Handmade Christmas: Part 2 (and Baby Ethan!)

Whoa! Time flies! I mentioned in my last post that I would be summarizing all my holiday makes in three posts… but seeing as how it’s almost Valentine’s Day and my Christmas spirit has officially fled, the revised plan is to cram the rest of them into this post.

Before all that though, I just have to share that my nephew, Ethan, was born on January 24th and I am officially an aunt! We got to spend some together on Sunday and am toooootally in love. 😍

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Here he is on the quilt I made for him. Squee!

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And a few days earlier… snug as a bug in the blankie I made for him.

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Over the holidays, I was inspired by a few projects that I spotted in Instagram. It seemed everyone was making rope bowls (I’m looking at you Nicole)! I made lots of them as gifts for family and coworkers. The best part about these is they are fast, easily customizable, and there’s no cutting before you start. You just grab some clothesline and zigzag around! Now I just need to make some for myself.

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I found Wonder Clips to be the easiest way to get them started (finickiest part).

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I also saw these woven stars online and loved the look of them. I made a few and still got confused on the second half of the weaving each time. They’re a bit of a brain bender, but I got through them in the end!

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I also made this laptop sleeve for Jorge’s brother, Mike. This is one of those projects I’ve been trying to get to for years and it kept slipping away from me. Part of me is glad it did, because he just got a new laptop, and it’s the same one I have! So, you would think this made it a cinch since I didn’t have to worry about the dimensions at all, right?

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Wrong. It was a problem child. It was too tight, and I had to rip out binding and seams and re-do them so many times I lost count. Eventually I took apart all the pieces and completely re-imagined it, adding a gusset. And I must’ve changed the closure style three or four times. Winging things is not my strong suit.

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The quilting was the most enjoyable part because this fabric is just so dang cute. The quilting lines are the only original stitches on this project that actually survived!

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For Jorge’s mom, Rosa, I caught up with another project I have been meaning to make for a while. Placemats! It’s a set of eight, and each one is reversible. I used 16 different Timeless Treasures fabrics (most are from Fresh Cut by Michele D’Amore) — no repeats!

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Jorge caught the rope bowl bug and made a nesting set for her. We coordinated the fabrics to match the placemats so they could be used together. Here she is beaming with her new table set!

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So, I was a busy elf this past holiday season! And before you know it, it’ll be time to do it all over again. 🎄

Hugs,
Hayden

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