Family life · Holiday · Sewing · Sizzix

Christmas PJs

I am still cleaning up the holidays over here. So I thought I would share my last Christmas project.

I decided a couple of days before Christmas to make matching pj pants for my kids. I can make 5 pairs of pants in a day right?

I came across this meme on Instagram from Jen Van Orman (@heritagethreads). I was dying laughing. This was so me!

Picking out patterns!

The hardest part was picking out patterns. I have 5 kids in 5 different sizes. Plus I was trying to have as little waste as possible. I hate wasting fabric! I also had to get everything cut out while they were at school. I wanted to surprise them with new Christmas pjs on Christmas Eve. So I had to cut quick! And while no one was watching. Haha I cut them out on their last day of school! No rush right?

Adding a little Sizzix surprise to our Christmas pjs.

I quickly realized that I needed to label the kids pants since all of them were the same fabric. I debated using tags, but then I thought I could cut out cute patches with my Sizzix. I first cut out a square of felt. I pressed HeatnBond Ultrahold to the back of the felt. I used my Sizzix Big Shot Plus to cut out hearts and stars from the Sizzix Bigz L Die- Holiday Greetings.

After removing the paper backing, I pressed either a star or a heart to the right pant leg. I then tried some free motion quilting to draw their initial on each shape. I am a newbie at free motion quilting, so don’t look too close!

Shape labels for each of the kids’ pants.

I loved creating these pants. And I made it by Christmas Eve! My kids really loved seeing their initials. And they were totally surprised! Mom win!

Now I’m off to clean up the rest of the holidays! I love the holiday season, but wow, does it make a mess! Wish me luck!

Chirp Out!

Jen

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Family life · rainbow baby

The Chicken? Or the Egg?

It was college.  I was hanging out with my best friend.  We were both new moms with our first baby.  Our husbands were finishing up school.  We both loved to sew and craft.  (One of the many reasons we became best friends)  One night we were chatting about this new thing called blogging.  We thought it would be fun to document the projects we were working on.  After lots and lots of laughing, crazy suggestions, and more laughing the smitten chicken was born!

I don’t own chickens.  I never grew up on a farm.  I really have no idea where the smitten chicken came from, but it stuck!

Since that night in college, we have continued to share our crafting projects with each other.  We have had conversations like:

“I have a baby shower in 20 minutes!  Do you think I can get some hoodie towels made?”

Or  “My husband is out of town.  Am I crazy if I paint the dresser?”  (while I’m 8 months pregnant)

We have wanted to share our projects with others too.  Between the two of us we have 11 kids!  That is a whole new level of crazy and the main reason for the sporadic posting and crafting hiatus.

So here I am, 3 years later, dropping in.  The past three years have been a wild ride for me.  I’m hoping to share more about it in future posts.  The cliff notes version is: I became obsessed with quilting, had a rainbow baby, lots of family drama and have started a fabric collection.  (My husband thinks I’m hoarding)

And last of all, here is a cute pic of my rainbow baby on her rainbow quilt!

Chirp Out!

-Jen

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