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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Holiday · Sizzix

Cuter than Elf on the Shelf

Did you guess what the little hat was that I shared yesterday?  Its an elf hat!  This darling panel is by Stacy lest Hsu for Moda fabrics.  I have a secret tool that helps make this elf in a snap.  It is a Stuffing Tool by Sizzix.  This tool is 10 inches long and can reach into all of the little arms and legs for stuffing.  Follow along as I show you a quick tutorial for making this cute little elf.

First you need this cute panel.  Cut along the dotted lines for the elf boy front and back and the ears.  The top of this panel has great step by step instructions on how to construct the elf.  I will just be sharing some of my favorite tips.

Stitch the ears and boy elf as instructed on the panel.  Leave a space open on the side to turn him inside out.  Don’t forget to clip the rounded edges (like around the feet)!  This helps to reduce the bulk.

Turn him inside out and give him a good press!  Then its my favorite part…stuffing!  Grab your handy Stuffing Tool and some stuffing.  Stuff the legs and arms first.  The stuffing tool is so handy to get all the way down into the legs and arms.  After they are stuffed, sew them shut.  This makes it so your elf can sit!  Stuff the head and the rest of the body.  Then hand stitch the opening closed.

And you are done!  Isn’t he so cute?!?  There is also a girl elf in the panel!  My girls are anxious for me to finish her up!  Thanks for following along.

Chirp Out!

Jen

Holiday · Sizzix

Pom-poms!

Today I am sharing a super fun project with Sizzix!  They have a new product on the market, a pom-pom maker.  This pom-pom maker is so easy to use.

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And it comes in 4 sizes!  You can make as small as 1 3/8″ or as big as 3 1/2″!  And did I mention its only $7?!?  Seriously!  Go grab one!

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I am embellishing a Christmas project with a pom-pom.  So I thought I would do a quick tutorial.  Open up both pieces of the pom-pom maker and match them up.  Then start wrapping!  I like my pom-poms nice and thick, so I wrap until I can’t anymore.

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Once you are done wrapping the yarn around the pom-pom maker, close the ends.  Then trim around the edges.  Tie a piece of yarn around the center.  Open the pom-pom maker and you are done.  I like to give my pom-pom a little trim.  There is usually some longer stands of yarn.

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Then embellish away!  I sewed the pom-pom to the end of this super cute hat.  I used the smallest 1 3/8″ maker for this pom-pom.

This is also a sneak peek of another project that goes with this one!  Any guesses?  I’ll share it later this week!

Thanks for following along!  I’m off to make more pom-poms!

Chirp Out!

Jen