I’m determined to get ready for Christmas early this year! I have already purchased all the gifts I need to purchase. Yay! But there are always gifts that I make.
Project 1: My daughter asked for a “soft fluffy robe” this year. Several years ago, I made robes for my boys out of Joann’s Soft and Comfy fabric, and they were fabulous! My youngest son left his at the house for a while, and I enjoyed it while I had it. So that’s what she’s getting. She wanted a darker color, so I bought the purple.
The only down side to this fabric is it makes a mess when you’re working with it. Here’s what my shirt and my table looked like when I was done cutting it out. I’ll have to wear something old when I sew this together.
Projects 2 and 3: Years ago I got really frustrated when trying to figure out what to give my grandkids for Christmas. Their parents really get into gift-giving, and the kids don’t lack for anything fun to play with. Then I started thinking about what I liked when I was a kid.
I don’t remember why, but I always hoped to have new pajamas for Christmas. One of our traditions was to open one gift on Christmas Eve. I think my folks started doing that just to get us to go to sleep that night. I tried my best to find the gift that had the new pajamas in it. I didn’t always get them, but I always hoped, and I always looked. It was such fun to wear them that night and the next day!
That’s when I decided to become the Pajama Grandma. I either buy or make new pajamas for each of my grandkids each year, and I try to get them something that reflects their likes at the time. My grandson is getting some pajamas with minions on them, but I just couldn’t find anything that worked for the girls.
So today I ended up at the fabric store and found two different flannel fabrics and a pattern for a nightgown. I hope they like them!
Project 4: And lastly, my daughter-in-law who is a nurse is getting something homemade. I don’t know why, but she’s particularly hard for me to find a gift for. Fortunately, this year she said she wanted stethoscope covers, and Pinterest then became my best friend. I found a bunch of them that were made from fabric, or knitted, or crocheted. So I had my son take measurements of her stethoscope, and knitted a tube big enough to slide over the bell. Then I had my son try it on the stethoscope.
Looks like it’s going to work! I bought a soft variegated thread because I liked the different colors and I like the texture you get with a variegated thread. I’m thinking this one was a mistake. The different colors in the variegation were rather long, so I didn’t get a mottled look; I got stripes. I looks like a snake! I plan on making a couple more for her, so maybe they won’t be as snake-like.
I didn’t realize until this weekend that anytime I asked him to measure the stethoscope or try the cover on, that he was sending my daughter-in-law to her bedroom until he was done. Oops!
I think that pretty much covers my Christmas projects this year. I need to go–time to get stitching! I have a lot to do and not much time.
What are you making for Christmas gifts this year?