Sunday, February 22, 2015

Gift Bags

I really liked making all those Christmas gift bags and love not having to keep wrapping paper around the house. I received a gift card to my favorite fabric store as a Christmas gift. When I went to spend it, I found their holiday fabrics were 50% off. So I grabbed one half yard of this fun stuff.

Yup I turned it into a larger gift bag. It got used for a gift and then I put it away in my holiday storage box till next year. I think it's going to be exciting to forget that it's in there and find it again next year just waiting to be used year after year! I might have to pick up holiday fabric each year when it goes on sale to make a nice collection of holiday gift bags for our family. Maybe a stack of fabric gift bags would be a great gift for someone else as well!

Since this is my year to use up fabric that's been sitting in my stash far too long, I decided I could just keep making more...

AND more... of all shapes and sizes.

Don't they look so pretty? I can't wait for birthdays and celebrations to give them away with the gift inside.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Knit Baby Pants...

I pinned this adorable pair of knit baby pants sometime in December. Thank goodness my son drew his cousin (my four month old niece) for the gift exchange. I ran out to the store to buy the yarn and needles, which was just at the gift spending limit, whew. Then spent the next two weeks knitting as fast and as long as my hands could take. I finished the pants about 10 minutes before everyone arrived to celebrate Christmas Eve where we'd exchange the gifts. Wow, talk about cutting it close.

I decided to knit the pattern in the 6-9 month size as my niece is four months. Thankfully she still fits them and maybe she'll get a little use out of them before she grows too big.

The pattern was a bit long in the waist/ body, I may have started calling them "armpit pants". When she put them on, they do ride a little higher than need be. But they're super adorable.

I knit these with the size 2mm needles the pattern called for. My first time ever using a needle smaller than a size 7. Wow... lets just say going from a size 13 needle (for all those elf hats) down to a size 2 was quite the change. I guess I never realize how long it takes to knit something so tiny. Though it was worth it and I loved the challenge.

On Christmas Morning I heard that my friend had giving birth to her new daughter and I thought "I know what I'm going to make her". More baby leggings. I bought a striped purple yarn the day after Christmas and started working on them. I finish them and a little scalloped infant hat in two weeks.

Thankfully her was still tiny enough to fit the hat. The pants are 6-9 months so she should be able to wear them in the fall. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Lots of Pajama Pants...

My sister had this super fun Fishy fabric she had bought a long time ago. I told her it was probably enough to make Pj pants for her son. She didn't have the time so I said I'd take it home and make them for her. SO I did and they turned out adorable.

And once I make one pair of Pajama pants... well I just can't help making more. I went out and bought this awesome viking fabric and made a pair for my husband for Christmas. Is it a bit worrisome that he and I have roughly the same size waist? nah, took the guess work out of how big to make them and hem them. 

At an after Christmas sale I picked up this fantastic fox flannel fabric for half price. I made a pair for myself for about $16. They make me happy... such a fun, soft fabric.

AND this dog flannel for my younger son who always ends up with his brothers hand-me-downs. I feel bad he doesn't get too many new things. He got this new pair of comfy pants for about $4. He picked out the dot fabric from my stash for the pockets and I think it is a vibrant combination.

I suppose I really should make my older son a pair of his own and then the whole family would have new pajama pants. And believe me when I say we pretty much live in comfy pants at our house.

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Library Bag

I decided it's time to stop hording fabric and deplete my stash. I have a few favorites that I've used for other things and have the scraps in my stash but wouldn't let myself use them for a project knowing once its gone, that's it- no more favorite fabric.

Then it hit me, why am I saving it, hiding it away so no one can see it. I need to make more stuff out of it if I love it. It makes me happy to see my favorite fabrics, why not be happy everyday seeing it in use?!

So I did it. I used it up. My lumberjack fabric that makes me smile. I made a new library bag with it and a new favorite of mine- these viking ships. Hooray for a new bag and smiles!

I even put a clip on the inside so I could safely hook my keys to the bag without losing them inside it.

Other things I've made with this lumberjack fabric: PJ pants for both Little Misters and a pillowcase just for me.

PS. if you're interested in making a bag and don't know how to start- here's an excellent video to walk you through a simple bag. A video by Dana at

Monday, January 19, 2015

Circle Felt Banner

What to do with all those felt circles I cut out of the felt masks for eye holes? Well make a Circle Banner, of course.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Super Hero Masks

While I was busy making all those animal masks, I made the Little Misters a few Super hero masks as well. I didn't make too many but I knew we'd need a few for their buddies next door and a couple other friends.

I made three Iron Man, Six reversible generic superhero masks...

Three Captain America:

 And two Batman masks:

Then we kept one of each and gave the rest away as Christmas Gifts. I know a handful of kids who are happy to have these new masks to play with.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Upcycled Christmas Gift Bags

Christmas Eve I started thinking about all the presents for my Little Misters I had to wrap. It wasn't a ton of stuff but I had no wrapping paper. I've been trying to avoid buying it, as it seems kind of wasteful. The last few years I've been using things I had around the house: brown packaging paper from amazon deliveries, tin foil, tissue paper, etc. This year, spur of the moment Christmas Eve morning, I plopped my boys in front of the claymation Rudolph movie and decided to sew gift bags. I had an old pair of PJ pants that I'd worn a hole in the knee, but I had saved them instead of tossing them. Don't ask me why I saved them, just seemed like I could eventually re purpose them. So I finally did.

I started by cutting off the lower legs. The cuff was already sewn and the side seams I left as is. I just had to turn it inside out to sew the cut edge together and I had two bags.

The top part of the PJ's had enough material for two more bags. I even took the tie ribbon out to use to decorate the gifts. 

Since I had more gifts to wrap than just four, I started pulling out more fabric from my stash. Stuff I'd been holding onto forever but hadn't used. I'm pretty happy to have made a good sized dent in my fabric stash. I was getting tired of storing all that fabric without have a purpose for it. 

When I put my Christmas stuff away for the year, these gift bags and ribbons went into the storage box all ready for next year. Hooray for upcycling and "going green".