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The few weeks leading up to Christmas were cold and/or rainy making it perfect weather to work on inside crafty projects. I got out the sewing machine and made a few Christmas presents.

My sewing skills would be considered novice & I typically tend to get in over my head. I have a horrible time understanding the printed directions in a pattern and spend way too much time with my seam ripper. Thankfully, my skills must be improving. I didn’t have TOO much trouble with these projects.


I made these String Bags for the boys taekwondo uniforms. I was impressed with myself that I had little trouble making the front zipper pockets. I also had a fairly easy time appliqueing the symbols on the pocket. But, I think I did the straps wrong.
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Pattern: The Green Pepper F865



I made aprons in coordinating fabric for me, my mom, my daughter, sister, niece, & 2 baby dolls. I much preferred the pattern I used for the adult aprons. I hated the bias tape needed on the little girl aprons. Although, in this pic the little girl aprons look cuter. So, maybe the bias tape was worth it.
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Adult Apron Pattern: Butterick B4945 Little Girl & Doll Apron Pattern: Simplicity 1936



These didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped. The pajama pants I made for the boys are way too big in the butt area. Maybe I sewed them wrong? My kids just don’t have that much junk in the trunk. The nightgown, though, turned out ok.

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Pattern: Simplicity J0473



I made hat/mitten combos for our two youngest children using fleece and faux fur. They were easy to make and fit the kids well.
I thought our oldest son may be a little old for the hat/mitten combo, so I opted for a monster hat instead. It was easy enough to make, but it’s too big on him.
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Monster Hat Pattern: Simplicity 1337. Animal Hat Pattern: Simplicity 1795



I found “I ♥ Bacon” fabric at Joann’s and knew I had to make something with it for my oldest son. He really does love bacon & he’s currently raising pigs. I decided on a pillowcase. It’s not my best work. But, he doesn’t seem to mind.
I used the burrito style of pillowcase making similar to this tutorial at The Twiddletails Blog.

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The kids & I made felt chicken ornaments for our Poultry 4H gift exchange. I made the rooster at the lower right. It took me a couple hours to sew him together. He’s cute, but I don’t think he’s cute enough for the time I spent on it.
I didn’t use a pattern for the penguins. I found a couple photos and then winged it. It’s not quite as cute of a display as I was hoping, but the penguins turned out ok. And, most importantly, the kids loved it.

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I have been wanting to sew a quilt for years. This was my year to go for it. I took part in an Instagram Sew Along with Bee in my Bonnet. Most of the finished quilt I really like, but there are a few things I wish I would have done differently. I didn’t do a very good job on the quilting part & messed up the back. Hopefully I learned a few things, though, and my next quilt will be better.

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It’s been a long time since I have had much time to dedicate to sewing. It was nice.

I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season!