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For the eighteenth day of A Gift a Day, I made slippers. Last year I made 4 pairs of slippers, all very similar to these ones. I made a few changes to these this year, including zigzagging the seams to keep the satin from unraveling, and making the elastic longer than called for in the pattern to accommodate wide feet and high arches. Last year I glued beads to the center of the flowers. This year I used embroidery thread and made several French Knots in the center instead. Last year I used polyester felt (which is also washable--and yes, I did wash the slippers, but I hung them to dry) to make leaves next to the flowers. This year I made leaves using lining fabric. I finished the edges by heating them just like I did with the flower petals.


Slippers

Supplies:

fabric for outside (I used a hand-me-down girls' shirt that was given to us)
fabric for lining (I used fleece)
matching thread
pattern
buttons
elastic cord (I found mine here)
satin for flowers (optional)
embroidery thread for flowers  (optional)

Tools:

scissors
sewing needle
sewing machine (optional; you could sew these by hand)

Time:

The total time for one pair of slippers was 3 1/2 hours.

Today I made one pair of slippers.

Cost:

$0.40 per pair. These were a bit more than my other slippers, since I used buttons that I bought from Wawak instead of buttons from my button jar.

Would you like to win your own slipper pattern to make slippers from size newborn to adult? I contacted Arlene from Winter Peach and asked her if she would be willing to give away a pattern to my readers. She said yes!

The Prize: Vintage Flair Flats pattern size newborn to women's size 11

To enter:

Leave a comment below with the words ENTER ME. Be sure to include a way to contact you.

As this is for a pdf pattern, it can be emailed to the winner anywhere in the world, which means readers from anywhere in the world are eligible to win.

Winner must claim her/his prize within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

If you do not wish to enter the drawing but still want to comment, please feel free to do so!

This contest ends on Tuesday, December 18th, at 8:00 pm PST.

If you would like to buy the pattern, you can use the coupon code PEACH25 and it will give you 25% off at check out.
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For the seventeenth day of A Gift a Day, I made embroidered handkerchiefs.

I printed out initials for my children on my computer. I print the letters at a minimum of size 72. I then choose fonts that look best for that particular letter. I chose fancier fonts for the girls.

You can tape the paper with the letters to a window during the day, and tape the fabric over it for tracing. If you have a lightbox, you can use that instead.

Trace your design using a water-soluble marker.

When your drawing is complete, embroider your design. I used 2 strands of embroidery thread. I embroidered it with the stem stitch. I then covered some of the letters with satin stitch (the "W" is stem stitch).

When you're done embroidering, rinse the fabric with water to remove the blue marker. You can mist it with water as well, but sometimes a little blue reappears when you do that. Do not use soap! Soap will set the marker brown, permanently into your fabric. If any blue reappears after your fabric is dry, just rinse and repeat :)

I usually hang my embroidery to dry over a towel on the towel rack in my bathroom (this also prevents the children from seeing the present!)

When it's done drying, iron the fabric. You can fold in the edges, do a rolled hem finish, or sew a scalloped stitch and trim them, like I did on the handkerchiefs that I made earlier in this series.


Embroidered Handkerchiefs

Supplies:

soft cotton fabric ( I used edges of old cotton sheet and also some muslin)
matching thread
embroidery thread


Tools:

scissors
sewing needle
sewing machine (optional; you could sew these by hand)
Mark B Gone pen or a pencil
lightbox (optional; a sunny window works too)
computer
printer and paper

Time:


The total time for one handkerchief was 45 minutes, doing a simple letter in satin stitch and a simple hem. If I add extra embroidery, it was be as long as 3 hours for the embroidery work. The scalloped hem edge took some additional time for sewing and trimming; it was another 30 minutes each.

Today I made 4 handkerchiefs (I embroidered the girls handkerchiefs in October and the boys today). I sewed the hems today on all 4.

The "L" is a free design from a Dover Sampler, and the flowers around the "W" came from Jeannie Beaumeister's Best Embroidered Baby Clothes pattern.


Cost:

$0.05 each

What did you make today?
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A Little Something I Made LAST Christmas

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Otherwise known as the hardest embroidery project I've ever done.

(The second hardest was this lavender).

Some of you were excited about using coloring pages as embroidery designs, so I thought I would share another way to use a coloring page as an embroidery design.

I used some scraps of fabric last Christmas, some black embroidery thread, a water-soluble marking pen, and a coloring page to make this for my son for Christmas.

 
 

Supplies:

fabric for center
fabric for edges (you could do one solid color for the entire pillow, so long as you can see through it)
paper for printing
stuffing for pillow
embroidery thread (about 2 skeins of black)
pillow stuffing (I stuffed mine with the stuffing from an old worn bed pillow (just wash and dry your pillow first before using the stuffing)

Tools:

light box (or a window and some scotch tape)
scissors
sewing machine (optional)
ruler
water soluble marking pen (I use Mark B Gone; you can get it at Wawak, Walmart, or Joann's)
printer
needle
sewing scissors
embroidery hoop

I made a pillow form and then an envelope pillow cover to go on top of that, so I can remove the pillow cover when it needs to be washed.

Before I stitched up anything, though, I had to choose a design.

I used a free coloring page from here. Make sure to have your internet settings to block pop-ups, as there are a lot of pop-ups from that site. It's a wonderful site, though! I use it to print coloring pictures all the time. You could print pictures of your child's favorite characters and make your own coloring book for Christmas.

There are several Harry Potter pictures there; I thought this one was the best for what I wanted.

Print your picture.

Cut a piece of fabric the size you need to go over the image. Leave extra space for seam allowances.

You can tape the picture to a window during the day, and tape the fabric over it for tracing. If you have a lightbox, you can use that instead.

I recommend using a thinner fabric than I did, as it was hard to see in a few critical places.

Trace your design using the water-soluble marker.

When your drawing is complete, embroider your design. I used 2 strands of embroidery thread everywhere, except for the finer details on his face, where I just used 1 strand. I embroidered it with the stem stitch.

When you're done embroidering the entire thing, rinse it with water to remove the blue marker. You can mist it with water as well, but sometimes a little blue reappears when you do that. Do not use soap! Soap will set the marker brown, permanently into your fabric. If any blue reappears after your fabric is dry, just rinse and repeat :)

I usually hang my embroidery to dry over a towel on the towel rack in my bathroom (this also prevents the children from seeing the present!)

When it's done drying, iron the fabric and sew your pillow.

If you've got some Harry Potter fans at home, make sure to print up my free Black and White bookmarks and my London bookmarks. You can even make some tassels with Griffyndor colors if you want! Then you can curl up with your new pillow and reread your favorite books on Christmas break.
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A Gift a Day: Day Sixteen--Purse

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My original plan was just to post gifts during the month of November. However, I have decided to continue this series for a while into December as I continue to make gifts for my family. I thought that you might like to see what else I'm making!

For the sixteenth day of A Gift a Day, I made a purse for my daughter. I made it per her request in black and without any interior pockets (though the pattern I used had a pocket, so I just omitted that step).

I have posted a lot of gifts for Winter so far, but that is because I am making both her birthday gifts and her Christmas gifts, as her birthday falls before Christmas.

I wanted a shiny black fabric, so I used lining material for both the inside and the outside of the purse. I am really happy with how the purse turned out.

When I give it to her, I will be including the change purse that I made on day eleven in it, as well as some Carmex that I was able to get last night for .24. (Right now CVS has Carmex for .99 on sale. I hear Target's regular price is $.97, but I haven't confirmed that. I used a .75 off coupon to get it for her from Sunday's Smart Source. I don't get the paper, but my mom does, and she gave me the coupon).
This pattern was a little intimidating at first, but it all came together nicely, and I would certainly make it again! It was a very rewarding tutorial, especially when I saw the price of a purse the same size for $56 at a store last night. (Wait until you see my price!)

Purse

Supplies:

fabric for outside (a fat quarter or 1/4 yard)
fabric for lining (a fat quarter or 1/4 yard)
matching thread
tutorial
snap (I used a snap instead of a magnetic closure)
pellon (less than 1/4 yard)
iron-on interfacing (about 1/4 yard)

Tools:

scissors
sewing needle
sewing machine
iron
marking pencil
hammer or mallet
seam ripper (for poking holes for the snap prongs)

Time:

The total time for one purse was 2 1/2 hours.

Today I made one purse.

Cost:

$0.20 per purse.

I used black lining fabric for both the inside and the outside of the purse. This was from a piece that was given to me in a bag of fabric from someone my mom knows (it was part of what appeared to be leftovers from several projects, and I have made a lot with it!)

I bought the snap from Wawak.

I bought the iron on interfacing in a bolt on sale last year on Black Friday. I bought the pellon on sale then as well. The only thing I paid for this year was the snap. It cost me approximately .20 for the pellon, interfacing, and the snap. Your cost will be slightly higher if you need to buy fabric.

This would be an excellent purse to make for a teenage daughter to take to a school dance. You could make it to match her dress by buying 1/4 yard more of your dress fabric. You could also make it out of a fancy fabric as well, since you only need a small amount.



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A Gift a Day: Day Fifteen--Tapestry Slippers

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For the fifteenth day of A Gift a Day, I made slippers. Last year I made slippers for all of my girls in cream-colored satin with a flower in pink or blue on them. This year I am making them slippers again, but I've changed a few things. I am using a different fabric for the soles. On this pair, I chose cotton duck cloth, which is a heavy cloth. I hope that this will produce a more long-lasting slipper.


 
As tapestry is very prone to unravel once cut, I zigzagged each seam (and did not trim the seams).

Slippers

Supplies:

fabric for outside ( I used a scrap of tapestry)
fabric for lining (I used fleece)
fabric for bottom (I used cotton duck)
matching thread
pattern (I used the Vintage Flair Flats pattern from Winter Peach)
buttons
elastic cord (I found mine here; she has lots of colors from which to choose)

Tools:

scissors
sewing needle
sewing machine

Time:

The total time for one pair of slippers was 3 hours.

Today I made one pair of slippers.


Cost:

$0.12 per pair. I didn't spend anything on it this year, as I had the supplies already (my .12 was spent last year).

I bought the pattern last year and have used it to make 5 pairs of slippers since then.

The tapestry was a scrap that was given to me from my mother-in-law several years ago.

Tapestry is rather expensive. However, you don't need a large amount to make these. The ones I made above are a women's size 7. You only need a piece 22" long by 16-17" wide. If you want to match the pattern, you will need a larger piece for matching. You can buy a remnant of tapestry, buy a small amount on sale, check the fabric close-outs at the fabric store (I often see discontinued tapestries there), or pick up a scrap at a garage sale.

I bought the fleece last year on Black Friday sale at Joann's.

I bought the elastic last year. I found last year that I needed a longer piece of elastic for my girls wide feet and high arches. This time I cut the elastic 8 inches long instead of the recommended 6 inches in the pattern. I Left very little overhang and I didn't cut any off.

The cotton duck fabric was from my grandmother's stash.

The buttons were vintage buttons that were given to me as part of a woman's personal button collection. I used them for the same daughter's slippers last year; I cut them off of that pair (which is worn) to use this year.


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A Gift a Day: Day Fourteen--Cub Scout Vest

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My son mentioned this week that he wants a Cub Scout vest.

This is the simplest thing to make. I used my son's uniform shirt to measure the width and armholes, and I cut the felt just like it looks from the Cub Scout store vest that I linked above. I then sewed the pieces together.

Cub Scout Vest

Supplies:

red felt (I bought mine on sale for $1.87 a  72" yard after sale and extra discounts; you will need about 1 1/4 yards for 2 vests)
red thread

Tools:

scissors
sewing needle
sewing machine (optional; you could sew these by hand)

Time:

The total time for vest was 20 minutes

Today I made two vests. My younger son will start Cub Scouts at the beginning of next year, so I am going to give him one, too.

Cost:

$0.95 per vest. That's much better than the $14.99 at the Scout store!

You can see the rest of the gifts I've made in my Gift a Day series here.

What did you make today?

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