Monday, December 26th, 2011

Handmade Holiday

I blew the dust off and fired up the old machine for the first time in months.  Months.  And I managed to eek out some gifts.  Three sets of pj’s, a bathrobe and an infinity scarf using this tutorial.  

It was so fun to work on these projects.  I made the pants super fast by taping the front and back pieces together at the side seams.  That leaves three seams, a casing and hems… that’s it.  I buy simple elastic waistband pants patterns when they go on sale at Joann’s and then I cut and tape them up and use them a couple of times and then start all over again with the next pattern sale.  By that time I usually need the next size up anyway.  I love eliminating the side seam.  No one has ever complained that they miss it.  My philosophy is the less seams the better when it comes to pjs.

The robe was crazy easy too.  Three pieces trimmed in bias tape with bias tape loops and a bias tape belt.  I could make a nicer belt.  I might still do that but she seemed pleased.

My favorite project was the scarf.  It was a gift for a friend and it was really hard not to post about it before it was received.  I went so far as to take a weird picture of myself wearing it in the mirror.  I justify it by telling myself that I see people posting pictures like that all the time.  That’s normal, right?  I guess that’s the kind of stuff that happens when you go on sewing hiatus for months and months and months.

The tutorial was easy to follow.  Closing the loop was a little bit tricky but after doing it once it would be way easier to figure out a second time.  Also, she thought I bought it!  But I didn’t!  I totally made it.  Yesss.  I used green knit on the wrong side.  The right side of this fabric has weird little pineapples on it.  Like the international symbol of hospitality pineapples but the reverse is pretty cool.  I used a zigzig stitch over the edge of the knit.  I’ve never used my machine to create a ruffle or lettuce edge on knit.  Fun!  I’ll be trying this again for sure.  I think she likes it.  She even sent me a picture when she got home.  Now if only it was cold enough for a scarf.  Did you give any handmade gifts this year?

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