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…

Maddy

 

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….

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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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custom slippers for a fabulous sister

this is one of my proudest projects to date. i would be lying if i said it all went smoothly. but it was worth it, they came out better than i expected. i was pretty worried about the fit since my sister lives across the country and i had to do some guessing. they ended up being a little loose in the back so i sewed in some thin elastic, cinching the slipper tighter around the foot, and after that the fit was great!

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warmers for winter

my mom is always cold. every evening, for as long as i can remember, she fills a hot waterbottle and carries it with her all around the house. to help keep her warm, i decided to make her heating pads and hand warmers for christmas. here’s how they came out…

warmers

diy christmas

for many years now i have given one homemade christmas gift for a family member. i love to make gifts and they are always appreciated, especially by my parents who have kept everything i’ve ever made. this year i decided to challenge myself and make ALL of my christmas gifts. i wasn’t sure if i could do it, but it’s december 31, 2013 and i have yet to buy a gift this holiday season. thank goodness for our dear friend the internet. here is what i set out to make and the inspiration for my ideas:

mom…heating pad and hand warmers
http://www.marthastewart.com/274869/our-favorite-sewing-projects/@center/326405/how-to-sew#268735
http://www.armommy.com/holidays/a-little-cozy-goes-a-long-way-and-a-hand-warmer-diy/

dad…grill cover
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-a-diy-grill-cover-132038

sister…slippers
http://www.marthastewart.com/864540/stephanies-sewn-felt-slippers

brother-in-law….guitar strap
http://oneshabbychick.typepad.com/one_shabby_chick/2011/11/guitar-strap-tutorial.html

friends…infinity scarves

favorite 1 year old…baby blocks
http://sewlikemymom.com/baby-blocks-tutorial/