Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Gifts

Well this Christmas I was in such a hurry to get everything finished and wrapped, that I forgot to take pictures of some of the gifts I made! Here are a few things that I made from the book "Easy does it for Christmas" by Nancy Halvorsen. It is from the Art to Heart collection. Any of her books have super cute ideas.
The first picture is of some applique hot pads. I used the angel and snowman template for these. I did another applique of Santa onto a pillow for my sister, but forgot to take a picture.

About 2 years ago I had made Holly placemats, and not had time to do the napkins and rings. So this year I made these holly napkin rings (and coordinating napkins) and gave them to go along with the placemats.

Monday, December 21, 2009

A cute snowman

A lady from my church dropped these cute little snowmen of at my home for my girls. I thought they were darling and have decided to duplicate them and share them with you. If I find out where she got her idea I will come back and link it for you.
To start with for each snowman you need:
-1 pack starburst
-paper cut 3.5 x 6.5
-red felt cut 2 x 4
-small googly eyes
-orange foam sheet (or felt)
-small pompoms
-string (or yarn)
-hot glue gun
First take your white paper and wrap the Starburst like a present.

Then hot glue your red felt around the top.

Tie a string (or yarn) around the felt to make it look more like a hat.

Time to glue your small googly eyes and carrot nose (from felt or foam). Just use a black marker to make the dots for the mouth.

Then just tie a ribbon in a knot around the neck and hot glue 3 small pom poms down the front for buttons. Then you're done! We made a bunch today to give to cousins :)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Just in time

Well it took me long enough, but I did finish my girls' dresses and my little guy vest outfit just barely in time for Christmas. They wore all their coordinating outfits to church today and they all looked great! It was definitely worth all the early mornings.

For the girls' dresses I used Project Runway Simplicity pattern number 2767. The only modification I made was lengthening it and adding the fabric trim to the bottom. I used fabric from Joann's Casa collection. For the body of the dress I used and amethyst crepe fabric and then added the chifon (with the sparkly ducs) to the top, sleeves, and skirt. I loved the 3 roses on the waist. The 3 girls looked really cute in them.

For my little guy I made a vest, pants, & tie. For the vest and pants, I used fabric from the suitings section of Joann Fabrics and used Burda pattern 9732. The only change I made was to the cuff. For this outfit I just did a simple hemmed cuff. I lined the vest in purple to coordinate with the girls' dresses. For the tie, I used the same crepe fabric as for the girls' dresses and then I followed this tutorial. I had my husband tie it, then I cut the neck area off and hand sewed the upper edges so it wouldn't fall apart, and then added the elastic to go around the neck. It turned out pretty good.