Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas Crafting and Some Classic Pics

It’s my favorite time of the year, I LOVE CHRISTMAS, and I love making my gifts. With the economy being what it is, this will definitely be a “make it or bake it” Christmas, meaning if I can’t make it or bake it, it won’t happen. I usually make most of my gifts and it’s always a challenge meeting my gift criteria---no junk, must be useful, crafty, easy to make and cute. While we were in Texas I received some inspiration, my Aunt Vicky had a Christmas apron that was just too cute so I sketched it and this is what I came up with….

I will give this to my girl friends and probably send one to my sisters and niece in California. I will probably have to make some as gifts for teachers and all those other people that you want to give “a little something too”
The pattern is really simple it’s basically one piece cut on the fold two side ties and one for the neck. I used extra wide double fold bias tape around the sides and top and I had some glittery thread that I used. I think they will be well received.

I know I look a hot mess but I was still a little road weary lol.

Last year’s gift was “Kitchen Britches”, they are extremely simple and very cute, everyone always loves them. They are super simple to make, it’s just two dish clothes, the ones that come in packs of ten at Wal-Mart for 6 or 7 bucks, some ribbon, small Christmas bells and a really cute poem that goes

“Don’t be dismayed
Don’t be mislead
These are not for you
But for your dishes instead
So untie the ribbon
Undo the stitches
Now you have two dishcloths
But you’ve lost your britches”

How cute is that, it’s almost two cute but everyone loved them. I think I made about 40 pair, after pair 30 it stopped being fun lol. I’m sure I will feel the same way about the apron but the first one was fun, I made it out of some .50 cent/yd fabric since I didn’t have a pattern I wanted to do a “test run”.

To make these you just weave the ribbon through the top, joining the two dishclothes, then weave the bottom with ribbon add the bells to the bottom and add the ribbon down the front so that they look like a little pair of "britches". Pin the poem on and you're done.

Also I promised to post some of the baby pictures that my Father gave me so here they are, I was an adorable baby if I do say so myself.

And this one is just wrong, what’s with those hats lol.

The one in the upper left has to be my favorite, it is my oldest and second oldest sister, I don’t think I was born, or if I was I was a baby, there’s two years difference between me and my older sisters. The one next to that one is my oldest sister, she looks like she might be 5 or 6 and the one at the bottom is my second oldest sister (I think). Anyway these are priceless and I just might have to take up scrapbooking because I think they deserve something special.

Have fun with your Christmas crafts and let me know if you use any of my ideas.


Lesalicious said...

Love the baby pictures. Cute apron. You don't look a mess at all. :)

Susan said...

Great baby pics and wonderful FO. I really like the color choice. Your girlfriend's will be happy.

Sheila said...

What a great idea for xmas gifts. You must take up scrapbooking to have a special place for those beautiful pics.