Thursday, January 2, 2014

Christmas Sewing 2013

This year for Christmas I decided to make quilted stocking for our families. We don't really do a gift exchange with all of the siblings anymore, but if I have the time, I like to sew something for everyone. I was inspired by these amazing quilted stockings. I chose to use printed fabrics rather than solids, and no cuff. For the guys, I made a bound edge along the top of the stocking, and for the girls I added a ruffle!

This post is going to be quite picture-heavy, so let's get to it!

These are for my family: Matt, Addy and Nikki

For my sister and BIL: Nick and Stacey

For my stepbrother's family: Rob, Jenn, and Oliver

For my parents and brother: Bev, Bob and Robbie

For my BILs: Mark and Jeff

For my in laws: Marla and Ray

These were really fun to quilt! I wish the close up pictures of the red batik stocking had come out, because I quilted feathers on those. Unfortunately I can never seem to photograph red very well!
I also sent my sister these hand knit wrist warmers (pattern is from Issue #21 of Mollie Makes, yarn is Madeline Tosh in pomegranate, I think!). The owl was her sorority mascot, so much to my brother in law's dismay, she collects all things owl!

For Addy's Faith Formation teachers I made table toppers:

For Addy's school teacher I made an apron. This may sound a bit clique at first, but her teacher actually wears an apron all day. She keeps little treats in it, and she gives them out to the students throughout the day. Maybe she will prefer her usual apron, but in case she'd like something new, here's what I made:

And lastly, I had a few spare moments before Christmas to sew for Addy! I found this pattern (Simplicity 1581) a few weeks before Christmas and I just knew I had to sew up these doll dresses for Addy's dolls. They are the Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, Tinker Belle, Princess Aurora, and Belle dresses for an 18" doll! I sewed all but the Belle dress in kona cotton, because I have lots of colors on hand, and it's easy to toss in the wash! The swags on the Belle dress required fabric with better drape.

To go with the dresses, I made a tote bag from the book, All Dolled Up:

I couldn't help but use this super hero (Super Kids fabric line, by Ann Kelle) print for the bag lining!

I hope you all had a fabulous holiday season! Here's to a great 2014, when I hope to share a bit more on my blog!


StasaLynn said...

Wow! The stockings are darling and I love how you said "if I have the time...." Your family was very blessed and Addy certainly must have LOVED the adorable dresses and tote for her doll!

Happy New Year!

Farm Quilter said...

Mercy, woman!! Way to make me feel like a slug this year - not a single quilty, homemade gift!! Your stockings are adorable and I love that you did so many different quilting motifs. The doll dresses are so cute - weren't the sleeves a bugger to inset in such a small hole? Hmmm, wanna adopt another granny or maybe I could teach your daughter something! Awesome all the way around!!!

upstateLisa said...

You are one busy girl! Happy New Year! Hope to see you soon!

Laurie said...

Wow- these are all so sweet and beautifully made. I especially love the ruffle cuff on the stockings. Did your daughter die of happiness when she received all of those doll dresses? They are AMAZING.

Deb said...

Hi Nikki! I am amazed at all you accomplished! The stockings are beautiful, just beautiful! and I love all the photography. Great job on everything! I made one table runner for a gift for Christmas and thought I had really done something! For me, yes! Happy New Year to you.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Everything in this post is beautiful. Lucky Addie to have all those doll dresses--Charlotte has an American Girl doll, which she even got from us, and sadly I have not sewn a single thing. Poor under-dressed doll.