Monday, January 3, 2011

Uni is finally finished!

Uni is finished and Christmas is over. This year was particularly stressful because we decided to make all of the Christmas presents. This means that I made all of the presents. Thank goodness I had some amazing books for inspiration. The two that I used were Sew Darn Cute and One Meter Wonders.
My favourites were this bag (adapted from OMW) for one of our friends. She had given me a stack of her old clothes to use as scrap fabric. So I repurposed one of her old shirts:

I also had a great time making my step-father's birthday present. The pattern for the laptop bag is adapted from SDC and to get the design on it, I had Bel draw with my fabric pen and then I stitched over the top of her markings (extremely hard to follow the scribbles of a 2 year old!). She said that she had drawn 'big fish'.

As for Christmas decorations, I made a nativity scene and advent calendar which I am very proud of. David got annoyed that I had so many pieces of scrap fabric lying around, so I tried to use them up making the gifts and decorations. I didn't use a pattern for either of these projects, but did search the net extensively for inspiration. For the advent calendar, I ended up painting or appliqueing each of the squares, but was extremely happy with the result (except for my inability to paint the numbers on uniformly!)