Last Christmas, I was a late bloomer when it came to hand made gifts. Although I managed to make a few, I left it very late and was still finishing up presents for the kiddies on Christmas Eve.
This year I wanted to get a head start and during the summer I crafted and made many gifts for friends and family. Because all of the items I made are my own patterns, I wanted to share them with other mama's (and papa's) who may also want a head start on the holiday season this year, or may just be looking for a free tutorial to whip up a birthday gift.
From now until the begining of December - I will be posting free tutorials here on my blog. I will also be scouring the internet for a round-up of the other free tutorials once a month. The tutorials will range from season specific gifts through to more generic gifts which can be used for any time of year.
The Free Tutorial Kick-off begins today with a simple pot holder tutorial, a perfect project for a beginner or for any seamstress looking to use up those scraps!
You can see examples of the present and future tutorials in the Free Tutorial Flickr Group which I will be updating weekly and which will be permanently on my sidebar.
Please use this flickr pool to post photos of your own work using the tutorials and during the first week of December, the flickr photo with the most unique comments will receive a box of fabrics and handmade goodies, just in time for Christmas!
Let the crafting begin!....
Hi, Jay here, with Dee in California and me fullfilling her role (minus the sewing!) at home, I decided to hijack the blog and add my own entry! (shouldn't leave the auto-login feature on, hehe!)
Today is Maddy's first day at pre-k and with this, the event needed to be documented from start to finish. The day started with a rude awakening at 6.17am from Josh, happily rested and satisfied with getting everyone else up, it was on to the ritual of
arguing over sharing the toys that first grabbed their attention in the lounge, after which Madds had decided that 'drawing a picture on her leg' was the best way to impress her new teacher, thankfully I managed to persuade her otherwise and she washed it off in the sink!
To distract them, I answered the call of Maddy's tummy and knocked up her favorite (this week) dish of egg on toast with sausages, this was calmly devoured and ended 3/4 of the way through egg No.2! Josh however was more happy munching the sangers and helped polish off madds too!
We then dropped off Josh at 'morning's for
mum's dad's' so that I could hang around at the school in case the induction didn't go as planned (its school policy, needless to say I wasn't needed as Madds settled in just fine).
Before we left to get Madds to school, there was just enough time to set up a little snap of Dad and Maddy, all ready to go!
Off to school!
Safely in school, Madds wasted no time in getting on with play!
After picking up Madds from school we headed home and within minutes, (school is a 3 min drive!) 'Princess Maddy' was back on her throne, enjoying lunch!!
School was only an hour today as an induction, 'real' school starts on Monday from 9.20 - 11.50 and Maddy is excited to be going, our little girl has embarked on another big step in her walk of life, I am one proud father!!!
I have managed to plough a couple more hours into finishing up some ongoing projects today. Todays accomplishment is getting this quilt and outfit done and ready to be gifted to the Infant Emergecy Services in our town.
I actually won the fabric to make this quilt, from the very talented Crazy Mom Quilts - after correctly guessing how many quilts she had in her home! As soon as they arrived, I knew I wanted to make one of the free Amy Butler quilt patterns which Amanda Jean made.
This quilt top has been pieced and quilted for a while and today I finally got around to sewing on the binding and adding the minky elephant.
...and I still have enough left to put towards another baby quilt - thank you Amanda Jean for your generosity!
Whilst the temperatures are soaring here right now, I have been working on this little project for some cooler times - a Christmas Quilt. I picked up a layer cake of Moda's Winter fabric with the idea of creating a christmas quilt and having some squares left over, I also managed to make a table runner too!
The quilt in the morning sun:
A close up of some of the squares:
The backing a binding:
and the table runner:
I am also working on a matching tree skirt, which I am putting on the back burner right now, until a bit closer to Christmas.
Now, back to finishing off more unfinished projects!
Happy Breakfasts (inspired by pancakes made by a fellow Mama, who's blog I am still desperately searching for)
Brunch with friends...
Surviving the heat - it hit 105 here yesterday (with humidity it is said to feel more like 110 or 43 celcius)
Getting some gifts finished for imminent birthdays (handmade dress, store bought coat)
Playing around with patterns to make new creations.
Grabbing some down-time - even if it was just 10 minutes whilst the kiddies were amused..
This week promises more of the same temperatures - which pretty much shape our day right now. We end up venturing out in the morning for a couple of hours before it really heats up - although usually when we head home at 11ish it is already 95 degrees (35 celcius)
I am happy to have my newest Tutorial up and running - An Easy Peasy Charm Pack Baby Quilt. This simple quilt can be done on any regular sewing machine and is easy enough for every skill level.
I have a number of online places that I buy charm packs from:
Jeannies Fabrics on Etsy has lovely Charm Packs
If you have any questions about the Charm Quilt Tutorial, please drop me a line!