29 November 2012

Grammy's Knitting Organizer

Christmas gift-making activities are in full swing over here! This week, I made a knitting needle organizer for my mother-in-law.
I'm sad to say that I don't own a single knitting needle to display in it. (I hope you'll forgive my display of markers in the organizer instead.) My organizer ended up with a total of 24 pockets ranging from 1" to about 4"-wide; you can certainly customize the pocket quantity/sizes as you see fit. The tallest slots should be able to store up to 14" needles. Oh and the marker boxes are supposed to represent where you could put circular needles.
Materials Needed:
  • One fat quarter for the exterior
  • One fat quarter for the interior
  • One yard of fabric for the pockets
  • One 18 x 22" piece of batting
  • One yard of ribbon OR a 3-1/2 x 36" strip of fabric for the tie

15 November 2012

Hibernate: A Man-Quilt

Every year, my brothers and I participate in a Christmas gift rotation. This year, I have my little brother, Mikey. 
I really felt like I needed to do something extra special for him--poor guy lost everything in an apartment fire a couple years ago and is still replacing items. One of those items lost was a quilt my mom made for him. Even though I know there's no way I can replace the sentiment he felt about that quilt, I thought a new one might be good anyway. 
Thankfully, I had all year to ponder over what the perfect man-quilt might look like. I was in a stupor most of the year, but finally found inspiration in these yummy yarn-dyed flannels (Primo Plaids for Marcus Fabrics). What is more manly than cozy flannel plaids?! I'm soooo glad my mom told me about them and agreed to send me some of her stash.

Last week, I started cutting it all up and piecing it all together.

It is the largest quilt I've ever made. Let's just say that I could have happily foregone the basting process.
I'm more than relieved it is finished and now a little sad I don't get to keep it.  Do you think Mikey will grant visitation rights? The free pattern is super simple and up on Marcus Fabrics' website.

08 November 2012

Embellish a Stocking Cuff

***Contest now closed*** 
How are your stockings coming along for the contest?
Just wanted to direct you to a little tutorial I put together on how to embellish a stocking cuff for those of you who would like a few tips and tricks.
The tutorial is up at HoneyBear Lane--be sure to take a quick visit and pin it so it's easy to find when you need it!
*Oh and one quick note I need to mention regarding the stocking contest--you must use a "Merry" or "Twinkle Toes" pattern to enter. People have asked, so I just want to make sure there is zero confusion in the matter.    
See the full contest rules here and be sure to ask any additional questions you have!