Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year and hope all is well thus far!

2011 ended with great accomplishments creatively (and, personally)!

I love making/giving (and, receiving) handmade gifts!  For my family in Chicago, I purchased fleece to make throws.  For my niece and youngest nephew, I added binding (cotton and microsuede fabrics) to the edge of their throws.

For my dad, I used a solid blue cut of fleece and a cut of  flannel shirting fabric for the backing.  No binding, I "quick-turned" the edge!

For my sister's throw, I simply fringed the edge using pinking shears.  It turned out lovely!  And, for my eldest nephew's throw (not shown), I fringed the edges of his solid blue fleece using regular shears.

They all are enjoying their throws!

In between Christmas sewing, I purchased flannel and cotton remnants from JoAnn's to make boxers for my son.  When my two youngest daughters knew I was sewing boxers; they wanted boxers, too!
I found a really nice cut of pink flannel with black silhouette print of ladies on them in the remnant bin and made a pair for the 2nd oldest daughter...she loved them!  NOTE: if you are going to shop from the remnant bins, make sure that you have at least 26" or more of fabric; or just purchase 7/8 yard of your fabric choice!

It's a really simple and free pattern on Burdastyle; Michael Boxers pattern!  I am still sewing boxers!  Valentine's Day is fast approaching!  A nice present for your hubby!

Since I was on a flannel "thing" AND my brother and his wife had their first baby, I have been sewing cloth diapers!  There is a great and free pattern, Rita's Rump Pocket!  I found her instructions to be very easy to follow and they were pretty quick to make.

I will be making inserts for these diapers using the microcloths (?) that you use to dry your car.  You can purchase a pack at Wal-Mart (Automotive section) cheap!  When sewing with this pattern, I suggest sewing the channel for the elastic.  It looks better and it snugs the legs better - no leakage!  I will be making more of these throughout the year to donate!

Until next time....HAPPY SEWING/CREATING!