Not wanting to sound redundant, I'll not say that December leaped by too quickly. In fact, the reason I didn't blog, wasn't because it flew by, but that there were so so so many projects to work on, I choose to use all my time I focus on those. I finished most, but I still have a few more time-sensitive ones that I must finish asap! But before I share about those, I'd love to share what I have been working on, here's a glimpse at December's finished projects.
1) I decided to make my cute nephew, Myles, a Star Wars backpack that he can take with him to "school" (daycare). I followed this tutorial from Hart & Sew, I altered a few minor things, I'm pleased with the result! (Sorry for the dark photo, Portland has been so dark lately, it's very difficult to get a good photo!)
2) I made my mom two pot holders using a charm pack of 1930s reproduced fabric and an organic canvas. For my dad, he keeps many, many journals, so I made him this journal cover. I used this tutorial from Stitched in Color.
3) I've also been working on new samples for Modern Domestic, it involves these yummy colors and fabrics, more info coming soon!
4) December Portland Flea! This became our 2012 Christmas card, perfect to show what we've been working on all year long, developing our business, Remnant! In December, I finished reupholstering this Mid-Century sofa, and it sold quickly! I also made the vintage wool quilt you see draped over the sofa, that is still for sale in our booth at Hawthorne Vintage.
5) For this month's Portland Flea, I made lots of handmade vintage goods. The week before, I made three quilts (granted they required little or no patchwork)! One wool vintage patchwork quilt, two vintage sheet and fabric whole cloth quilts, five pillows, handmade tags, and fabric bags using In Color Order's wonderful pattern (that does allow you to sell them!). Unfortunately much of this didn't sell at Portland Flea (wrong venue for this type, but it was worth a shot, I'm posting the rest now on etsy).
Here's a process photo of one of the whole-cloth quilts. I couldn't cut into this vintage sheet, it was the inspiration for the whole-cloth quilt idea.
6) At the December Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting, we exchanged gifts with our secret swap partners. First we swapped fabric in November, then we were to make something using their fabric. I pulled out my favorite Lotta Jansdotter fabric, and I was inspired to make Deb a sewing machine cover, pincushion, and thread bin. I used Elizabeth Hartman's tutorial for the pincushion, and made up as I went for the sewing machine cover. Deb loves it! Hooray! I'd love to make myself one of these someday too. ;)
7) My brother, Stuart, and sis-in-law, Cindy, went on a trip to Seattle, so as gifts I made them both their own travel toiletries zipper bag. I used Noodlehead's tutorial for open wide zipper pouches. For Cindy's bag, I had been wanting to play around with this neon thread. So I used some decorative stitches over a natural canvas, backed it with Essux hot pink linen! For Stuart's bag, I used the leftover Star Wars fabric and pieced together a good force side versus the dark side of the force for his bag. He loved it of course! As it got closer to Christmas, I took less and less photos :(
8) For Chris, I made him some pajama pants out of a soft green and black flannel. I used this super easy pattern and was able to start and finish the project in one night. I'd recommend this pattern for anyone looking for a quick pattern!
9) I helped throw a baby shower for a friend, Courtney having her third baby boy. I planned the craft activity, decorating onesies with fabric. It turned out really cute! It was uber simple: iron heat n bond on the back of the fabric, cut out shapes and/or words, then iron it on to the onesies.
December was a month were I sewed literally for hours everyday, and I enjoyed almost every minute! ;) Were you busy with making gifts? I'm happy to be back sharing my craft process and projects here on the blog, thanks for sticking around!