How to save a Christmas shirt!

My four grandkids are the recipients of most of my sewing.  My last project was Christmas-y shirts for all of them.  My two Texas grandsons are 2 & 4 years old.  These were for them.  They were in the mail on Monday, and hopefully they’ll be to them by today or tomorrow.  I bought this Stenzo fabric last year, knowing it would be for this year’s shirts.

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I used my standard Minikrea 50220 pattern but added cuffs with thumbholes.  Good grief, those thumbholes take forever to make.  The fabric was just front panels, and I used extra pieces for the cuffs and neck ribbing, and stash fabrics for the sleeves and backs.  I had absolutely no ribbing that coordinated.  Then, I moved on to making tops for my San Francisco grandkids, ages 3 and 5.  I used a variation on the Minikrea 50220 to make the top for my granddaughter.

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As I was finishing up the coverstitching the neckband on the last t-shirt, I discovered that there was a small hole about an inch down from the band on the back neckline, and I went into panic mode.  So, I pulled out some Stitch Witchery and made a patch using a leftover bit of the front panel.  I think it’s a pretty good save.

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My other sewing this month has been geared toward finally getting at least a bit comfortable with my embroidery machine.  I made a whole bunch of felt ornaments and sent one out in each of my Christmas cards.  Here’s one, straight from the hoop,  before I trimmed it up.

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My other embroidery project was to make pillow cover fronts for 15 throw pillows.  Now, I need to finish sewing those.  Here are a couple pillow fronts.  I used fairly open, simple designs for all 15, and each one is different.  I used my 8 X 12 hoop – a first for me.  I hooped tear-away stabilizer, thin bamboo batting, and the main fabric, which is a natural flannel.  Putting in the batting gave the projects some soft texture.  The batting is my favorite, Dream Orient, and I had a lot of scraps from old projects, but I wound up buying a queen size batt at my local quilt shop to finish up the project, and used about half of it, so I can probably use the rest for a baby quilt.


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Today, I’m going to start 4 pairs of Christmas pajamas for my grands.  Because of travel/work schedules, we’re having Christmas on the 28th, so I have a few extra days to get them finished.  And construct 15 throw pillow covers.

As I’m typing this, I’m still heaving a sigh of relief over my cover-the-hole save on my eldest grandson’s t-shirt!  And thinking about how much fun Christmas is going to be.  I love my family.


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