January 07, 2021

TGIFF - Handmade Christmas 2020

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TGIFF is here in Newfoundland again this week, since there wasn't a host signed up and I have some other finishes to share 😊 There are plenty of weeks available for 2021, so go here to sign up if you'd like to host. Anja, Laura and I manage TGIFF, but we certainly can't do it without our hosts!

Last week I shared my last finish of 2020, but today I'm sharing the Christmas presents I made, plus the ones Nathan made for the family. I'll start with the ornaments I made for Nathan and Zachary. Zach got his beginner's driver's license back in February and we spent a lot of hours driving around town during the spring, especially, so his ornament is a van. This was the first time one of the boys guessed his ornament, which happened a few days before Christmas, when Zach noticed Aiden's van ornament from the year he was 16.
Cross stitch van ornament | DevotedQuilter.com
I was thrilled to find a pattern for a Playstation remote to do for Nathan. Video games are high on his list of favourite things, plus that was how he connected with his friends after school shut down back in March. If you want to see how I finish my cross stitch pieces into ornaments, check out this tutorial.
Cross stitch playstation remote | DevotedQuilter.com
I used some EPP stars I already had pieced to make ornaments for my Nanny. Because I used ones I already had, they aren't specifically Christmas fabrics, but I did choose red and white ones. 
EPP star ornaments | DevotedQuilter.com
I stuffed them lightly, just enough to make them a little puffy, but not as firmly as a pillow would be. I'm hoping to write a tutorial for how I made them, but it'll be a while before I get to it, since I have to make new ones to take pictures of the process.

I made Jolly Roger Raglans (from Patterns for Pirates) for the four kids I babysit, plus one baby sister whose 6 month size shirt fit in the scraps of the others. This polar bear fabric was too cute to resist! I made three size 6, one 18 month and one 6 month.
Jolly Roger raglan | DevotedQuilter.com
Jolly Roger raglan | DevotedQuilter.com
A 6 month size sleeve cuff is no joke!
Jolly Roger raglan | DevotedQuilter.com
I also made shirts for my mom, using the Cachet pattern from Sinclair Patterns, which I love. I printed the pattern in Mom's size and put it together, then cut out the two shirts. Only when I went to sew the front and back together did I realize I had cut the pattern front piece on the wrong line, so it was several inches shorter than the back. Of course, that meant the two shirts I had cut out were wrong! And, also of course, I didn't have enough fabric to cut new fronts.

After stewing about it for a while, I decided to sew on a piece of the patterned fabric to make the front the right size and hope the print hid the extra seam. I think it does, well enough. That wouldn't work for the red solid. The seam would really stand out and look odd with no print to hide it. The Cachet pattern includes instructions for colour blocking, though, so I decided to colour block the red and grey together. 
Cachet shirt | DevotedQuilter.com
Once I had the shirts finished and could laugh about it, I told my husband that I keep making these stupid cutting mistakes so I don't start feeling like I know what I'm doing!

For the past few years, Nathan has been making his gifts for the family. He came to me one evening, while he was working on mine, I think it was, and said, "You don't know what it means to me, to be able to make these gifts." I laughed and said, "Oh, yes, I do! I love making gifts, too! I totally get it." He just looked at me for a moment and then grinned before going back to his making 😊

Paul has tried off and on to learn violin, then during the pandemic he really started putting the time in to practice and follow instructions in various online tutorials, etc. so Nathan made him a cardboard violin. He realized after he had it made and wrapped that he made the roll at the top go the wrong way, but he was okay with that.
Cardboard violin | DevotedQuilter.com
Zach has a poster on his wall with the LA Galaxy logo, so Nathan recreated that for him.
LA Galaxy logo | DevotedQuilter.com
For Aiden, who is doing a Nautical Sciences program in university, Nathan drew a ship. Aiden framed it and took it to display in his room in residence 💗 Of course, I forgot to take a picture before we took him across the province, so he sent me this one.
Nathan's ship drawing | DevotedQuilter.com
And Nathan made me a cardboard version of my Janome 6700 sewing machine! A couple of years ago he gave me a cardboard version of the Kenmore machine I was using at the time, so he figured he should make me one of my new machine, too. He used toothpicks to make the needle and the spool pins and even coloured a space to represent the needle plate.
Cardboard sewing machine | DevotedQuilter.com
So that's our handmade Christmas 😊 What finishes do you have to share this week? Link them up below and then visit some of the other links to celebrate their finishes, too.

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  1. Lots of great handmade gifts! Thanks for hosting, no finish this week, unless some creative squirrel gets moving!

  2. Handmade gifts are such fun! I'm not sure I'd want to tackle the 6-month sleeve, but you make it look like a breeze! I'll link up tomorrow when my post is live.

  3. That home made sewing machine is sooo clever! Love the violin and the ship! Yes, if we could just go back to home made gifts only!

  4. You've been a busy lady. I love the pajama shirts! Happy stitching!

  5. Those cardboard creations are just adorable. So special and unique to the recipients. And that drawing is excellent. It's just great that Aiden took it to college with him. (Thinking of you... I know how difficult it was to leave him there. Been there; done that. Life changes, and there's a new normalcy.) Love those cute polar tops for your kidlets. So perfect, even the teeny sleeve. As for your top-cutting errors... been there; done that too! Your fixes are perfect. No waste. Lesson learned. Life goes on. :-)

  6. Awesome handmade gifts. Creativity runs in the family.


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