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There hasn’t been a lot of sewing in my world this past year. But I did manage one crafty weekend to whip up a couple holiday gifts for two of my favorite kiddos.

First up a stocking upgrade by request. A friend had a stocking for his daughter that was missing one very important thing – her name! Now this is a girl after my own heart when sparkle is concerned so I knew where to start – red glittery felt. Then came the hard part – finding the right letters. After an intensive internet search, I found a font that reminded me of the curly elf shoes – perfect for a stocking. Printing, cutting, tracing and more cutting and the result was a super cute (as my nephew would say) Christmas stocking.

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Somehow that project reminded me that my youngest nephew is missing something his older brother has – his own superhero cape. Since I went overboard the first time, I still had plenty of fabric on hand (I think this is the fourth cape from the original purchase – and finally used up almost all the cape fabric). I had to go back and check photos to make sure the color combo was different and a few hours later, a super hero cape for Christmas.

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Finally… it’s time to get the Christmas presents posted. The excuse of having to wait until the gifts have been opened is long gone…

This year, a friend of mine started talking about making felt food for her nephews and of course I got roped in. A few hours on Pinterest and Etsy and I was hooked – it was going to be a felt food feast for Christmas. I got the patterns and the felt and then… my partner in felt was on to new projects. Luckily my mom was in town early on and helped me get far enough into the project that I was too excited about cute little veggies to turn back. So hours of tracing, cutting, gluing and hand-stitching tiny pieces of felt were about to begin.

I did a lot of looking for various patterns, but settled on a couple from Sweet Emma Jean. They looked more complicated, but also much cuter and more realistic than most of the others, and I was too intrigued by a pizza cutter than actually spins so I had to give them a try. The food was much more intricate than I’d expected – onions and peppers – 3 pieces of felt for each little slice. The pizza cutter… I lost count, but I think it was about 17 pieces (and it really does spin!). The pizza itself… what’s 13 times 6? And then of course the tortillas and pasta were the easiest and maybe the most fun of all. But all together, it’s one fun feast of felt food! (and I’m sure there will be more to come…. can’t have dinner without dessert after all).

Some of the many, many pieces waiting to be glued and stitched together.

Some of the many, many pieces waiting to be glued and stitched together.

More pieces...

More pieces…

Pizza, pasta and tortillas

Pizza, pasta and tortillas

Naked pizza, pasta and tortillas and piles of veggies just waiting to be added.

Naked pizza, pasta and tortillas and piles of veggies just waiting to be added.

Veggie pizza anyone?

Veggie pizza anyone?

 

I loved the little bow tie pasta! And was so excited about the perfect vessel to package it in - a mini orange colander.

I loved the little bow tie pasta! And was so excited about the perfect vessel to package it in – a mini orange colander.

 

Pizza and tacos, packaged and ready to be delivered

Pizza and tacos, packaged and ready to be delivered

Of course it had to be wrapped in a pizza box!

Of course it had to be wrapped in a pizza box!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow, it’s beenĀ  forever since I’ve posted anything. Life definitely got away from me there for awhile, but I have been busily crafting & sewing for the past month or so.

The trouble… they’re all Christmas presents that I can’t really post until after the holidays. So here’s my compromise: today I sewed my heart out making cute little gift bags for all the presents (I’m going to do my best to avoid disposable wrapping this year).

I was planning to try a few different styles, but these lined drawstring bags were just too simple, and pretty cute too, so I got in the groove and kept going.

So, the poppy pillow got bumped again (I think I’m intimidated by doing that beautiful fabric justice). A quick felt project won out again. I’ve been thinking about my summer trip to Bali and somewhere along the line decided that I had to have a passport holder. My friend Michelle found a cute & easy pattern and away I went.

Still thinking of Japan, I embroidered three origami cranes on the front in Sashiko style.

From there it was just cutting a few pockets, stitching them on, and stitching the two sides together (with some help from my other new friend – double sided fusible interfacing). And ta da! one travel document wallet.

It has pockets for my passport, nexus card or ID and boarding pass.

I can’t wait to put it to use!