Yay! Winter! This West Coast girl loves the changing of seasons and I think the nicest thing about early winter is all of the celebration that is involved. It really is like no other season in that we have one holiday after the other and they generate such sweet feelings. No doubt, however, that as we leave Thanksgiving behind, the potential for a stressed out month is seriously high. I might be prone to putting a little bit of pressure on myself to make a lot of gifts for my lovies. I love to do it so finding the time is really important to me. Nonetheless, there will be late nights and I won’t always be my best self, if you know what I mean. My intentions are good. *Sigh*.
We don’t have our tree yet (can’t wait) but since we like to add new ornaments every year, I did decide to make some this week and then had my sewing student make some as well. They are very much in keeping with the Improv Sewing style and they are made from upcycled materials – always good. This is how it is done:
What you’ll need:
1- Scraps of fabric. I used some jersey from a t-shirt, and some white and blue sheets that I have been cutting from.
3- Sewing machine
1- Cut circles of fabric. The diameter doesn’t matter, but I made the pale yellow jersey the biggest, and cut two circles of white sheet a little smaller. The blue sheet I cut into strips for making the snowflake design. Stack them like this and bring them to your machine:
2- I ran a zig zag stitch along each blue strip, going through all the layers.
3- I decided to snip off the overhanging bits, just because I liked it better.
4- I used another strip of sheet to make a loop that I sewed in place by making a small zig zag stitch around the outer edge of the circle. Any ribbon will do.
I run two sewing classes in my studio, and the younger kids made this variation on the upcycled ornament this week – all jersey scraps. It is a really fun thing to do with little ones who want to get on the sewing machine because it doesn’t matter how neat you are – they all turn out beautifully!
Happy Holidays, everyone. Let’s bring the light in and decorate the heck out of this cold time of year!