Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Quilt for Harper

I just finished a quilt for the newest baby that has come into our lives. His name is Harper and I sure hope he likes what I came up with. I drew a lot of inspiration from the previous quilt shop I had posted a few months ago. I really enjoy the color scheme on this quilt.

Holiday Projects

This year I wanted to sewing stockings for my boyfriend and I to decorate with. I found a large white cable knit sweater at a thrift store and cut two stockings from it. I used quilt batting as interfacing and some solid fabric for the lining fabric. I added a little outdoor inspired flair to the cuffs. I also wanted to add our initials to these just like the last stocking I had made for my friend. This time, to stick with the outdoor theme of the stocking, I bought two wooden disks from Michael's and used my wood burner to burn the letters into the wood. I love the way they turned out!

I also needed to solve the problem of how to hang the stockings on the mantel without putting any holes in the wood. I looked around for other stocking holders but they were either too expensive, or not exactly what I was looking for. I decided to figure out how to make something myself. While I was in the thrift store one day I spotted these rectangular glass vases and my stocking hanger idea was born. 

I snatched up two vases ($1.99 each) and then ran to Lowe's to buy two knobs that I then super glued on the vases to hang the stocking from. The glass is heavy enough to hold the stocking and I made sure the glue I used would adhere to glass. I filled them up with some pine needled sprigs, pine cones and fluffy fake snow - it looked great with everything else on the mantel. You could also throw in ornaments or make a little winter house scene. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

1st Christmas Stocking

I was visiting a close friend this fall and she mentioned that her daughter, who turned 1 year old this November, did not have a Christmas stocking yet. I asked if I could sew her a stocking as a birthday gift and she accepted with delight. After checking pinterest for some ideas, I took parts of the stockings I liked and combined them into one super stocking! I like how it turned out and, more importantly, so did the recipient.

Here were some of the inspiration photos I found.

On this one I liked the idea of having her first initial on the stocking somewhere instead of her full name. I ended up doing a custom embroidered piece for her's.

I liked the idea of the two coordinating fabrics on this one.

It was all about the top cuff for me on this pick. I had to add that cuff on the stocking I created.

So, after scheming and planning, here is what it came out to look like!