It was a whirlwind of activity around here in the last few weeks before Christmas. I spent a lot of time knitting in my spot on the couch because, frankly, that's the only place I wanted to be. However, some things just can't be knit, so I dragged my basketball belly to the sewing machine.
About half of my Christmas sewing was inspired by the adorable pages of I Love Patchwork which arrived on my doorstep just in the nick of time. I *ahem* forgot to take a photo of my table runner, but it was red and white and linen and truly adorable. I'll need to make another for my own home. Also from the book were the stamped placemats.
These were a group project - I sewed and the kids stamped. These were for Jeff's brother and his family. They have a 4 year old, so we thought this was ideal for him as he learns to set the table. They were really fun to sew. One caution - there is a cutting error in the pattern. The center piece should be 12.5" x 12.5" rather than the 10x12.5 that is in the instructions. We ended up making them a little smaller than originally intended, but they still worked out just fine. If you have or buy the book, do make that change before you make them. Rashida has notified the publisher, so future editions will be correct. This was a great way to use those little scraps of favorite fabrics that you can't bear to toss. A set of these will definitely be gracing our table soon.
We also made a cosmetics bag for Lindsay. The kids filled it with goodies - fancy soaps and lip balm, nail polish and nail files, lotion. That kind of thing.
I really love working from this book - the projects are both fun and practical, and use up those small bits of stash that clutter up my space. I'm sure we'll be seeing lots more from it in the future.
Up next: Christmas knitting