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
-tiny whoopee cushions (I saw packs of these in the party aisle of Target)
-fortune fish
-confetti poppers
-tiny plush
-enamel zipper pulls
-phone charms
-re-ment type miniatures
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.

Pocket Party Pouch

A few month’s ago I made some Pocket Party Pouches and I think I am going to make some more for Christmas gifts this year. I feel like they would be a cute way to give a gift card, and they worked up really quick. I am actually looking for even more patterns that I can make for gifts this holiday season, so please comment if you have any great ones to recommend!

October’s Plush Of The Month Club

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Another month another Plush Of The Month Club box shipped & received. Actually I am currently in the midst of packing up November boxes, so its always funny to look back and realize that another month has gone by in a flash.
For the October boxes I decided I wanted to make plush bats out of a soft velvet fabric I found. I debated on making them have wings that open and close with velcro, or posable feet that they could hang upside down with. In the end I went with both, because sometimes ideas just overtake you like that.
I drew up a vintage style Halloween cat/pumpkin totem sort of thing and had it silkscreened onto orange pennants to add into the boxes.
I also sent gummy body parts in skeleton treat bags along because a Halloween box needs at least one candy treat! I decided I wanted to wrap the bats in Halloween wrapping paper, and thought my bats design would work out well. Since I knew I would only need a small sheet for each bat I had my pattern printed on legal sized paper as individual wrapping sheets. This meant that even though I was going to be wrapping up 200 presents, I at least would not need to cut the paper for each of them. The bats were then tied with some orange string to add to the festive feel.
All of the photos in this post are from my phone, and a few were taken at night, so please forgive the bad lighting. As you can see when it comes to packing them up I require lots and lots of coffee.
I hope you enjoy the peeks inside the process.