We are only one week away from Christmas! Kyle and I are heading out to Chicago to see my family this weekend, and we couldn’t be more excited. Our plans include baking far to many cookies, designing an elaborate gingerbread house, and generally enjoying being together! Times like these I just love the work from home setup so that we can stay for two weeks and still be able to work if needed. Continue reading “Velvet Reversible Christmas Stocking Sewing Tutorial”
Something about 2020 has me starting Christmas early, but the good news for you is that I can share all of my inspiration and research before most of you get your trees up! Now that we have moved up to Colorado and are surrounded by snowy woods, I have been really inspired to go for a natural and more neutral Christmas tree. We got all of our supplies in and quickly got to work decorating! What do you think?Continue reading “How to Decorate a Natural Christmas Tree”
I’m not sure how the tradition of making cookies at Christmas time came about, but I’m not complaining about it. Cookies happen to be my favorite desserts to make, and probably my favorite dessert to eat. Something I’ve never really been fond of, though, is gingerbread. Continue reading “Gingersnap Men”
Two things make me really excited about today’s DIY:
- One of my favorite Christmas movies is Elf, and I feel that this quote just really embodies the movie and also my diet.
- I added this quote to my PJ’s using only paper, spray adhesive, and fabric paint!! That’s right, no Silohouette, no Cricut, and no iron on letters. That, my friends, is a cheap way to screen print.
When you think of Christmas traditions you have, what are the main standouts? My favorite things include:
- Going downtown Chicago on Christmas Eve with my family, followed by 5:00 pm Mass
- Watching Christmas movies and drinking hot chocolate with my friends to get pumped for the holiday
- Driving around Houston to see all of the gorgeous Christmas lights
- Baking and decorating Christmas cookies
With Christmas less than two weeks away I have been packing in as many peppermint flavored, red and green themed, twinkly light adorned activities as I can! This past weekend my friend had a Christmas party and I (naturally) volunteered to make dessert. I thought, what would be cuter than some Santa whoopie pies? Continue reading “Christmas Santa Whoopie Pies”
With Christmas being only weeks away, I’m sure you’ve started your decorating. You pull out all of your glitzy garlands, scented candles, and pine needle centerpieces out of storage, set them up around the house, and then take a look to see that something is missing. Though finding old treasures from past years is fun, it’s always exciting to add something new into the mix.
I’ve written about the essential sewing tools that any sewer must have before in this post. If you know any aspiring seamstresses who need new tools, you should definitely consider buying them these essential items! But what do people who already sew really want for Christmas?
Besides the all encompassing fabric store gift cards (I don’t think I could ever have enough), the next best thing are these luxury sewing items that would make your projects so much more seamless. Except they probably will have seams because, you know, it’s a sewing project? Somebody stop me with these puns already.
(Basically, if you want to know what tools I don’t have that I would love, read below, minus the dress form.)
- Rotary Cutter, $26 – A rotary cutter allows you to simply slice through fabric in a straight cut without getting those jagged edges you sometimes get with scissors.
- Self-healing Cutting Mat, $38 – This mat goes hand in hand with a rotary cutter so that you can slice through fabric and not through your nice table. This mat heals itself so it never gets any grooves in it.
- Incredible Sewing Scissors, $24 – The best of the best, the sharpest of the sharp.
- Pinking Shears, $13 – These might look like those fun scissors you had as a kid. And they are, but they work with fabric. The zig zag edge helps fabric from fraying and allows it to bend more easily.
- Bodkin, $2.50 – You know when you have to get elastic through a lonnnng slot? This is basically a much easier to use version of the safety pin method.
- Bias Tape Makers, $6 – For making nice edges on a blanket, clothing item, placemat, etc., bias tape is a great way to go. This little tool folds the bias tape without you having to use an iron – so handy!
- Trio Marking Pen, $18 – This pen can change from black to white to pink, so no matter what color your fabric is, you can see your lines!
- Adjustable Dress Form, $99 – Though you can design clothing without one, a dress form makes draping so much simpler! You can really get a good fit without having to try a garment on 15 times.
- 80 Cone Thread Set, $50 – I mean… with a set like this you wouldn’t have to buy thread for YEARS!
- Serger, $190 – If you ask me what I want on my wish list items for sewing, it would be a serger. It gives you the professionally hemmed edge look that all of your clothing has. This is a DREAM tool. This one has great reviews at a very good price.