I’ve established this really fun annual tradition of sewing new bags for my three nieces each Christmas. I think I’ve shared before that I’ve heard that one of the things they enjoy most about using them is being able to tell their friends that they’re bags are “one of a kind”. This year, I decided to sew something a little extra special into all three bags.While I was at my mom’s for my step-dad’s memorial service back in October, I asked if I could take home some of the chambray shirts that he wore almost everyday. I had plans to incorporate patches from them into a quilted throw, and I probably still will at some point. My nieces shared a very close bond with their Papa, though, and I knew they would love having a little something of his to carry with them everyday. With that thought in mind, I worked scraps from Papa’s shirts into each of the girls’ bags. I used the pattern that I created for Samantha’s “No Bully Zone” bag with a few minor updates including a little cell phone pocket on the front. The girls loved the easy, fun style of the bag, and the incorporation of Papa’s shirts meant so much to them! I hope they enjoy them all year long!
Yep. This post is a few days late. I finished up Christmas PJs for my two youngest early on Monday morning using the Lazy Days Lounge Set pattern. I had grand plans for adorable Christmas Eve PJ pictures, but this little guy came down with a fever and didn’t want to move from this comfy chair:And, this little guy had a long, hard day that knocked him out on the couch:They were really cute in real life! I tried to snap some action shots on Christmas Day, but there was just too much fun to be had to slow down for photos. I did get this cute picture of the two of them with their new stuffies, and then they were off again!Thanks so much for following along with my 12 Days (That Took 16 Days) of Handmade Christmas Projects! I hope that you all had beautiful Christmas celebrations packed full of joy and plenty of handmade goodness shared with your loved ones!
I was afraid that these two little guys were going to be the finishing-at-midnight-on-Christmas-Eve-when-I-should-be-sleeping project! I am so thankful that the raw-edge style finishing on these lends itself well to slightly (or not so slightly) messy stitching. With time running out quickly, I moved through as fast as humanly possible.Lee Lee and Ronny are Freddie’s Friends patterns. (I sewed Olive the Owl for Katie’s first birthday several months ago.) These are definitely not quick projects, but the end result is well worth the extra time. I love the cute little details! Seriously? Look at this adorable tail! Lee Lee the Lion is going into Jamie’s stocking tonight, and Ronny the Robot into Charlie’s. Only a few hours left until Santa comes! I better be off!
My kids are all pretty crafty. (I think they come by it naturally.) My 14-year-old, Samantha, is particularly talented at both knitting and drawing, and it’s really exciting for me to see that she’s learned the value in creating one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for her family and her friends. This year, she is knitting quite a few of her gifts, but she also used her drawing skills to create this trio of sketches for her niece, Katie.
Katie’s a little too young to really appreciate these now, but someday, she’ll love them both for their beauty and for the love that went in to them! Are your children giving any handmade gifts this year? How do you encourage them to develop their creative talents and share them with others? I’d be thrilled to hear your suggestions!
This may be stretching the meaning of “handmade” just a little because you can’t really hand-make memories, but you can make plans for things that will help to make memories. For the last several years, we’ve made a point to do something to help make memories each day of Advent. A few Christmases ago, I sewed this quilted Advent calendar, and we use it to hold our planned activities for each day. Our kids get really excited about pulling out the activity and reading it each morning. We try to balance activities that focus on helping others, activities that remind us of the real meaning of Christmas and activities that are just fun! Here’s a little peek at a few of the things we’ve done so far this year:
We took our youngest four Christmas shopping for each other at Barnes & Noble. We picked up Starbucks hot cocoa and went for a drive to find our favorite Christmas light displays.
We went Christmas caroling and visited at an assisted living home with our homeschool group.We baked cookies . . . lots of cookies!
We did a little grocery shopping for a local food bank. We had a family game night. We watched the local Christmas light parade.What are some of your favorite ways to make memories during the Christmas season?