Crafty Times: Christmas Things

Every year I tell myself that I’m going to make my Christmas gifts and every year I fail at doing so.  But not this year!  This year was different.  I had the motivation!  I had ideas! I had the supplies!  Well, some of it.

My first project was a stocking for Max.  He could’ve just used an old one of ours, but I wanted him to have his very own.  And I wanted to make it.  I found this pattern on Pinterest.  BTW, isn’t Pinterest just the greatest?  You can follow me here.  Ok, getting off track.  So I found the pattern, got the specs on how much fabric I needed and went to Jo-Ann’s with my coupons.  I chose three different fabrics, some ric rac and some buttons for accents.  It was a super easy pattern to follow.  It took me an afternoon to make (it probably shouldn’t have taken me that long, but when you’ve got a baby at your feet putting everything in his mouth you can’t get much done).  I’m so pleased with the way it came out!

For my second project I made a set of pillowcases for my brother.  I, again, found this pattern on Pinterest and the name is true, the easy pillowcase.  It was maybe the easiest sewing project I’ve ever done.  Well, all the sewing projects I’ve done are super easy because I can barely sew a straight line (but that’s going to change this year, people!).  I took notes on what I needed and grabbed my coupons and went back to Jo-Ann’s.  I got a killer deal on fabric because they were running crazy sales.  I bought extra of the main fabric, the brown houndstooth, because I want to include it in a quilt I’m making for Max for his 1st birthday.  Both of these pillowcases took one afternoon, but if they were done without the ‘help’ of a baby around it probably would’ve taken only an hour or so.  Again, I was so pleased with the results and I think Cameron was too:

My third project never actually got done before Christmas.  In fact it’s still not done, but I am in the middle of it.  It’s a gift for my brother for his 21st birthday which is tomorrow (!!!).  Also found on Pinterest, and also super easy it is a picture transfer to wood.  The reason it wasn’t done for Christmas was because I waited until 3 days before to go find gel medium, which everyone seemed to be out of.  Well I got some the other day and started last night.  My only complaint is that you need about 12+ hours for this one.  Once it’s done I’ll do full review and you can see how it came out!