Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Dashing through the snow...

Well, I was a busy little elf last week stitching away and shopping for Christmas gifts. Other than one little giftcard I need to get, I am finished. Whooohooo! Everything is wrapped, Santa has been seen, and I will deliver all the teacher gifts this week.

I do want to share some simple and quick gift ideas to stitch up for last minute gifts and most with a tutorial link!

1. I made some more composition book covers for a few of the teachers and our fantastic babysitter. These are super fun and easy to whip up. Our babysitter is a grad student in a microbiology lab and actually uses a composition book for all her lab notes. Needless to say she was thrilled to receive a fancy lab book cover and her lab mates were quite jealous, too (at least the girl ones were)! I used Jedi Craft Girl's Quilted Composition Cover Tutorial.

2. In the last sewing class I tought, only 2 ladies were able to come due to the ice storm Dallas received last weekend. So I decided to just postpone the lesson planned and we made scrap ornaments using Jenny's pattern at Stumbles and Stitches instead. I did mine a little different. I pieced a bunch of strips leftover from my Mae's Daisy Quilt and put batting on the back and quilted. I then traced out a bunch of stockings and then stitched together wrong sides together leaving an opening on the top. I stuffed a tad bit of poly-fil (or cotton balls would work) and then added the ribbon and stitched the top closed.

3. I made great mimi some oven mitts, which are replicas of mine that I love so dear, but they look terrible with stains and holes. Don't worry, I made myself a pair too! Fabric is from JoAnn's two years ago. If you are interested in a pattern for these, I can trace mine and post a pdf. Let me know if so in the comments. I have had so many pot holders over the years but these are the perfect shape and size. It is triple layered with cotton batting and thermal/insulation interfacing.

4. I made each of the teachers a zipper pouch and key fob as well. I love this gathered zipper pouch tutorial by noodlehead! It was easy to make and just took a little bit more time but so worth it!

For the key fobs, I just took two 2" strips of fabric and pieced long sides together. Then pressed them as if I was making double sided bias tape and topstitched each side. I then cut the pieces to the size I needed and attached the key fob hooks to them.

Funny story: Yesterday, when I was picking up little relish, her teacher asked me where I got my key fob and I had to tell her she might or might not be getting one too! lol

And that is it, my friends! I hope you get your Christmas shopping and stitching finished soon and can enjoy time with your family.

I would like to leave you with my sweet relishes visiting Santa!

 

ps - big relish is so stinking proud that she sat on Santa's lap this year! {and so am I!}

Merry Christmas!

Melissa

6 comments:

  1. Awesome gifts! I have a couple of gifts to make so I might use a couple of these. The little relishes are adorable! :-)

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  2. you have been busy and made some delightful gifts

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  3. What lovely gifts! Merry Christmas.

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  4. Great gifts, and thanks for all of the links.

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  5. Oh Melissa! These are some great gifts...I love those zipper pouches!!! The stockings and the covers are adorable too. Maybe I have some time to whip up one or two:) Merry Christmas to you and your little relishes! So nice to have met you this year. See you in 2014:)

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