Sunday, 19 December 2010

Having a christmas cuppa aka Mulled wine

So, its Christams time around the corner and I think I may be ready... well, there is always something I forget and as the song says 'Making a list,checking it twice' its all OK with a mulled wine in your hand.

Usually most of my family and friends get something homemade from purses to headpieces but this year I have hit Etsy and other crafty sites. So many talented people out there with an array of cracking gifts and ideas. I did have time to make a couple of things, and if anyone has a 6 year old niece, maybe this will inspire.
I found some fantastic pink cotton material with little kittens all over it in the remenents bin at my favourite fabric shop (Fabrics Galore in Battersea). I wanted to make little Lula some PJ bottoms to potter round in on Christmas day. With not quite enough material for little ones long legs I also picked up some pink gingham. With a rough idea of her height and size I cut out the bottoms from the cute cats and inserted the gingham into the sides and elasticated the waist (use an adult pair of PJ bottoms to get a rough idea of the pattern and then adjust it is size. It can be guess work as they are elasticated and if you leave enough room in the legs, they be comfy). I finished off the bottoms with a little bow, in matching pink of course!
In the same remnents bin, I also found some great pink cord. I wanted to make little one a cushion out of the same material that had a pocket in the back to put her matching PJ bottoms. I cut the pattern  for the cushion and then with the left over kitten fabric, cut out a giant 'L' and appliqued it onto the front of the cord. Lined the decoration up with the back of the cushion, a simple envolope back, but with another pocket to put put the jammies in. So, at the fold, you would have a step of 2 materials visable to use as the pocket (I did the inside pocket in the gingham) Line them all up, so the applique front is in the middle and stitch it all up - dardardee done - a lovely lttle pressie for a lovely little girl.
Unfortuantly, I have already wrapped it up, what a pilchard, so I haven't any pics, but hopefully, I'll grab one of the little muchkin on Christmas day and post it.

Merry Christmas peeps - I have realised I need to get something a little extra for my sisters - knitted mittens for one (I can get away with that while being comfy inside watching a movie) and a washbag for my other sis, fingers crossed, thats it XXXXXXX