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.
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.
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.
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.
A new morning robe was on my to-do-list for almost a year. My old bathrobe had seen better days and although I hardly wear a morning robe there can be occasions that you need one. My old one was made of cotton terry but this time I wanted something more soft and warm. I bought some wellness fleece fabric during a short in Antwerp. The Slouchy Cardi, a free pattern from Peppermint Magazine, is used to make my morning robe.
Slowly it’s getting colder especially in the early of the morning. Time to wear sweaters and cardigans. I also wanted to add some colour into my wardrobe to wear with my back and dark blue garments. The Assembly Line Elastic Tie Sweater is the first colour step. In the shop windows one can see green, In de etalages zie je veel kleur zoals groen, royal blue, red but also mustard yellow. All these colours aren’t in my fabric stash so time to go fabric hunting.
After making the Assembly Line Elastic Tie Sweater some small pieces of fabric were left. What can one do with these small pieces? Now Halloween is almost there I receive emails with lots of creative ideas to make for this event. In the Netherlands Halloween isn’t very populair but when I saw a few bats I decided to turn the leftover pieces into one. Time to start looking for a suitable pattern.
Although it’s more than a month Autumn in the Northern hemisphere we still had days with sunshine and high temperatures but also dark days with clouds and rain. My just made two all weather wear Gable Tops are reflecting exactly both weather conditions.
I used an olive green sweater fabric for the short sleeved version and a dark grey T-shirt fabric for a long sleeved version. I also wanted to use my overlocker as much as possible for both makes.
Assembly Line is a new Swedish Indie pattern designer. Their designs have that famous stylish Scandinavian and minimalistic look. This Elastic Tie Sweater is a perfect example of this type of design. The pleated col is held together with an elastic cord. These pleats have the function of darts. Fabric suggestions for this Elastic Tie Sweater: jeans, wool en canvas. I bought this pattern at Stik&Stof. This shop just started selling a few Assembly Line pattern and lucky for me the Elastic Tie Sweater is one of them.
I sew so now and then baby clothes for a charity organisation. This time patterns come form Belgian sewing magazine. Fibre Mood released in their first edition Blake, a cute pair of skinny baby trousers. Perfect choice for trying my second Fibre Mood pattern. The pattern for the romper was found in an old LMV magazine.
This Fibre Mood Skinny Blake broekje LMV Bo Romper combination is suitable for a baby girl and made in pink and grey light weighted fabrics.