Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. I love the music, lights, Santa at the mall, the chill in the air (even better if it snows; hint hint: please snow!), making Christmas cookies, and making gifts for friends and family.
This year my Christmas was spectacular. Last year my daughter made a new rule that we all had to make presents for each other instead of buying things. Here’s a sample of some of the gifts from the heart.
It was so fun to help my four grandkids make things for each other. My granddaughter Hallie’s gift for her grandfather was the best. She made a 2×4 out of wood print fabric. Isn’t it sweet?!
There is nothing like getting a homemade gift that was made just for you.
Winter and Early Spring Workshops
In Oregon spring comes quickly after Christmas. I try to get my cold weather crops in my garden by the end of February. To help us get ready for the up-and-coming season, here are my winter and early spring camps. There are some fun options; take a peek!
February 17th 9am – 12pm
Save the Dates for Upcoming Events
Multnomah County Fair: May 24-26
Fashion Show right after the fair: Saturday, May 31
More information to come!
Project of the Month: Sock Monkey PJ’s
One of the Christmas camps was Sock Monkey PJ’s. It was so much fun! Sock monkeys have made a resurgence and the kids just love making them. The PJ’s are so cute, and I was excited that I found fabric that looked just like sock fabric, a printed flannel. I found a picture of them in a catalog and made my own pattern for the hood and footsies. The Christmas camps are a ton of fun, and I’m repeating the Sock Monkey PJ camp in March. Join us and make some Sock Monkey PJ’s of your own!
Tip of the Month: Adjusting a Pattern
When making changes to a pattern, it is a good idea to a practice one out of old sheet or muslin to make sure it works before you make the real project. That is what I did for the sock monkey hoodie and footsies. Then I made changes bigger or smaller or adjust the pattern until I am happy with the result.
JoLene’s Sewing School