Okay, the tree is up. Now what's going on it? How about this guy?
1 pair of kids christmas socks
1 pair of girls white or cream tights or socks
bit of felt or fake fur for bear
2 black beads for eyes
bit of red embroidery floss for mouth
string for hanger
1/2 yd of 3/4" ribbon for trim
needle and thread
1. Cut off one toe section (about 4-5" long) each from socks and tights. Double thread your needle and sew a gathering stitch around open edge of sock section. Stuff and shape into a nice round ball. Pull stitches taught and tie off in a knot, tucking edges in toward stuffing. Now you have two balls, one for the head and one for the body.
2. Cut off a 4" section at top of one of your socks for the hat. The cuff of sock will pull down around head. Thread needle with string you'll use for hanger and sew a gathering stitch through top of hat. Pull taught and tie off in a knot leaving long tails of thread to knot at ends and use as loop to hang from tree. My hat was tight around the head but if yours is loose sew it to the head with a few tacking stitches.
3. Sew head to body, hiding starting and ending knots in back. Cut a triangle of fake fur or felt for a beard and sew to face at sides of head with a few stitches in matching color thread.
4. To finish, you can sew or hot glue beads for eyes and ribbon around hat and belly for belt. For mouth knot 6" piece of red embroidery floss and pull in needle from hidden under back of hat through to front of face where you want mouth (above beard), leave enough slack to make a little smile and then thread back through to back where you can tie off floss in another hidden knot.
And hang him on the tree! Or stuff him in a stocking or tie him to a gift. We're making a set to go out in our Christmas treat boxes.
We just returned home from the library with a mountain of books and movies. I'm getting settled in with the laptop, the cookbooks and my master list for my first time hosting Thanksgiving. I'm hoping to get my shopping and scheduling and planning done quickly so I can maybe fit in something relaxing and creative. I'm having a hard time combining those two lately. There's been lots of creating under stress but not so much just making for fun. I want to be like Oscar and just make a turtle for the heck of it.
Tim put some of our holiday items up on the sidebar and I'm going to feature past and present Christmas craft projects in the next few weeks. My bit last year was shrinking my toys into ornaments. Think I'll do some more of that this year too. My goal is to make tiny versions of all the toys in the book for our tree.
and here's what they look like as a wee Mr & Mrs Claus (directions here)
And to answer here some questions, yes the pajamas fit some of the dolls in the book. They fit storybook and kitty, mind the tail. And Blackberry Fairy's hair method is the same as Pixie's hair in the book.
I'm getting excited for Christmas crafting! My only mind block is trying to figure out crafts for Oscar's holiday party. I'm stumped. I overdid it last year so I'm looking for something simple but super awesome. Anyone have any ideas? Us room parents have to stick together, right?!
Okay, here is the pajama pattern and how to photos. It's a flickr set and the link to the pattern is in the set's description. It's here too. I'm sorry it's not more glamorous but I wanted to get it up lickity split. The pattern is hand drawn and the directions are short and sweet. If you have questions, feel free to ask in the comments on flickr! Happy pajama making! I've made 5 pairs now and Phoebe loves them all!
And I'll tell you what is fancy, our new gussied up shop! Tim cranked it out this weekend and I just didn't have the heart to make him fancy up my freebie pattern too. It's all pretty and snowflakey just in time for holiday making.
That's pretty much all I'm working on these days. I finally got little pajamas to work well and now have 5 or so pairs cut out for all Phoebe's dolls. Hopefully I'll have time to get patterns together and up. Anyone have any outfit ideas/requests for their KCL dolls?
Good thing I finished Phoebe's Blackberry Fairy last night at 5:00 right before it got dark and was able to shoot her in this pretty pretty tree, because today, gross. It's raining and windy and blowing away all the leaves. Guess it's almost time for the Flower Fairies of Winter.