Now that a new year is upon us I thought that perhaps I should close out the old one by showing you the gifts that I made for Christmas 2021.
But first, I want to actually show you the box that Jay made for my sewing machine (since I had forgotten to download it when I posted about his Christmas projects).
The top box is for my Merritt (shown in this picture), and the other is for my 403A.
I really love this machine. We’ve had our disagreements, but we’ve been able to work it out. If you have a vintage Singer sewing machine let me highly recommend AndyTube. This gentleman posts videos on YouTube and shows you how to do all sorts of maintenance, repair and refurbishing of these wonderful machines. I think he has helped me figure out why my stitches were skipping and why the thread would get hung up on the bobbin case.
So what have I sewn after working on those lunch boxes? Well, just a couple items.
I found a pattern on Etsy for a zippered pouch pattern in the shape of a cat’s head. At the time I didn’t know what I would do with it, but I had to have it. As Christmas was approaching I was trying to figure out what I wanted to make for my best friend’s little girl. She will be 2 at the end of February and she’s a little cutie. That’s when I thought of the cat pattern and decided that I would turn it into a little purse. What little girl doesn’t love carrying around a purse her size? I know that I had several when I was her age.
I chose some fun material with cats on it (of course) and added a second tab on the other side of the head. The pattern only has one tab for a wristlet, but I decided to give it a try. I think it turned out rather cute! My friend’s daughter loved it, at least she had a big smile on her face in the picture I was sent.
It’s not very big since it’s meant to be a zippered pouch that is carried in another bag, but it’s about right for a 2 year old.
The other thing I worked on was a zippered bag that when it is unzipped it opens up into almost a bowl. It’s called The Luttel Bag by The Eli Monster. I thought this might make a good reusable snack bag. I had some special liner that is food safe and BPA free, so I made up a couple of these for one of my friends.
Yes, more cat fabric. Look how cute it is! Wouldn’t you be happy opening a bag like that at snack time?
I believe I made the large size. See how it kind of opens into a bowl shape?
This is the inside. I was trying to sew the bottom onto it when Judy (my 403A) and I had our last disagreement, so the sewing doesn’t look very nice. But it works. I have to admit I didn’t follow this pattern exactly. You were supposed to cut out two circles for the bottom, fold them in half and sew each half onto the bottom so that when it was turned right-side-out you would then hand stitch the two circles together to close the opening. Well, I didn’t want to use that much of my liner fabric (it’s rather expensive) and also I didn’t want to do any hand sewing. Instead I sewed the circle onto the entire bottom and then just used some scrap pieces to bind the seam (similar to what is done on the lunch bags). I don’t think it looks too bad.
That’s it for the sewing portion of today’s blog. Now onto the crocheting.
I purchased a cute kitchen towel for the friend, who also received the resuable snack bags. I thought about crocheting a top to it so that she can hang it in her kitchen, but the towel wasn’t big enough to cut into two decent-sized towels. Instead I looked up the No Button, No Sew Towel Holder. Last year my sister was looking for a pattern like this and I found it for her, so I decided it was my turn to try it.
They turned out okay. Nothing fancy. I think it took maybe 15 minutes each to make these. Very easy and they work great.
I really like crocheting things for my friend’s daughter (the one who also received the purse), but I never know what she’ll wear or what size she will fit since she’s growing like a weed! My friend’s family loves to be outside so I decided that I would make a poncho. It’s easy enough to put on the little darling and shouldn’t be too constrictive as she grows.
The first pattern I found was the Scalloped Edge Poncho by MSL Beanies. I know I purchased it off of Etsy, but I can’t seem to find it there any more. I’ve added the link to her ravelry store.
I used the mix lot yarn I’d purchased from Ice Yarns two years ago. I decided on this color because I thought it would pair well with jeans. The pattern was okay, but after I finished it I thought that it might be too small. To be fair, I haven’t seen the little one since she was about six months old, and I’m not very good at judging sizes in pictures. To be safe I decided to make a second poncho. This pattern was also purchased on Etsy and is the Queens Poncho by Bag O Day crochet.
I had leftover pink and green ombre yarn from the Tulip Afghan I made last summer, which would make an adorable little slice of watermelon. I think it turned out really cute. I’m hoping it fits by the time poncho weather comes back around.
Last, but not least, I decided to crochet up a bunch of dishcloths in between all these projects.
I have a LOT of cotton on hand (and actually just found a box of Dishie that I’d completely forgotten about), so I just started cranking them out. They are nice projects to work on during my lunch break, or if I just have a few minutes in the morning. I always forget, though, that crocheting with cotton is harder on my wrist because it doesn’t slide like acrylic when you are crocheting.
That’s all I made to be given as Christmas gifts. During my time off of work I managed to make another Project Linus blanket (a future post will be coming) and I’ve started to make a few things from the recent Annie’s Caring Crochet packages I’ve received (those will also be in future posts). As for my sewing room, I’m going to finish off the last four lunch bags. I already have everything cut out and partially assembled, so I’m going to get those done and out of the sewing room. I have plans for a few birthday gifts, plus the possible gifts of back packs for the guys next Christmas. I can never say that I don’t have anything to work on!
I hope that everybody enjoyed a blessed Christmas and that you are looking forward to a promising New Year!