Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Santa Is Coming

     With Christmas right around the corner I've started making presents.  My goal is to make one thing, no matter how small, for each person on my Christmas List. 

Unbearably Cute Bear
     I  dressed this little bear with scraps from my wool felt basket.  Here she is with her flowery dress and  a rose in her "hair."  I think she is adorable and I hope my grandaughter will think so too!!

A Penny Saved
     I made several penny rugs for gifting:

Here are two plain three stacked penny rugs for two special ladies on Santa's List. Aren't the colors beautiful?   They measure approximately 10" x 10".  The pennies are 1 1/2 ",  1" and 1/2 inches.  To make the pattern for the "rug" part I cut a square or rectangle of freezer paper about 1/2 inch bigger than I want the finished rug to be.  Then I get something round to make the scallops.  You have to play around a little to make them even --but you can use this pattern quite a few times and trace it when you need a new one.  Iron the freezer paper on to your wool fel and cut!!  Pennies get nicer if you use freezer paper too, but if your pennies don't look perfect don't worry -- blanket stiching does wonders.  After cutting out the number of pennies I need I blanket stitch the smallest one to the medium sized one, the medium sized one to the large one, and the large one to the rug.  Then I cut a second rug and blanket stitch it to the completed rug to give the penny rug weight.  (To keep pennies from shifting while I stitch I use a small dab of Aleene's No-Sew Fabric Glue in the center of each penny . Caution:  Don't use too much or it will seep through to the top and do not use on the part you'll be sewing -- it is very difficult to get a needle through the dried glue.)

This is a longer version of the penny rugs above.  This one is 26 inches long and 11 inches wide.

This is one of my favorites.  Same general shape as the first ones, but the middle "penny" is cut in the shape of a flower and embroidery is added.  Cut two 1 1/2" pennies -- one black and one any color you want yor flower to be.  Then cut triangles out of the flower color to make the petals.

  These ornaments are from a kit by Rachel T. Pellman of Rachel's of Greenfield.  Of course after following general directions you make them one of a kind with special embellishments.  I added extra embroidery and beads to mine.  I still need to ad the hangers and some greens.  I'll take a picture when they are completely done.

Santa Clause is Coming
      These Santas are made from a pattern by All Through the Night--Folk Art Designs with a bit of Wimsy.  Each one is a little different.  I sewed mine by hand, but you can use a machine.  Love this pattern -- so simple but the results are very impressive -- don't you think?

1 comment:

  1. You are so talented; you really need to figure out a good way to market your stuff.

    Everything is created with such love, I'm sure everyone will cherish their gifts!