Thursday, December 11, 2008

Holiday Crafting Days 2 & 3

You know that old saying, haste makes waste? I sure proved it on Tuesday when I accidentally stitched part of the boxers together that weren't supposed to be stitched. I did it on 5 pairs. Thankfully when I got back to sewing on Wednesday I caught the mistake before I made it another 11 times! However, it still meant ripping out 10 seams, all the while ranting under my breath. Fortunately I was home alone, no child should see their mother cursing while sewing, or unsewing, Christmas presents.

Here's my basket of partially finished boxers. The good news is, the first set of seams are now done, correctly, on all 16 pairs of boxers. Today I'm aiming to get the side seams done. The sewing goes quickly, it's the pinning that slows me down.

The hat and mitten project is going well. Two hats and one set of mittens are already made. I started the second pair of mittens this morning. I really like that mitten pattern I mentioned Monday. It's the least scary mitten pattern that I've ever seen. It doesn't even use double pointed needles. Try it, you'll like it!

I've also vowed to finish sewing the last seam on this pair of socks which has been sitting unfinished since September! (What is my problem?) These will make a perfect gift for...

As the end is in sight for these projects the time has come to choose the next round of holiday crafts. Ruthie has some great links for ideas the other day.

I'm especially interested in homemade games this year. Money's tight for everyone and we're no exception I want to see if we can really buy nothing this Christmas without anyone feeling cheated. In some ways this is easy. Leen's & Tasha both opted for one big present for their birthdays and Christmas this year. That still leaves the boys. Hmm...

Here's some links I'm planning to peruse for ideas. Feel free to jump in with your own ideas and links.

DIY Network

Five Stones Game

Making Your Own Children's Book

Dime Store Games

Here's a cool slipper pattern that has absolutely nothing to do with games but what the heck. Wait here's an even cooler one. If you wanted them to be non-skid and you happened to have a beat up yoga mat lying around (and really, who doesn't?) you could add a sole.

Oh the wheels are turning...
There are so many great things on the web, share what you've discovered. We all need the ideas.


AnnMarie said...

Do you HAVE to pin them? I used to pin everything until I realized in the last year or so that I was pretty good at holding seams together. Of course, for inseams or sleeves that wouldn't work, but straight side seams should go just fine. Especially on something like boxers as opposed to, say, a formal dress or jacket.

Ruthie said...

Ann Marie I've found the same thing to be true with simple patterns! Sometimes pinning is such a hassle.

Thanks for keeping us updated Katie! Have you seen the handwarmer project on down---to---earth? It's amazingly easy.

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Katie said...

You guys are so brave! I'll try but I'm nervous!! I had forgotten the handwarmer idea. That's a good one. I might use that for my aunt.