December Crafternoon








This should be my last post about December (which seems so far away now!) I didn’t have a crafternoon in January because some times it’s nice to take a month off and have plenty of time to plan the next one. December’s crafternoon is always a favorite of mine because everything is decorated all festively for Christmas, I get to make my annual holiday mixed cds for everyone, and there always seems to be plenty of Christmas cookies. We made felt stockings, decorated with colored floss, sequins, and buttons. I purchased some blank stockings for anyone who didn’t want to make their own, and then had felt sheets in as many colors as I could find for decorating them. Jessee brought her Sizzix Fabi machine with a few dies like snowflakes, and hexagons. I really need to look into these machines, some of my paper and fabric cutting for Plush Of The Month gets a little out of control. I think most people liked being able to have something pre-cut from felt, and it might have just been Molly and I who cut out our own shapes. I knew ahead of time I wanted to make several stockings and ended up with a snowman, reindeer, and tree (though I only took a photo of my snowman and the others are packed away with the Christmas stuff now). It was a wonderful time, and going through my photos has me even more excited for February’s Valentine crafternoon!

A look back at December










December seemed to really fly by this year, and since I did not blog at all during December I thought I’d share a few photos from the month. We made tons of snowflakes and strung them across the dining room with fishing line. There were gingerbread houses, and my son has really gotten into baking this past year so he made tons of cookies and packaged them up for his Christmas gifts. There was some stitching, and a few handmade gifts. I always have grand plans to make so many things, but I usually end up running out of time. We had a low key New Years Eve, stayed home and watched old & new family movies which is what we have done the past few years. My favorite kind of tradition.

November Plush Of The Month Club

Here is a look back into the creation of POMclub’s November box. While I thought about doing something related to Thanksgiving (you might remember that November of 2014 boxes had faux turkey legs) I was really excited about the idea of soft pretzels, so I decided to go that direction instead.
First I had the idea to design a fabric so it looked like it had salt all over it. I designed a few with various shades of tan and ordered a swatch from Spoonflower to decide on the pretzel shade before placing my large order. Once the fabric was proofed, I ordered my big roll of twenty yards of fabric. When that arrived it had to be measured, cut and sewn into tubes. If you’ve ever turned skinny tubes right side out you’ll know that this part of the plush assembly was interesting. I had been thinking about the pretzels and how best to fill the tubes long before I started proofing fabric. Polyfil was problematic because it took such a long time to stuff each tube with small puffs of polyfil, and once filled there would be small gaps between each puff. I knew that I’d have to think of something else if I was going to make the pretzels a reality. Finally with some research I stumbled upon foam tubing. Again I had to request samples of various typos and sizes before finding one that was perfect, but in the end my fabric from Spoonflower and giant roll of foam tubing ending up arriving on the same day.


As you can see there were pretzels upon pretzels! Once twisted I had to hand sew the ends in place, and add the faces as usual. I watch a lot of Hulu & Netflix during this part of the process.
I had ordered some kooky “mustard pack” gel candy to go with the pretzels. It is lemon flavored or something, but looks like a pack of mustard which is just how I like a soft pretzel. I decided to make button packs with a pretzel and mustard to go with them.
I was afraid of the gel candy leaking during transport, so each one was sealed inside a small ziploc bag and then nestled inside a pretzel stamped drawstring bag.

Packing of the November boxes was made easier when my sister came over to help wrap and pack them up. She draws the line at any kind of sewing work though. Help packing up orders is awesome and I’ll take it!
I’ll be back again soon to show you what was shipped in the December boxes, and before we know it I will be sharing what shipped out at the start of january.

Diamond-Hex Quilt $1 english paper piecing pattern

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Hello! It’s been so long since I blogged, the month of December just went by in a flash. Now we are into January and here in Pennsylvania that means many long cold gray days. In the evenings I like to work on some English Paper Piecing and I am sure you have heard me talk about it many times. If you’ve never tried it here is a great tutorial to get you started. I have been taking a break from another big paper piecing project, and decided I wanted to try and create my own pattern.

I wanted to give the pattern away so other people can stitch away the long winter, but apparently BigCartel will not let you “sell” free items. I even tried getting around it with coupon codes, but no-go. So the pattern is up in my shop for $1. However, if you buy anything in my shop use the code FREE and it will take the $1 off the quilt pattern.
The pattern does not include any instructions, but if you are familiar with english paper piecing it is all pretty self explanatory. I like to print my pieces on card stock with my home printer.
The quilt is made up of two basic shapes, large hexagons and small diamonds. The edges of the quilt are made by half diamonds (and I’ve included shapes for those too so you don’t have to try and cut the diamonds in half yourself) Each hexie measures 7 inches across. I’ve decided to turn mine into a lap quilt that measures 63×63 inches so my quilt will have 9 rows of 9 hexes. I have decided to use colorful Cotton & Steel fabrics for my hexagons and low volume fabrics for my diamonds, but you can come up with any combination of fabric you’d like.
If you decide to make one I would love to see, please use the hashtag #diamondhexquilt on instagram so I can find it.

November Crafternoon






November’s crafternoon was spent making surprise balls. I had some small goodies saved from thrifting, and then I bought some items from Tiny Things Are Cute. I made three balls in total but would of made even more if I had not run out of surprise fillings. They are lots of fun to roll up!
Here are some ideas for adding to surprise balls:
-fun balloons (animal shaped etc)
-origami items (like a cute folded paper crane)
-vintage charms or cracker jack toys
-small stickers
paper balloons
-candy
-tiny whoopee cushions (I saw packs of these in the party aisle of Target)
-fortune fish
-confetti poppers
-coins
-tiny plush
-enamel zipper pulls
-phone charms
-re-ment type miniatures
-jewelry
I hope those ideas help should you decide to make some surprise balls of your own. The photo at the bottom is the white elephant gift I gave. I had been doing lots of production sewing for Plush Of The Month Club, so it felt great to take some time to sew something a little different. The bag is a free pattern you can find here.