Handmade Christmas

I have always preferred handmade gifts to purchased ones, no matter the occasion.
When I was a child, my mother made a stuffed rabbit for me. She was crafted out of old blue jeans from our family and some remnants of brown velvet upholstery fabric.

Although she wasn’t made out of fine, expensive fabric, she was my most prized possession.  Mom put so much love and care into making that doll; she wanted it to turn out perfect for her little girl…and it did! 

I now have two adorable nieces and they are quite taken by my old friend. I decided that I would make them bunnies of their own for Christmas.  I got a pair of blue jeans from my brother and sister-in-law to use for the bodies and found similar upholstery fabric. 

As is true most of the time, my imitation of my mother’s masterpiece is not exact.  “It just ain’t like Momma made it,” as they say.  But I’m sure my nieces won’t mind.

I hope the girls will treasure their bunnies and maybe even one day make some for their own daughters or nieces.   

 

I have a few more Christmas gifts to mark off of my to-do list, and then it’s back to the Forget-Me-Nots!

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Why Wait for 2013?

I did it!  I must say that I never expected to mark an item off of my list so soon, but I finished a forget-me-not!
Granted, it was the 10-minute skirt but hey, I’ve got to start somewhere right?  Here is the final product on Elie, my dress form…named after one of my favorite designers, Elie Saab of course. 
 
The idea for making this skirt came about because my friends often tell me that they want to sew a garment and ask for my help.  When I saw a link to this tutorial on Pinterest, I knew it would be the perfect project for us.  This skirt is quick and easy.  No real measuring or sewing experience is needed, so it really is the perfect project for beginners. 
I ordered the fabric from Mood, which is one of my favorite fabric stores.  This particular skirt is made from a Lipstick/Metallic Red Plaid Boucle:
www.moodfabrics.com
 
I also made one of these skirts out of red and beige wool, and honestly, it’s my favorite of the two.  
www.moodfabrics.com
I’m pretty happy with how the skirt turned out and I’m thrilled that it’s done in time for the Holidays.  One project down, seven to go…