Posts Tagged ‘sewing’

Christmas tree skirt

Finally – a craft to talk about!

I had started this project over a year ago, after reading about it here. I actually got about halfway – sewing the strips of fabric together (the first time).

And that’s where I got stuck – because I didn’t have the magical contraption known as a “wedge ruler”, and I didn’t feel like buying a $20 gadget for the sake of one project. It took me a year to pull myself together and dust off my trigonometry. And today, the three sheets of fabric strips sewn together became stacks of two types of alternating wedges.

At around 12:36 PM, the final key component made an entrance, and things really started rolling.

Isn’t she purdy?

If I were to do it again, I would make a few process improvements – mostly to make sure that the strips, when flipped, line up better. I still need to put a few finishing touches on it, like hemming the unfinished edges and sewing on some ties so I can secure it around the tree. But overall, I’m pretty happy – and even more excited for two weekends for now, when we’ll be going to hunt our Christmas tree, and I get to start using the tree skirt.

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Until just a few days I had been sworn to secrecy, so wasn’t able to share this project even though it was done. Well, now the recipient (Dan’s niece Sophie) has received her bunny, so I can write about it at will!

So, with Sophie’s birthday coming up, Dan was going to make her a gift. I won’t tell you what it is, since I don’t know if he’s given it to her yet (and I don’t want to ruin the surprise for Steph & Andrea). Anyhow, Dan asked me to “make a bag or something” to put the … in. Of course, having made a bunch for christmas already, “a bag” sounded boring – so I decided to go the extra step and make a stuffed toy. From my own childhood I remembered having a much-loved (but much smaller) bunny of my own. Everyone loves bunnies – at least of the stuffed variety, I should add, before the gardeners descend on me en masse to complain about voracious rabbits destroying their gardens.

So, I started with a pattern. The pieces printed out on the same sheet of paper, which took a bit of work to figure out which boundaries belonged to which piece. Not having any proper pattern paper, I improvised with wax paper.

To my delight, I had all the fabric I needed lying around. Don’t worry, I didn’t buy the bright pink fabric myself – it was left lying around by the previous homeowners. I’m glad my packrat brain won that battle, and I packed it away in the craft room instead of throwing it out. The white fabric was left over from a blanket I had made for Trevor, so it was soft and fluffy – perfect for a bunny’s tummy and ears!

This is also about the point where I had a vague inkling that perhaps we had already given Sophie a stuffed bunny (from Build-a-Bear) on another occasion – but decided to forge ahead. I mean, c’mon – my bunny has multi-coloured ears!

It took me longer than the “couple of hours” the pattern advertised, but I’m pretty happy with the result. It was a fun learning experience, and I hope a little girl will be very happy with her bunny. For at least a few days. 🙂

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Recent and future crafts

While on our trip, I also started (and completed) a pair of fingerless gloves, which I had planned on using to keep warm at the office. Except that I forgot that come fall, they crank up the heat – it’s in the summer that you need the gloves. Maybe I’ll bring them home instead. They’re based on this pattern here, with a few modifications. For example, note the contrasting ribbing. The cool reason for this is that I wanted something funky-looking. The uncool reason is that when I made the first glove, I realized that it was too tight of a fit for my right hand, although it fit snugly (but comfortably) on my left. So I decided to make the ribbing a different colour on the second glove to distinguish the two.

For christmas this year, I also have plans to make my own christmas tree skirt, similar to this one. I’d bought the fabric last year at a post-christmas sale, but never got around to making it because, seriously, who cares about christmas in February?? It looks pretty straightforward, I just need to find an afternoon to spend making it. Hopefully tomorrow. But then again, who am I kidding – I’ll probably be too busy making yummies for the group’s christmas party.

One other crafty things that will have to be completed in the next month (more like 3 weeks!) are the christmas cards. It’s mostly Dan’s baby, but I’d like to have a little bit more input this year. We’ll see if I’ll be allowed. 🙂 Of course, this means that I actually need to complete sorting the photos and pick out the 1% that might get used in the cards. Sigh. [Update – how can you tell this post has been in the “incomplete” pile for a while?] The cards are almost done. Sorting wasn’t as bad as expected since the trip pictures were already sorted, and also we cut down on the number of pictures, so now you’ll actually be able to tell who the people in the photos are!

Also, I need something I can make on knitting Wednesdays. Any suggestions? I suppose it’s technically a stitch and bitch, although the delicious drinks (and fun projects and lovely company) keep the bitching at bay. 😉

A few weeks ago, in one of the back copies of Maclean’s (as in, the ones accumulated from 5 weeks of being away, and the next 5 weeks of catching up on the previous 5 weeks’ worth of magazines), I stumbled on an article about a new “no-knead bread” by Jim Lahey, which apparently requires almost no work. And according to the reviews, both in the magazine and in a quick google search, the results are pretty tasty, too! I can’t wait to try it!

And a final “also” – the one independent coffee shop in Kanata, Kravings in the Centrum, just got closed down. What gives?

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