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. 😍


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


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


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.





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


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!



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?


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.


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!


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!



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!


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. 🎄


Handmade Christmas Part 1: Baby Stuff!

Happy New Year, all! I did a lot of sewing in December for the holidays, so I’ll be summing it up in three two parts. First up, baby stuff!


My brother & SIL have a boy on the way, due to arrive in about a month. Of course I had to make some handmade goodies to help them welcome my nephew!


As soon as I found out it was a boy, I knew I wanted to use Dear Stella’s On My Way collection. If this kid turns out to be anything like my brother, he’ll know how to drive a car by the time he hits grade school. Plus, my bro is in the Coast Guard, so the little boats were perfect. Most of the fabrics in this quilt are from that collection, and there are a few stragglers from my stash too.

The pattern is “Square Deal” from Amy Smart‘s Fabulously Fast Quilts, minus the borders.


I made a matching pillow with scrappy binding using the leftovers!



The back of the quilt is an out-of-print Timeless fabric by Samarra Khaja. Given my borough pride, I’ve been stashing the yardage for a while, just waiting for the perfect project. The detailed illustration features all five boroughs of NYC and totally captures the frenetic feel of this city.


Collectively, my whole family lives (or has lived) in all five boroughs. My nephew will be born and raised in Staten Island, and the first thing my brother did when he saw the backing was point out his Coast Guard base!


Here are the parents-to-be with their new baby room décor.


I also made a snuggly little blankie with plush backing. It was really quick and fun. The colorful circle fabric was given to us by a former colleague of Jorge’s. Isn’t it cute?



The labels for both the quilt and blankie come from Rae Ritchie‘s Made With Love collection for Dear Stella. So sweet!