baby blocks

by the time i got to the baby blocks i was pretty over sewing. but how could i stop just before the gift for my favorite red-headed 1 year old? no way! so back to it i went and surprisingly this project went pretty quickly.

as it turned out i had more trouble putting the sewing machine away after that than i thought. i found myself working on the new years dress a few days later…




infinity scarves

in the beginning i wasn’t sure that friend gifts counted in my diy christmas gift challenge, but the deeper i got into it the more wrong it felt to give something store bought. who doesn’t love a cozy jersey infinity scarf? they are pretty quick to make and i found some great fabrics that really matched the friends i wanted to give them to. i don’t have any photos of these yet but if i get some i will add them.

back-breaking grill cover for dad

this one was tricky. my online inspiration was for a very different shape and sized grill so i really had to forge my own way. i ran out of fabric more than once as i needed at least 2x the amount that i originally thought!

this project was very cumbersome given the size and weight of the fabric. but i got some great tips from a sweet woman at my local fabric shop: 1) put masking tape on the foot of the sewing machine so that it doesn’t stick to the oil cloth! 2) use masking tape rather than pins to hold the fabric together since with oil cloth the holes don’t close up like with other softer fabrics. she saved me a lot of frustration!

the cover had just been shipped across the country and back to my parents house in PA so it’s a little wrinkly in the photo, but miraculously it fit perfectly! i couldn’t be happier….


ringing in the new year

what’s better than celebrating the new year with great friends?!
here is my attempt at trying to photograph the dress i made for the occasion…my first wearable clothing item! it’s tough to tell from the photo but the dress is made from a black/silver sparkly stretchy material.

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