Categorie: Christmas

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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monthly sewing plans 2018

I wrote in my Round-up Bucket list 2017 that I was looking for another challenging bucket list 2018. On Instagram some sewists shared their #2018makenine sewing plans. I decided not to take part in this challenge because I find it hard to make at the beginning of a year sewing plans with patterns to use them throughout a year. Flaflinko came up with an idea that suited me more. She suggested to have a monthly sewing or blog related intention. My first idea was to let my monthly intention start with the first letter of that month.

maandelijkse zelfmaak voornemens 2018

The list looked like this but I decided to make some changes. The blogpost about the price ticket for homemade clothes and the given comments gave me some new ideas for my monthly sewing plans 2018. (meer…)

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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