Categorie: Christmas

New challenges for 2019

The first day of 2019 is almost gone. After a quit New Years Eve we met each other at our annual social New Years Day neighbourhood party. I wore one of my LBD and made a plate filled with pigs in a blanket. (an idea of eldest daughter).
Besides ideas, plans and challenges for my homemade wardrobe I’m everyday working on 10k steps/day challenge.

Nieuwe uitdagingen voor 2019
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Christmas stocking zipper pouch

This is my final homemade sewing project for Christmas. I ended up having small scarps of fabric lying on the table after making my five other Christmas makes.
I decided to see if I could find a small project for fabric scraps to make another Christmas item. Sewing4Free has all kind of useful ideas and this Christmas stocking zipper pouch is one of them. A cute looking small stocking that has just the right size for gift card.

Christmas stocking zipper pouch
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Homemade fabric Christmas wreath

A Christmas wreath hanging on the front door is welcoming but it also looks great hanging in the living room near the Christmas tree. Not surprisingly that a home-made Christmas wreath was on my sewing list.
Someone showed more then two years ago on Facebook this Spring wreath with the suggestion it could easily be transformed into one suitable for Christmas. I bought a straw wreath, a few Christmas fabrics and both went into bag. This bag ended up in a cupboard.
I placed this make on my monthly sewing list at the beginning of this year and now this wreath is my fifth Christmas sewing project.

Homemade fabric Christmas wreath
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EiWeih Nikolaus for small gifts

There isn’t a big difference between Sinterklaas and Father Christmas. Both are spend with family and friends. Often presents are found near the fire place or under the Christmas tree. These Presents can be big or small, cheap or expensive.
Children in the Netherlands are allowed to put a shoe near the fire place in the evening a few times before the fifth of December. Then they sing a song or two and the next morning the find a small gift (some sweet, pencils, a pair of socks) in their shoe.
Christmas stockings are for Christmas and they usually hang above the fire place. Father Christmas fills them with small gifts and one can find many of these so called ‘stocking fillers’ in lots of shops.

EiWeih Nikolaus for small gifts
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Homemade Christmas gnome using discarded socks

You probably read it in one of my previous Nikolaus Tasche that I wanted to make a gnoom using discarded socks. A gnoom is part of the Scandinavian history and culture. He also has a place in their Christmas tradition as well. Time to make one. One can easily find enough patterns to make one out of fabrics but not out of socks. I made a kind of sketch and a proof model using pins. When I had something looking like a gnoom I made a paper pattern using the model as a guide line.
After the pattern was made, the body was cut and sewn together. My gnoom also has a base in the form of a circle.

Homemade Christmas gnome using discarded socks
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Father Christmas brings surprises

Sinterklaas has almost arrived in our part of the world but Christmas isn’t far away either. Time to start thinking about what to make for Christmas. Last year I shared some ideas for homemade gifts but also two lucky pigs. These pigs both had a zipper with a kind pocket for a small gift or money. This year I made a Father Christmas brings surprises. A great idea for kids to hide a small gift for them inside. I came across this pattern at Pinterest when I was looking for ideas to make for Christmas besides my wrath. But this Nikolaus Tasche looked so cute that I decided to make this one first.

Father Christmas brings surprises

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Patty Doo Geo-Bag denim version

In the meantime it is almost halfway October. Time to start making homemode gifts for the coming holidays. I set the Patty Doo Geo-Bag on my ‘sewing ideas for Sinterklaas and Christmas list’ as soon as this pattern was alive. This Patty Doo Geo-Bag is such a genius pattern. You fold an odd shaped piece of fabric, stitch a seam, fold again and like matching it begins to look like a bag. This pattern comes in two sizes. A big size to make a toiletry bag and a smaller version for a cosmetics bag. I made my version of a discarded jeans and dress shirt.

Patty Doo Geo-Bag denim version

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Sew Magazine Clementine Cat well-dressed

I’ve a few new sewing projects but also some sewing techniques on a ‘I want to make/do list’. So now and then I sew soft toys like a sloth, pig, fox and a rag doll.
Until now all these soft toys weren’t able to move their arms or legs. So on my sewing techniques list was exploring how this can be done. 
A while ago I saw this Sew Magazine Clementine Cat. This cat has visible buttons joints for arms and legs. Perfect item for my technique project.

Sew Magazine Clementine Cat well-dressed

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Round-up Bucket list 2017

It’s almost 2018. I started this year with a bucket list of 15 items. How many items are completed after 365 days. Time for my Round-up Bucket list 2017. I start with the items that are still on the list. Traveling with a mobile home, eating french fries in Belgium in a so could ‘frietkot’ and using all the giftcards. That doesn’t sound too bad.

Terugblik Bucket list 2017

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Homemade two-piece ‘Designin December’ 2017 party outfit

The announcement of this edition of the ‘Designin December’ challenge was done a few weeks ago. ‘Designin December’ is all about finding a designer original garment and make your designer me-made copy. I decided to make a two-piece part outfit suitable for Boxing Day and the days towards New Year. So here is my Homemade two-piece ‘Designin December’ 2017 party outfit story.

Homemade two-piece ‘Designin December’ 2017 party outfit

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Black-White boucle short cardigan

Christmas is less then two weeks away and many of you are already making their party outfits or probably have finished it. I usually wear a jeans with a cardigan or jacket because someone has to to he cooking. I’ve my party outfit already finished but it’s part of the Let’s Sti(c)k Together blogtour. This blogtour is scheduled for next week and therefore I show my Black-White boucle short cardigan today. This cardigan was a lucky found and also a perfect match with my party outfit.

Black-White boucle short cardigan

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Misty’s Whimsies Fox called Cherry

Ik kwam tijdens mijn zoektocht naar zelfgemaakte nekkussens op internet dit gratis vos naaipatroon tegen. Misty Richardson is de ontwerpster van dit geweldige patroon. Ik maakte mijn Misty’s Whimsies Fox called Cherry van een oude sweater en wat andere restjes stof.

Misty’s Whimsies Fox called Cherry

Patroon voor de Misty’s Whimsies Fox called Cherry

Het Misty Whimsie Fox patroon heeft toegevoegde naadwaarden. Dit patroon komt met een uitgebreide instructie maar ook goede illustraties voor als je meer van plaatjes houdt. Ik maakte slechts een kleine aanpassing op het patroon van de neus. Mijn neus is onderdeel de kop en kan daardoor niet loskomen van de kop. Ik denk dat het daardoor iets veiliger is in de handen van kleine kinderen.

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Two Homemade Good Luck Pigs

Everyone probably had a piggy bank as a child. I had a small one but sadly enough I can’t find it bag. My piggy bank had a rubber plug. The rubber plug was replaced by a cork because after a few years the rubber plug was broken. I came up with the idea of making Two Homemade Good Luck Pigs after reading about the Swedish love for pigs at Christmas. For centuries pigs were held to preserve their flesh in the form of ham and sausage so families had meat during the Winter. This preserved meat was also served at Christmas and made the centrepiece of Christmas dinners.

Two Homemade Good Luck Pigs

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Fox Travel Neck Pillow

I decided to make a car neck pillow in week 3 of this Oktober Homemade Christmas ideas. Most people will visit family and friends during these holidays and travel by car, airplane or train. Some like and can sleep during these hours and love to have a comfortable travel neck cushion but the neck pillow is also comfortable while reading. I had some off white teddy in my stash and wondering how to use that for a neck pillow. In my childhood time lots of elderly women were wearing small fur neck warmers. They were made of mink, weasel or a small fox. This gave me an idea to make an animal neck pillow. A fox caught my eye and the dark red fleece came form the leftover fabric stash. Now it was time to think about a pattern to make a Fox Travel Neck Pillow.

Fox Travel Neck Pillow

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Homemade Activity Teaching toys

We now will make some Homemade Activity Teaching toys. I wanted to make a rag doll for a girl and a fabric car set for a boy. Our eldest daughter advised me to make gender neutral toys. Gender neutral is a hot item and some warehouses are now advertising with gender neutral marketing. Time to let my first idea go and after a while I came up with the idea of Homemade Activity Teaching toys. When our daughters were small they both had a plastic bag that was filled we all kinds of games, books and toys to keep them busy while we were traveling. I made three of this type of Homemade Activity Teaching toys. Two they can play on their own and one to play together.

Homemade Activity Teaching toys

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Red Jeans Homemade Christmas Stocking

Christmas is only 84 sleeps away. Time to think about gift ideas, stocking fillers, Christmas stockings to put them in, decorations and other fun homemade items. I show this month some homemade Christmas ideas and I start with a Red Jeans Homemade Christmas Stocking. I’m not only making Christmas ideas. Sue Stoney will also show and share some lovely decoration.

Red Jeans Homemade Christmas Stocking

Er is ook een Nederlandse versie. Deze vind je aan het eind van de Engelse tekst.

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Autumn 2017 sewing plans

You can see in another todays bog post my version of the Mondsee scarf. September 1th is the beginning of the meteorological Autumn. There’s a gap of three weeks between the meteorological Autumn and the astronomical Autumn. At the beginning of this week we still had Summer weather. Lots of sunshine and high temperatures. But the weather changed dramatically on Wednesday. It was raining almost the whole day and temperatures dropped. The next day was also grey and cold. It felt like we had a taste of Autumn already. I decided to start thinking about clothes to make for the upcoming astronomical Autumn while wearing my Mondsee scraf. I now share some of my Autumn 2017 sewing plans.

Autumn 2017 sewing plans

Autumn 2017 sewing plans – my patterns

I decided to take a look at patterns I all ready have due to my ‘Use What You Have’ mission. I’ve found at least two patterns I want to use. This jeans from a recent KNIPmode magazine and the RDC Gerard manteau. I’m still looking in my pattern stash for sewing patterns suitable for a cardigan, a sweater and a pattern to knit another scarf.

Autumn 2017 sewing plans

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Sewing Happy X-mouse

Sewing Happy X-mouse – Christmas decoration

Sewing Happy X-mouse is made for Christmas. I love sewing Christmas decoration. These three dolls are hanging since a few years for our window. Last year I made Chris Moose. A couple of days ago I was looking for inspiration for the Christmas Wreath I had planned to make. Then I came across a mouse dressed for Christmas and as a follow up on the word Chris Moose I found X-mouse a nice and funny idea. I went looking for a pattern that looked a bit like a rag doll.

Sewing Happy X-mouse

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Crewneck Sweater Burda 11_2015 112

Crewneck Sweater Burda 11_2015 112 – the crewneck sweater

Crewneck Sweater Burda 11_2015 112 is made of black fabric with velvet polkadots from my stash. I bought this fabric last year while I was in The Hague together with our eldest daughter. It will be Christmas within four weeks and I wanted to make something to wear on Boxing day. The dress for the first Christmas day is already hanging in my closet. Boxing day asks for a more comfortable wear and I decided that I wanted to make a top that I could wear with the trousers I had made at the beginning of this year. I also made a skirt of the same fabric so I can choose that day if I want to wear trousers or a skirt.

Crewneck Sweater Burda 11_2015 112 Crewneck Sweater Burda 11_2015 112
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A Christmas dress

x voor heel 2The fabric and the pattern for this Christmas dress were bought more then two years ago at Stoffenspektakel in the Haarlemmermeer. One of the market stalls had a finished dress hanging made out of a pattern from the My Image magazine.

De stof en het patroon voor deze kerstjurk werden meer dan twee jaar geleden gekocht tijdens Stoffenspektakel in de Haarlemmermeer. Aan een van de kramen hing een jurk gemaakt van een patroon uit het MyImage tijdschrift. (meer…)

Happy Chris Moose

5 stoelOn FoldLine someone showed Chris Moose and I decided to make it too. Chris Moose is a pattern from Sew Magazine. In my bag with leftover fabric I found some tweed fabric for the body parts, a piece of knitted fabric for the tail and ears, a piece of pink fleece for the inner ears and tartan fabric for the antlers and hoofs. The eyes are two brown horn buttons from my button box. 

Op FoldLine liet iemand Chris Moose zien en ik besloot er ook een te maken. Chris Moose is een patroon van Sew Magazine. In een tas met reststoffen vond ik tweed voor het lijf, een stuk gebreide stof voor de staart en oren, een stukje rose fleece voor de binnenkant van het oor en tartan voor het gewei en hoeven.

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