pieces of fabric, so it’s a decent stash buster.


My final sewing project was a thread catcher for my grandmother. She is always sewing presents for all of us, so I wanted to make something for her. But what do you sew for a woman whose best friends are constantly making beautiful things for her? I searched Pinterest for “sew present for grandma” and got lucky. I found a pattern here.


I was really pleased with the way this one came out. And Grandma didn’t have one yet!

I had a ridiculously busy December, so I was pretty pleased with what I was able to turn out. I’m looking forward to more sewing projects in the new year!

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