I won! And yet another Christmas present on the loose…

I got home from my family’s Christmas gathering yesterday and was reading through the new posts on my google reader and found out I was a winner of Wink Designs amazing giveaway!  My jaw nearly dropped on the floor while I was reading her post.   I guess I am a little lucky… 🙂

I made this bamboo handle purse for my sister-in-law for Christmas.  It was a fun purse to make.  I used this tutorial by Oh, Fransson! and just used the bamboo handles instead of the fabric loops.  (I cut the dimensions to 14w x 14t if you’re wondering).

It was a bit tricky trying to sew the handles in, but it worked!  I also referenced this tutorial from Little Birdie Secrets.  I love this fabric combination of Amy Butler Optic Blossom in Olive and Alexander Henry Fashionista Mod Dot in Nude. 
I think they’d also make a super cute baby quilt, hopefully someone I know will have a baby girl soon!

Emily’s Christmas Shirt and a gift

I finally feel like I might be turning a corner with my sewing projects.  I’ve gotten quite a few crossed off the old list, but then again, I seem to add another one each day. 

I decided it was a good idea at eleven one night to start Emily’s Christmas shirt.  It wasn’t a bad idea, the whole shirt from cutting the fabric and figuring the measurements to the finished shirt only took less than an hour.  And it fits!  At least she doesn’t care about what she wears like her older sister.  For now anyway…

I used the blueprints tutorial again, but left the elastic out of the sleeves.  I also added a contrast bottom to the hem.  I figured with this fabric combination she can wear it past Christmas.  How cute is it with jeans?! 

My next project had been on my list for a long time, I’m now wondering why I waited sooo long to make it?  It took all of 15 minutes and I think it’s quite handsome.  What is it you ask?  It’s a foot warmer for my brother for Christmas!  He spends a lot of time on the computer and always gets cold feet (it runs in the family, spending time on the computer and getting freezing cold feet that is).  I’ll be making more of these for sure, hope he likes it!


Christmas Dress

I just loved this picture when I saw it on Flickr, the present pockets were the cutest!  I then realized I NEEDED to make the girls Christmas outfits.  Something fun of course.

I went with this Blueprints tutorial and made a dress for Natalie.  I used the size 4 measurements and it fits really well!  I did add 3 rows of shirring around the chest because I neglected to account for an a line skirt when I cut for the dress.  Of course it needed pockets for bouncy balls and whatnot.  I sort of went with the same pocket as this one on MADE.  I just added a casing at the top to run elastic through then added the buttons. 

The icing on the cake was that when I showed it to Natalie in the morning, she immediately put it on and wore it all day!

Now I’m on to make something for Emily.

Too bad it’s finally winter here today…

Oh yeah, if you’re running short on sewing time and like the dress, Sew en Love’s (the woman who made the dress on flickr) etsy shop is here, she has so many cute dresses for Christmas!