I sewed up several things over the last several weeks that I never posted about because they were gifts. And I realized as I started this post that I neglected to even take photos of several of them before I sent them off! Oh well! I’m going to write about them anyway!
Most recently — as in last Friday — I made 3 small fabric “beach balls” for a friend who’s due with her second baby in March. I gave her a big pack of diapers (since it was a diaper shower) but I wanted to throw in a little something handmade as well. I used this pattern, and these were pretty quick and easy to put together. I used scraps of flannel that I already had in my stash, so the only thing I had to buy was another bag of polyfill since I didn’t have quite enough left from previous projects to fill all three balls. The pattern called for hand-sewing circles on each end to add to the beach ball look…but I decided I liked them just fine without the end caps.
(While I was sewing these closed, Emma got very excited about them — and really, these are great for kids because they can be tossed around without hurting anyone or anything. I think I’ll be making our own set any day now.)
The rest of my projects were done as part of a meme of sorts. Wayyyy back in January LAST year, a bunch of people were posting variations on the same idea on Facebook — something along the lines of “the first five people to comment will get a surprise gift from me sometime this year!” I joined the fun, but switched it up to say that people would get a hand-sewn gift. So in December, as 2013 began to wind down, I finally started making good on my promise to those five people: my friends Jen, Becca and Carter, my cousin Pam, and my sister Katie.
(Well, to be honest, I made good to 3-4 of those 5 people. Becca’s is done, but I haven’t actually seen her since I finished it last month, so she doesn’t have it. I’m posting anyway, so sorry for ruining your surprise, Becca! And my poor sister will be waiting for her item for a few weeks more, although she didn’t know it until right now. Sorry Katie!)
For Jen, Becca, and my cousin Pam, I picked projects from this “Bags” book that I picked up at Half Price Books in Corpus Christi over Thanksgiving. Jen and Pam each got a Pleated Zipper Wristlet in different color schemes and sizes. Becca will get — whenever I finally see her — an Elegance Clutch. (The photos above are from the book, not what I made.)
While I was at it, I couldn’t resist making something for Jen’s almost 2-year-old daughter. I had already planned to make a monster doll for Emma for Christmas, so I just made two instead — one for each girl!
For Carter, I made a men’s bag using this Boxy Dopp Kit tutorial and some green and gray plaid flannel. The bag turned out bigger than I had anticipated, but hopefully he finds it useful for something, or at least just fun to have.
Hooray for making things!