Christmas Makes

I have been dying to post this for ages and couldn’t in case anyone saw their present. Then it was Christmas and I forgot for a few days… I bought some purse frames from here and made some glasses cases for my favourite girls.

I was quite nervous about the gluing but have bought a glue gun so thought that would be perfect. Luckily, Jim said I should test first and it turned out that the glue dries almost instantly (I’m a novice gluegunner) so that left no chance for fithering about and I knew I would be doing quite a lot of that. So because I had to do it then and there (I’m sure you know what that’s like) I had to resort to Wickes All-Purpose contact adhesive which did the job very well although it was a bit marmsy. 

I loved picking the fabrics. They were all from my stash of tiny bits which other less hoardy people might have thrown away so very thrifty pressies.

I also made some great leather phone cases for the whole of my family. I didn’t take any pictures of those in progress because they were very covertly made so I was in a mild panic all the time and not thinking about blogging pictures. I will gather the ones in this house and take a picture of them for another day. I think they will make it onto my Etsy shop.

Recycled cords

I have a pair of old cords from White Stuff which have been a bit on the tight side for a while now. So rather than having them mocking me from the cupboard I thought I would turn them into a skirt!

I have seen some pretty horrendous jeans to skirt adaptations so I avoided the usual thing of using the top part of the jeans and chopped the legs off instead. The bottoms of the legs measured the same as the hem of another skirt I have so I knew it would work. I unpicked the inside seam of each leg and then sewed them to each other leaving a bit of the side seam open for a zip.

Then I tried it on to see how long it should be and I did have to take it in a bit round the waist but that was it! A new skirt in an hour or so. (I’m not really bandy-legged; the photographer’s fault.)

A success! But other things have gone by the by. Like this lovely advent garland which I had been going strong on.

I have done half of the granny stars and they don’t take long, but I’ve not really made any inroads into making the numbers and I feel like on 6th December, it’s too late! however, I think I will carry on after christmas so it’s ready for next year.

The rest of today I am making a phone case ordered by Penny from my Etsy store and then I am onto Christmas sewing. More things that got started last year but not finished in time! Do you see a pattern emerging?