Friday, November 13, 2009

Christmas apron

This is the Sunday dinner apron from Heather Ross' Weekend Sewing book. I've sewn it in Xmas fabric to be a Xmas apron, which I will hopefully wear while baking my intended Stollens, Xmas cookies, etc. Anyway, its a good excuse for another apron, and kind of sets the mood for Christmas baking. The pattern was easy to follow. It seems a bit short though, and I think I sewed it slightly longer than the pattern said. I´d definitely add a few inches onto the length next time.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Christmas countdown numbers

Christmas countdown numbers. The idea is to start on 1 December and have the blocks showing the right dates up until December 25. They hang on the wall. I made two 1s, two 2s, and one 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0. They are about 5 x 7 inches in size. I got the idea from an old german Brigitte magazine, although they had theirs made of wood. Its taken me quite a long time to do them, because I usually only have time to sew one seam at a time. But I'm glad I finished them in time for this Christmas. They are a bit wonky in parts, but they are made for kids to handle, so I wanted to make them fun-looking rather than formal.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Nikolaus bags

On 6 December, Nikolaus leaves chocolate, nuts & bikkies etc in the shoes that children have cleaned and left outside their front door (German custom). Apparently, according to Brigitte magazine, Nikolaus will, if pressed, leave these goodies in goody bags too. So this is a Nikolaus goody bag. Now, 3 more to go...