Category Archives: Little Sewing Projects

Little Christmas Project

Well, my Thanksgiving was wonderful. I enjoyed having both of my kids home. We talked, laughed, played games and ate yummy food. While I was sad to see my daughter head back to Florida, she’ll be home again soon for Christmas.

Christmas always seems to sneak up on me. My latest state of mind is that I am ahead of my Christmas shopping, since I have two of the most difficult gifts to find purchased (no Black Friday shopping either). I know a few more that I need to get and will likely be able to pick them up today.  I’m taking a different approach this year and trying to get the more challenging gifts done first.

Of course, I haven’t really started thinking or making the sewing projects for Christmas. I think about Christmas gifts at two times during the year — July and then mid-November. I always have good intentions in July and plan to get things done ahead of time. Anyway, I took part in the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop this year and it was fun to see the different projects. If you want to take a look at them again, you can go to my post here.

Santa came a bit early for me this year. One of his elves got busy and sent me some goodies. Rose of Something Rosemade sent me a little package of Christmas fabrics from her stash. Do you follow Rose? You should! She makes beautiful, colorful quilts and writes a lovely blog! Pop on over and say hi — I’ll wait . . .

So, when I opened my happy mail, here’s what I found inside.

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This bundle of fabric was tied with the cutest little red and white string. I was very excited to see these pretty Christmas fabrics. See that top piece that looks a bit like patchwork? I’ll show you what I did with it in a minute. Right now, you need to see what else Rose tucked in the package.

Little Christmas Project - gift stilettos - piecefulthoughts.com

Two little stilettos — how cute are they? Here’s a close up of each one.

Little Christmas Project - stiletto - piecefulthoughts.com

I love this one. She looks a bit like me, I think, except that my hair never looks that snazzy. I do love her lip color too, and I want those glasses!

This next one made me grin from ear to ear. I mean, seriously, how cute is this??

Little Christmas Project - pigs fly stiletto - piecefulthoughts.com

The little blue pig is perfect, and the word “fly” just made it all the better! Isn’t it fun?

That cute little bundle didn’t gather dust (there’s a few fabrics in my stash that have, I’ll admit it). I made a few little projects out of them, and I still have fabric left over for more.

Back to that little patchwork fabric, which is actually fabric printed to look like half-square triangles. (If I had been thinking a bit more when I started this project, I would’ve taken pictures. I got so into this project, I completely forgot!) I cut a piece 9″ x 12″, then cut a piece of fusible fleece the same size and fused it to the wrong side of the patchwork fabric. Using red thread, I stitched on the lines and — voila — I had a little quilted piece of fabric. I pulled out a stocking pattern and traced it onto the fusible fleece. Then I cut a piece of coordinating fabric from the pack and laid it right sides together with the patchwork fabric. I stitched on the line drawn on the fusible fleece and cut out the stocking, leaving a 1/4′ seam allowance.

I traced the stocking onto another piece of fabric to use for the lining. With right sides together, I sewed the lining pieces together. Once that was done, I tucked the lining into stocking, stitched a binding to the top and added a hanging loop. The whole project took me a little over an hour.

Little Christmas Project - Patchwork Stocking - piecefulthoughts.com

The finished stocking is about 10″ tall. It’s the perfect size for tucking into a corner or hanging from a cute little hook. This will be a gift for a friend.

What about you? Do you have a fun, fast Christmas project you enjoy making? I’d love to hear about it!

Linking up today with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts and Beth at Love Laugh Quilt.

Wendy

 

Little Elephant

Little Elephant is making his appearance today. I apparently have a thing for elephants, since I have an elephant quilt hanging on my wall, and now this little elephant project. This was not intentional. It just happened somehow.

When I visited the quilt shops in Maine, I really had no plan. I just wanted to check out the shops. My fabric and pattern choices get a bit random when I do that, picking up whatever strikes me at the moment.

I’m not exactly sure what made me buy this little elephant pattern, especially since I am not really a fan of making things that need to be stuffed. And have little pieces. And curves. This little guy is just so darn cute, though.

The pattern is called effie & ollie Elephant by Heather Bailey. The pattern is very well explained, the pieces are accurate, and overall the pattern is easy to make. She also has patterns for little turtles and whales. Why I didn’t decide on a whale since I was in Maine is beyond me, but elephant it was!

 

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So here he is. I used a fat quarter from my stash for this first one rather than any of the fabric I picked up on the trip. Just in case I messed it up.  He doesn’t have any eyes yet and his trunk needs to curve a bit better, but it’s not bad for my first try.

Here he is with a mug in the picture so you can see how little he is. The mug is about 5″ in diameter. The little elephant is about 4″ tall.

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He would actually almost fit inside the cup.

I bought the little elephant pattern at Alewives Fabric along with these four fat quarters.

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A little random, right? The left two are from Carrie Bloomston’s Dreamer line. The bright teal on the right is Alison Glass, I think. I don’t know anything about the other one (no selvage to tell me), I just liked it.

I was delighted when I got home and found this half-yard piece in my stash that coordinates well with the Dreamer fabrics. Don’t you love it when that happens?

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I’m just itching to create something with them, just not sure what yet!

What about you? When you are on a trip and stop at a quilt shop, do you shop impulsively like me, or do you go with a plan?

Happy Wednesday, all!

Wendy