December 27, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I hope y'all enjoyed Christmas. The weather was a bit nasty around here, and although I would have loved to be with my family, I'm very thankful to not have had to travel (farther than 10 minutes to the in-laws) this year. That made for a perfect day to sit around, relax, open gifts, eat cookies and drink coffee though. Yay!

So, here's what Santa's elves (i.e. me) cooked up for the darling niece and nephew this year:

For Marsh - a reversible superhero cape and mask

One side is a lightning bolt with the letter "M", and the other is the same skull and crossbones that I used here. Amazingly, he is still into pirates after all this time!

I used the cape pattern from The Long Thread again. Though, this time I replaced the entire collar with some binding that can just be tied in the front. I like the look much better than the awkward bunching that the velcro was causing before. I sort-of made up the eye mask - I hope it fits. It's red on one side and black on the other, so he can match it with either side of the cape.

I can't be sure he's even into this kind of thing, but hopefully he likes it!

You will see below that Jane received a drawstring bag for her toys, so I made one for Marshall too.

For Jane - blocks made from Amy Butler's Little Stitches

I ended up making 8 different blocks that are about 4 inches big. Half of them have bells tucked inside for a little fun that's not too obnoxious, and the other half have ribbons attached. Hopefully, she will find some entertainment in the "tags."

The pattern comes with directions to make a drawstring bag to store them. I had fun with it by adding extra fabrics and ribbons. I love the way it turned out.

Well, those were the big projects of the season. I sure had fun making them, and I hope the kids enjoy them. The only other project was pillows for my mother-in-law. I'll post those soon.


  1. Looks great! What did you make the face mask out of? I made one impromtu for our little guy but it just bunched up on his face and didn't work too well. I'm looking for other ideas.

  2. Linds - I made the eye mask (and the cape appliques) out of felt. I did a tight zigzag stitch around the eyes and a straight stitch around the outside. Worked out well, and of course, with felt you don't have to worry about the raw edges fraying.

  3. Hmm...I used felt too because I didn't want the edges fraying either. But I didn't do any stitching-except for attaching the elastic. I think I may have made mine to thin. I'll have to try again. Thanks!

  4. Erin! Glad to find your blog, I actually discovered it a few months ago but have been so totally consumed with LIFE that blog reading was thrown out the window for awhile. Wishing I had time to be crafty - I will live vicariously through you! My advice to you...take lots of naps while you can. Sleep is a beautiful thing for an expecting mother:)xoxoxo