I knew I was supposed to get back to knitting. I still have my husbands gifts to complete but the sewing machine was just sitting there with a few scraps hanging around and I had the thought to quickly whip up a little bag for the girl’s baby doll in the fabric used for the scavenger hunt bag.
When the bag was done…I got to thinking that perhaps the bag needed a coat and hat to go with it. As the baby gets dragged along on our outings more these days, and we are in the throws of a Colorado winter there has been talk of Sally Watertoo (the baby doll) needing a coat, hat and shoes. I had some fleece left over from Halloween two years ago, and used that along with some scraps from the bags to put together a little coat. It was a really simple, quick and enjoyable project.
Here is what I did.
- trace around an existing outfit to make pattern.
- cut two pattern pieces and then slice one down the middle to make the front side.
- make small slit in backside of coat – this will be the kick pleat.
- cut contrast trim pieces: triangular shape for kick pleat in back and 2 strips for front trim.
- pin and sew on contrast pieces.
- assemble coat – pin right side together and sew around edges.
- gift a little doll loving someone a cute little coat.
Sally Watertoo now has a lovely coat and bag and I packed away the sewing machine to help me refocus on knitting.
The holiday sewing for the kids is done. Hooray. I am pleased with how the scavenger hunt bags (pattern from growing up sew liberated) turned out. It was a several hour production on the first bag – and between the late hour (it was 1 AM and I was still monkeying with the bag) and my inexperience – it took a while to get the final bag assembly figured out. The second time around was a lot smoother. I hope the kids like them, and enjoy having a place to put the things they find on our hikes.
I have another sewing idea floating around in my head, but for now it is back to knitting. Hope your are all doing well with your crafty pursuits!
…and one to go.
Operation handmade Christmas gets back on track!
The knitting is almost done. Handmade gifts have been wrapped and shipped, and some have even been received and are hopefully being enjoyed. I have two small knitting projects left, and but the sewing looms overhead. I’m procrastinating. I’m nervous. The curtains were more of a challenge than I was expecting and it’s taken a bit of the wind out of my sewing sails. I know I just need to get after it – to start sewing the scavenger hunt bags for the kids. I’ve made mini steps, the fabric is washed and ironed. Today I will stop procrastinating and get going on the bags. Wish me luck!
We just made a few of these.
When I suggested hanging them in the tree, the girl told me there was too much stuff on it, and insisted we tape them to the back door next to the bat and full moon she refuses to let me take down. She is calling them fairies, and despite my suggestion that maybe the bat and fairies may not coexist well together, the Halloween decor and fairies now share the back door.
The Rick Rack scarf is done! I just need to block it, wrap it and ship it. Hooray! I’ve finished up a few other gifts, and tried my first cables on a small scale ( an iPod cozy and a cup cozy with an ‘owl’). I still have a few things to tackle. I made a cowl for the girl and have one one the needles for the boy. They each picked out the yarn and told me what they had in mind. I’ll try to post pictures and patterns in the coming days. In the meantime it’s back to more knitting and a little bit of sewing. Hope your holiday crafting is going well!
And I’ve knitted up a little cowl for Kaya as well as a few wash cloths for teacher gifts … so all in all I’m making progress on my holiday knit list. Back to knitting…