Since I slacked off so terribly as far as posting in December, I thought I’d share a few of the projects I completed for Christmas. For a couple of them I followed tutorials I found on the ‘net. For the others, I pretty much made them up as I went.
I try to make at least a few of my kids’ Christmas gifts each year. In addition to Joanna’s felt paper dolls, I also made this for Josiah:
It’s a roll-up chalk board mat, from a tutorial on the Moda Bake Shop blog. It was my first time to work with the vinyl chalkboard cloth. It came together very easily, and as long as you “prime” it first by scribbling all over it with chalk and then erasing a few times, it really does work well as a chalk board surface. This will be a handy toy for our many road trips!
The other project I made from an online tutorial was this fun Christmas tree skirt. I found this one on Pinterest. The tutorial is here. This was much easier than it looks, especially since someone else had already figured out the math, so all I had to do was cut and sew! I LOVE how it turned out!
Here it is under our tree. Please ignore the blurriness of the photo and our uncooperative tree lights. I’ve decided I’m not a fan of pre-lit trees…this is our third season with this tree, and by Christmas half of the lights had gone out. But at least it has a cute skirt!!
This next project ended up being a labor of love. In my mind, it was simple enough…I figured I could pull it off in a couple hours. After at least 8 hours of work, this Sofia the First-inspired dress up dress was finally complete:
I will probably never attempt something so complicated again, lol. I used a pattern I had on hand for the basic shape of the bodice, then added the purple braid and pearl trims. Easy enough. Then came the skirt…oh my goodness! There are 3 layers there, a satin under skirt, a satin skirt that consists of 6 rounded panels all pieced together, and then the sheer peplum. Let me tell you, all those fabrics are SO slippery, and gave me no end of fits trying to get them all together. I ended up hand gathering and hand basting them all together. After sewing on the pearl trim on the scalloped skirt by hand, I did go out and by pearl trim that was attached to a strip of fabric for the peplum edging. Much easier.
In the end though, Joanna love love LOVES this dress, so all the time, effort, and not-so-nice epithets hurled at my sewing machine were absolutely worth it! But I still hope she never asks me to make her prom dress!
The last project I’m going to share is another idea I saw several variations of on Pinterest, but this was easy enough to look at and figure something out. It’s a felt Christmas tree to hang on the wall. The idea is that the little kids can decorate and undecorate this one, so they’ll leave the real Christmas tree(s) alone. Well, that didn’t happen, but this was still fun:
This was super simple. I just folded a big piece of green felt in half and cut out the tree so both sides would be the same. Then I made 3 ornament templates out of card stock…a circle, an oval, and a diamond. I traced them on fabric, cut them out with pinking shears, pinned them to felt, stitched around the edge, then cut that out with pinking shears. Easy peasy. I did take photos, so if anyone wants a tute just let me know. But it really was easy!
Here’s Joanna posing with it…so it’s about life-size to a 4-year-old. They had fun with this!
One important lesson I learned this year–start sewing for the holidays MUCH earlier! So this year I’ll be posting my Christmas projects in July. Hehe!