Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Recycled Wreathe

Can you guess what this fabulous wreathe is made out of?  

It's made out of plastic bags.  Even though I have a million environmentally friendly grocery bags, I tend to forget to get them to the store.  Last time I got them as far as the front seat but never quite made it inside the store.  It'll have to be this year's resolution.  Anyway, I saw a wreathe similar to this and decided that I could easily make it.  I've taken a shine recently to white wreathes and this one is nice and fluffy.  I took the bags and cut the back side of them without the printing with my pinking sheers.  Then I cut the bag in half and then in strips about an inch wide.  I did not measure but eyeballed the whole thing.  Then I took a metal wire frame and looped the bag stripes on top of themselves.  This wreathe form had 4 wire strips so I was looping for awhile.  It took me about a bag a wire section so approximately 16 bags for the large wreathe form.  Throw on a bow and you are good to go.  It was a bit time intensive but a good sitting in front of the TV project and use for an item you would recycle anyway.  The only thing I actually paid for was the wire wreathe form.  

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Phoebe's Christmas Quilt

Because we all fight over the one flannel quilt that I made a few years ago, I had the great plan to make the kids their own flannel quilt for living room snuggling.  I bought the flannel last summer but never got around to the actual construction until this December.  Needless to say, I didn't have enough time to finish the quilts.  With all the toys the kids got, they didn't seem to mind that their quilts were unfinished.  However, a week of Christmas vacation is giving me plenty of time to finish up all the little Christmas projects that were left undone.  Who says that Christmas has to completely stop when Christmas arrives?

Here is a picture of Phoebe's Lot of Dots Christmas Quilt:

Elliot's quilt is almost the same with the same poka dotted squares but a different sashing.  I'll post a picture as soon as I get it done....  which hopefully will be this week. 

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Teacher Gifts

This years teacher gifts were these:
I used the super simple pattern from here that was highlighted in the Fall issue of Quilts and More magagzine.  They used it for a Halloween design but I thought that the small bags fit perfectly for little teacher gifts.  The bag makes a little lined tote that stands up by itself.  The neat thing about the pattern is that when you cut out the fabric it creates two opposite bags.  Once I was going and figured out the pattern, each bag took me about 15 minutes or so.  The only addition that I made was that when I cut out the bags I took a once inch square out of the bottom to make the square bottom easier to match up.  I find doing this easier than trying to fold in corners afterwards.  The end result is the same but I find making the notch in the bottom before sewing rather than easier. 

My goal was to only use fabrics that I already had for this.  I didn't buy any new fabric or ribbon.  Since they are small, you can use as little as two fat quarters to complete two bags.  This is a great little project. 

Aren't these flower ones so cute!

I loaded the bags with powdered hot cider, a candycane, three layer peppermint bark (recipe you can find on Soulemama's blog- see sidebar), and saltine brittle.  They were really cute and a lot easier than they look.  

Really, you could make these bags for any occassion.  They would be great for Easter gifts.  I think if I tinkered with the dimensions, they would make a perfect lunch bag also. 


Monday, December 13, 2010

Still Sewing

Sewed 15 bags so far.  Most of them for Jan for her kniting.  I also have done most of the top of a flannel lap quilt for one of the kids.  Now I have to put on a border and do some simple quilting and then another one..... before Christmas.  I have a few othere things to do as well.  Thus, the lack of blogging.  Pictures will be coming soon.  

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sewing, sewing, sewing

I feel like this star.  All blurry and frantic. 
I'm in the middle of crafting for Christmas this year.  I was basically glued to my sewing machine since Friday night.  I think I sewed 10 simple bags this weekend.  Mostly because Jan asked for bags for knitting projects.  I'll post a picture soon....  I'm also going to do some sort of project lable for the bags on some luggage tags I have.  Something like:  Project, yarn, instructions, etc....

Am I doing Ali Edward's December Daily this year?  I am not.  With NaNoWriMo, I just could NOT tackle it in Novemember.

I have on my list to make each kid a flannel quilt for snuggling in the living room.  I'm feeling a little anxious about the list.  I'll either make it or revise.  I do this every year and every year, I survive.