A Gift A Day

A Gift A Day

A Gift a Day 2016: Introduction

  I’ve made my lists (of which there are several) and I’ve been going through my fabric. This year, I plan to fulfill requests that my children have given me, and use up the fabric I already have to do so. I’ve had several requests for clothing this year, including a few very specific things….

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A Gift a Day: Day Eight: Ballet Skirt

One of my daughters requested a ballet skirt to play dress up. We have a lot of leotards at our house, but not as many ballet skirts (we’ve found leotards at garage sale over the years for very little).   Supplies: Sheer fabric, 45″ wide and length to whatever you chose for size 1″ wide…

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A Gift a Day: Day Seven: Pencil Bag

Supplies: Fabric for outside. I cut two pieces 10″ by 4″. Fabric for lining, cut the same size as above. 9″ zipper thread Tools: Sewing Machine Iron Sewing pins Scissors   I like both this tutorial and this one for making a lined zippered case. I sewed the project with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Time:…

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A Gift a Day: Day Six: Child-Sized Aprons

I made an apron for three of my girls, choosing a fun fabric that each of them would like.   Supplies: 3/4 yard fabric for each apron, plus an additional 3/4 yard if lining the apron Thread Tools: Sewing Machine Iron Sewing pins Scissors Ruler Marking Pen or pencil     You will need the…

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A Gift a Day: Day Four: Polka Dot Doll Dress

Supplies: Polka dot fabric 15″ by 44″ Small piece of white fabric for collar Tiny bit of fusible interfacing for collar Pattern from A Closetful of Doll Clothes Bias tape or self-made bias from fabric to line the inside neckline of the dress Velcro, snaps, or buttons to close dress Tools: Sewing Machine Iron Sewing pins…

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A Gift a Day: Day Three: Polka Dotted Apron

Aprons are used every day at my house. They protect clothing from stains and holes while cooking, doing dishes, gardening, and other projects around the house. For this gift, I made Winter a new apron in her favorite color.   Supplies: 1 yard of fabric 58″ wide thread to match existing apron to copy or…

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A Gift a Day: Day Two: Sewing Kit in a Tin

Supplies: Tin Scissors Seam Ripper Felt Embroidery Thread Sewing needles   Tools: Scissors Embroidery Thread Embroidery needle Pinking shears (optional) Sewing machine (optional; you can sew this by hand) Marking pen This was a quick project, except for the embroidery. It is very difficult to see through felt, even with a light table. I did…

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A Gift a Day: Day Ten: Rome Pillow

Ezrom and I talked about making this pillow for his room a couple of months ago. He chose the image that he wanted. The little pillow will go on his bed. He doesn’t know I made it for him for Christmas.   Supplies: Image from the Graphics Fairy Iron-on transfer paper Fabric for pillow and…

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A Gift a Day: Day Nine: Camp Half-Blood T-Shirt

Ezrom is a huge Percy Jackson  fan. He asked for a “Camp Half-Blood” t-shirt. Some of you may remember that Winter and a friend of hers made one of these before for another friend’s birthday gift. On that occasion, Winter wrote the words and drew the pegasus image by hand with Sharpies (it took 3). This…

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A Gift a Day 2014: Day Eight: Pajamas

Ezrom has been asking me for some traditonal-style pajamas for Christmas, so this gift is straight from his wish list.   Supplies: Flannel Pellon Iron-on interfacing 4 Buttons Elastic Thread Pattern (I used Butterick B5586)   Tools: Sewing machine Iron Sewing pins Scissors   Time: It took me 6 hours to make a pair of…