Something I’m making this year are piles and piles of infinity scarves (remember the tutorial I posted in September?). They don’t take very long, they’re so pretty and practical, and you can personalize them with fabric choice to suit the recipient.
I’ve made three more variations of the classic knit jersey style I had originally made, and I really think they’re all pretty!
Sparkly Striped Sweater Knit Infinity Scarf
For a festive and sparkly look (like the first picture above), I made an infinity scarf with a glittery striped sweater knit. I made this one extra wide (the raw fabric measured about 40″ wide before it was folded and sewn).
Woven Burgundy & Chocolate Plaid Infinity Scarf
Plaid is trendy in a big way this year, and I made a second version of the infinity scarf with a plaid woven fabric with a slight stretch to it. This one was also extra wide (at about 44″ before it was folded and sewn). I’m really liking the look of adding quite a bit of extra width to the scarves, giving them a dramatic full look.
Cream Lace Overlay Infinity Scarf
Finally, I made a third version of the infinity scarf by laying a piece of stretch lace over a piece of stretchy jersey (both were about 15″ wide) right sides together. I sewed them together along the length of each side, and then completed the rest of the scarf as I did in my original tutorial. You could use a different colour of knit jersey for a more contrasting look. It’s such a romantic version of the infinity scarf!
Have you tried making an infinity scarf yet? Please share below if you have with a link to your finished project! Or, if you’re planning on making one for yourself or as a Christmas gift – what would be your favourite fabric choice?
If you’re looking for a fun little Christmas holiday craft for your toddler or preschooler, these candy cane mice are really easy and cute!
My Little C (she’s 3 going on 4 in January) made these today and they were quick. She picked out the colours of felt that each mouse needed to be, I cut out the pieces and did the gluing (but if you had regular white glue, a child could easily do that part too) and then she inserted the candy cane.
She gave them all names and played with them for a while – I believe the purple one is “Desmerella”.
Some of my most sacred childhood possessions were the handmade doll accessories and clothing my mom (who’s taught me everything I know about sewing) made for me.
I wanted to make something hopefully as special for my little 3 year old (soon to be 4 on January 1st!) daughter. She has a little Baby Alive doll she’s named Ariel, and Ariel has no diapers. My Little C specifically requested them (along with some doll clothes, which I hope to tackle before Christmas too), and I thought they’d be so much fun to sew. I also found an adorable dolly diaper bag pattern that I thought my girl would love, and then I thought: “What the heck! I’ll sew up a wipes case, changemat and bib too and make it a sweet little set!”
This deluxe dolly diaper bag and accessories set would work for any doll that’s around 12-15″ tall (like Baby Alive, Melissa & Doug 12″ Dolls, Waldorf Dolls, American Girl Bitty Baby) and it’s a great way to use up scraps of fabric (from my ever-growing collection of fabric goodness from my favourite place to get it – Fabric.com). You could give the set as-is, or add more things to the bag like a doll’s bottle, pretend food jars, spoons… and really anything that you think the wee recipient would love!
scraps of cotton fabric (you’ll need a yard for the bag and then just little bits for the rest)
scraps of minkee or fleece fabric (for the “wipes”, the bib lining, the diaper lining and the changemat lining)
three squares of crafter’s felt coordinating colours (for heart appliques and wipes case)
1″ wide velcro
Doll Diaper Bag with Heart Applique
I sewed the dolly diaper bag first. I basically followed this wonderful doll diaper bag tutorial by Mommy By Day Crafter By Night to a tee. The only changes I made were omitting the cardboard base (I wanted the bag to be washable) and I sewed a heart applique from two layers of felt on the front piece of fabric before sewing it to the rest of the pieces (I eyeballed the heart, but you could also print a heart out from an image on the computer and use that as a pattern). The tutorial was so easy to follow, and the size and shape of the bag will be perfect for my little Miss!
I cut a piece each out of cotton fabric and minkee fabric, pinned them right sides together, sewed around leaving a 2″ hole, flipped them right side out, and then top stitched around the perimeter (closing the hole). I added a pink felt heart to the back of each diaper (I eyeballed the heart shape again and simply sewed it on).
Doll Felt Wipes Case with Wipes
The miniature wipes case and wipes were next. I also got this idea from Craftaholics Anonymous and thought it was so very cute and clever! I made the case out of squares of felt as per the tutorial, cut out an oval, sewed on a flap, and finished the flap with another heart applique. For the “wipes”, I cut out squares of white minkee fabric and stuffed them in. My daughter is going to go crazy over this!
Doll Folding Changemat
To make the changemat, I cut out a rectangle of cotton fabric and one of minkee fabric that were each 8″ wide by 15″ long. I rounded the top corners of the fabrics using a round cup as a guide. Then, I pinned them right sides together, sewed around the perimeter with a 1/4″ seam allowance and leaving a 2″ hole, turned it right side out, and top-stitched around the perimeter (and closed the hole this way). I finished with two lines of stitching that went horizontally across the pad to divide the mat in thirds vertically, a velcro piece at the inside top and the opposite side of the velcro in the middle of the bottom panel (as shown in the pictures above) and a heart applique.
This wee DIY bib was the final piece to this dolly set. I couldn’t find a pattern online that I liked for a dolly bib, so I measured my girlie’s doll and made a printable doll bib pattern up – feel free to use it if you need it! Simply click the image below to make it full size before you print it out and use it as a pattern.
I cut out a piece of cotton fabric and a piece of minkee fabric using this pattern and then pinned them right sides together. I sewed them together leaving a 2″ opening, turned the bib right side out, top-stitched it, and then stitched on some tiny pieces of velcro to the neck openings.
I’m going to fill the dolly diaper bag with all of the tiny accessories, and then I’ll probably add some more things that a “little mommy” might need for her “baby” (spoons, “food”, bottles, a blanket). I may add a few handmade dolly clothes, but we’ll see how far I get before Christmas!
I truly hope my spunky little girl will love this handmade dolly diaper bag set as much as I think she will – it will make sewing these crazy-small little diapers all worthwhile!
PJ pants are such a classic handmade Christmas Eve present that I enjoy making and giving to my hubby and kids each year. I “cheat” a little and don’t use a pattern – I simply sneak some of their favourite pants from their drawers and make a simple pattern directly from the pants they have!
If you’re looking for a beginner’s sewing project that would make a practical and heart-warming Christmas gift (or gift for any time of year), you might want to try this method to make some pajama pants for your baby, your toddler, your hubby or yourself. It’s easy and quick and I always have a blast searching for fun fabrics to make these pants with.
an pair of pants with an elastic waist that currently fits the person you’re sewing these for
Making the Pajama Pants Pattern
Wash your fabric. Fold it in half lengthwise (if you’re making adult pants or larger child’s pants you won’t be folding it in half because you’ll only be able to fit one full leg on your fabric’s width).
Fold the pants you’re using as a template in half lengthwise at the crotch, placing them towards one side (as shown in the first picture above). Trace, adding approximately 1 1/2″ inches to the top (for the waistband – pull the elastic taught when tracing this part), a 1/2″ for the length (for the seam allowance) and 2″ at the bottom (for the hem). Mark where the outer edge of the leg is.
Flip the pants over to the other side, keeping the edge of the leg in line with your marking (as shown above) and keeping the pants folded in half. Trace the other side of the pants as you did the first side, adding the extra inches.
You should end up with a shape similar to the above shape. You can use a straight edge to straighten the legs if needed. One side should have a slightly deeper curve – this is the back of the pants that allows for extra bum room! Cut out another piece just like this (using the first as a guide) if you’re making larger pants and didn’t fold the fabric.
Sewing the Pajama Pants
Sewing these little PJ pants is so easy!
Beginning with one piece, turn it in half lengthwise with the right sides together. Sew the inseam together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Using a serger makes this go super quickly, but if you don’t have one, you can finish the seams with a zigzag stitch. Repeat with the second leg.
Then, pin the two legs together at the crotch, matching up the inseams, and seam them together using a 1/2″ allowance.
Turn the pajama pants right side out, and press them. For the waistband, fold it over 1/2″ to the inside and press. Fold it over another 1 1/4″ and press. For the hem, fold each pant leg in 1″ and then another 1″ and press.
Stitch both about 1/4″ from the fold. Leave about a 1 1/2″ opening at the back of the waistband to thread the elastic through.
Cut your elastic to the same size as your template pants (add 1/2″ for the join). Thread it through the upper casing and stitch it securely together at the ends. Stitch the opening closed.
I like to add another line of stitching on the waistbands of my pants to keep the elastic from rolling and shifting. To do this, pull the elastic waistband taut and sew line in the middle of the casing (as above).
You’re already done your adorable little DIY pajama pants! Now wasn’t that easy?
Whip a few pairs up for your family and friends for a thoughtful Christmas gift (and please comment and share below if you’ve made your own PJ pants)!
One of my friends needed an apron for a costume this month. It had to be red gingham with a white ruffle and heart applique, so I set to designing it from scratch. I absolutely loved the result and I think this feminine little apron would make an adorable Christmas gift for a friend (or make a smaller version for a toddler’s dress-up collection)!
This is a simple project, and a great one for beginner seamstresses. It requires little fabric and can be whipped up in about an hour.
2 yards gingham fabric (I used red & white gingham – you could order only a yard, but then you will have to cut the apron tie in two pieces and stitch them together making a visible seam)
1/2 yard white eyelet fabric
applique adhesive paper
I purchased my fabric for this project from fabric.com:
Cut 3 strips from the white eyelet fabric that are 3 inches wide and 44″ long (or whatever the width of your fabric is – mine was 44″) for the ruffle. Cut a 5″ square out of the white eyelet fabric and the applique adhesive paper, fuse them together (according to the directions on the applique paper’s packaging), and then cut out a heart shape (I free-handed mine, but you could also print out a 5″ wide heart and use that as a pattern). Cut a piece of the gingham fabric that is 4″ wide by 70″ long (for the apron tie – use the full length of the 2 yards for this so that it is one continuous piece) and one that is 16″ long by 35″ wide (for the main apron piece).
The ruffle: Sew the three ruffle strips together, and then fold the entire strip in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together. Gather the raw edge (I use a serger and adjust the tension, but you could also use a regular machine basting stitch and pull the threads to gather).
Round the two bottom corners of the main apron piece (I use an ice cream pail lid as a guide) and then pin the ruffle to the sides and bottom of the main apron piece, raw edges together. Stitch together, fold the ruffle down and then top-stitch about 1/4″ away from the seam as shown above. This helps the ruffle stay flat!
Apply the heart applique to the lower right corner of the apron (about 3 or 4 inches from the edge) and satin stitch it to the apron.
Gather the top of the apron so that it measures approximately 17″ wide.
Find the center of the apron and the center of the apron tie piece (by folding each in half). Pin them together, right sides together and raw edges aligned, with the centers matching. Sew together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Fold the apron tie in half lengthwise, right sides together, and pin. Sew the ends together using a 1/2″ seam. Then, sew the strap together on either side of the main apron piece, ending the seam about 1/2″ from the apron (as shown above).
Finally, fold the remaining raw edge of the tie under 1/2″, pin it to the apron, and sew it about 1/4″ from the folded edge to the apron.
Your pretty little ruffled apron is done! Now, go bake some cinnamon buns or give the apron to your bestie as a cute Christmas gift.
Are you joining me in committing to a handmade Christmas this year? Here, I’ve linked up to my nine most favourite DIY Christmas gifts for men. I’ll admit that this one was HARD! I find it difficult to come up with handmade presents for men that they (or at least my husband) wouldn’t find cheesy and strange. I’m confident that these would be welcomed by a special man in your life!
Are you joining me in committing to a handmade Christmas this year? I’ve found the absolute sweetest and most creative DIY ideas for toddler gifts! From easy homemade play dough to a super hero fort kit, these gifts would be exciting for any little one to receive.