First up we have some simple drawstring gift bags for Christmas - the size of each was determined by the fact that I wanted to use up some Christmas prints I had hanging about ;) These (boxed bottom) bags were all made using this tutorial, but in varying sizes.
Next up - some zipper bags based on Crafty Staci tutorials :D I call these my not-a-hotpad zipper bags, as the original pattern was for a hotpad, but I hax0red them into zipper pouches :D First up are my pink birdies from the Bluebird pattern :)
mitten hotpad, so out came the sewing machine :D I made it about an inch narrower than the pattern - it worked better with the zipper I was using. This one is a new-to-me project and counts as one of my 52 in 16 (52 new bags in 2016) projects :)
I started these polar bear hand puppets several years ago - I don't even remember why I didn't complete them then, but I thought it would be nice to get them done and into the gift box :) The tutorial is here - I used washcloths from Costco :D
This bag worked out really well so it's going in my gift box :) I was making a Retreat Bag for a friend, using some of her fabric. I hadn't made one in a while and I was a bit nervous about using her special fabrics, so I warmed up by making this one first, LOL. Both of them worked out very well, so I don't know why I worried :D And now that I'm thinking about it, I forgot to get a picture of hers - oh well! It was gorgeous, IIDSSM ;)
This next bag also counts as one of my new 52 in 16 bags, but it didn't work out quite as well as I would like. The tutorial is here - I bought a pair of kids jeans @ the thrift store so I could cut off the legs for this, lol. Next time around I'll stitch the bottom seam from the inside instead of the outside - I'm also going to box the bottom to give it a nicer shape. I couldn't get fabric paint when I was making it so the acrylic paint I used cracked a bit on the fabric - I thought I could get away with it but nope! This is a cute project - it's a great way to upcycle worn out jeans - I even bought more jeans for - the bag is very quick and easy to make :)
Mickie! Another 52 in 16 project - my last for the month (5 done in January - I'm impressed with myself, lol) - I'll make one minor change the next time around - I added quilt batting to this one, and it made the project thick enough that I couldn't get it pressed completely pucker-free. You can see tiny little puckers at each side of the ears - I pressed and pressed but couldn't get rid of them. Next time I'll just interface all the layers and I bet I'll be able to press it better :) Tutorial here :)
I'm very pleased with these next new to me items - I got 2 sets of 3 hand puppets completed - one set is for a birthday gift in February, the other set goes into the gift box :) The pattern is Woodland Animals Felt Hand Puppets, a $ pattern from Craftsy here - I haven't made the badger yet (there are 4 critters in the pattern - fox, hedgehog, badger and raccoon) but I will eventually :)
How's this for cute? LOL! Reindeer stuffy - new to me, and a Christmas gift - he's a bit bigger than I would like so next time around I'm going to shrink him by 25 or 30% - I want him sized more like a beanbag than a stuffy :D Tutorial here :)
One last project, then that's it for tonight - it's past my bedtime, lol. This is my favourite of my finishes - it's just a simple notebook cover, but I love how it turned out :) I'm not sure if you can see from the photo (and sorry about the different background colours - that's the problem with photographing in the basement dungeon) - the raindrops are little seed beads in different colours :) I was out with hubby today doing running around, and I took the project with me and beaded most of it in the car! New to me, and right into the gift box it went :) (Here's a post from Jennifer @ Ellison Lane - she's the designer!)
|Outside - front cover :)|
|Inside - there are pockets (trimmed with ribbon) on each side, and a piece of elastic (on the right) holds the pages :)|
|Outside back - a rainbow without rain :D|
WHEW! That was a lot of photography and typing and link finding - I'm going to get this post uploaded to my favourite linky parties - both from Celtic Thistle Stitches - New to Me in 2016 and Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew - brand spanking new for 2016!