Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Handmade Christmas - part 2

Here's the kids edition of my handmade Christmas!  As Santa is a very busy man, he commissioned me to make some of the presents for the kids.

Mr A and Miss S were getting a kitchen for Christmas so Santa asked me to make some accessories to go with it. Obviously any budding chef needs an apron, oven mitt and tea towel to use so that's what I set out to do.

I wanted to be a bit thrifty and inspired by this blog post, I repurposed an old pair of my jeans into two kiddie sized aprons. I used some cotton tape for the  straps instead of the jeans side seam. To make them more individual I made a very simple patch pocket from some fabric I had in my stash. The flowers for Miss S is some cotton duck from Cath Kidston,  the hippos for Mr A was from IKEA.

 For their tea towels I simply cut one of my old tea towels, which was beginning to develop a hole in the centre, in half and hemmed the cut edge. For the oven mitts, I used this tutorial as a guide. However, instead of using batting I used another old worn out tea towel.

As you can see they and the kitchen went down well Christmas morning.

Santa also made note that Mr A and Miss South both liked having me pin towels to their shoulders so they could be superheros and figured that they really needed proper capes which they would find in their stockings. I used the Super kid cape pattern which is free on Craftsy (thanks for the recommendation Becky!). It's such an easy pattern to sew up, even for a beginner like me! And they're a hit. Although, Miss S pretends to be Elsa about as often as she's a super hero, which she never did with mammy's tea towel capes! Obviously, her new Cape is now suitably swishy. For Mr A I used some royal blue and chevron fabric (speed stripes for a boy that never stops running), and for Miss S, I used red and white polka dot and plain red fabric (a little feminine without being very girly).

Mr C, being only just 3 months today (where has that time gone!?), got something a little smaller. In his stocking Christmas morning he found this little guy.

Sunshine Yarns Merino Worsted, colourway Crookshanks (with a name like that it had to be a cat right?).  114 m/71 g
Knit Picks Bare Worsted, 54 m/27 g

This is a great pattern with lots of photos and step by step assembly instructions. He's already been chewed on a bit so I think he's going to be (and already is) a well loved toy.

As you can see I had a busy handmade Christmas but it was all worth it!

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Handmade Christmas - part 1

Now that everyone have receivedone their gifts I thought I'd share some of the projects that have kept me busy for the last while.

First up, himself finally got the pair of socks I started for him back in May. They were set aside half way through the first sock so I could get some baby knitting done. In October I finished the first sock only find that it was way to loose! So it was ripped out and reknit the pair in time for Christmas.  I used a pack of Sunshine Yarns Classic sock yarn gradient mini skeins with some Knit Picks Felici for the toes.

Next were some gifts for some friends from my university days. Every year we try our best to meet up around Christmas to catch up. We usually do secret santa but this year we decided to change things up a bit. Edith, had a great idea to limit our gifts to each other to something that fit in an envelope with a Christmas card. It could be bought or handmade but it had to be small. So I got thinking and came up with a few ideas.
I made each of the girls and myself a bookmark from some fabric scraps I had left over from various projects. It was a very simple project.
I cut two pieces of fabric about 3 inches X 7 inches (I can't remember exactly). I then ironed fusible interfacing to the wrong side of one piece.
With right sides facing I sewed them together leaving about an inch gap at one of the ends. I turned them right sides out and pressed them before inserting a loop of ribbon into the gap and top stitching around the bookmark. All done in no time and a great use for fabric scraps.

Along with the bookmarks I made a little something different for each of the girls. For Edith I made some drinks coasters. They are super quick too. I cut 6 pieces fabric (cotton duck from Cath Kidston), 3 inches x 3 inches, then used pinking shears on the edges. I then cut some coordinating felt for the backing, about 4 inches X 4 inches. I used 2 pieces of different coloured felt for each coaster. Using some double sided fusible interfacing, I attached the fabric to the top layer of felt before sewing them together. I then used more double sided fusible interfacing to add the second layer of felt.

As Elaine has recently moved back to Boston, I made some hand warmer packs, using this tutorial. 

I knit a mug cozy for Mary. I used the Hugs and Kisses mug cozy pattern. It took about 16 g/ 32 m of  Woolcraft Aran. 

I knit washcloths for Edel and Jen. I used my go to pattern, Grandmother's favourite, but I also tried out the leafy washcloth pattern. I've had this in my queue for a while. The pattern is quick and well written and the end result is cute. I knit the garter stitch version but there are also instructions to make a stocking stitch version. 

Pattern: Leafy washcloth
Yarn: 28 m/18 g Lily Sugar n Cream

Yarn: 46 m/30 g Lily Sugar n Cream

I'll be back in a few days to share what Santa commissioned me to make for the kids!