Sibling Gifts :: Fleecy Winter Wear

To round out the parade of handmade sibling gifts of the Christmas 2012 season, I have this one last post with a project I worked on with our oldest :: Fleecy Winter Wear.

Swaddled In Fleece

Have you seen the insanity that is Joann’s Fabrics when it’s time to roll out the winter fleece? I didn’t know it was possible for one store to offer such a huge variety of different fleece styles. They had it in three separate aisles, along the tops of displays, and all along the top shelves on the outer walls in the store. Crazy.

I wanted to take the eldest with me to pick out fabrics, but due to an outbreak of flu and other illnesses in our home, I had to run out last minute to grab something quick so we could at least get something made and under the tree. This was almost as last minute as you could get; we finished the last bit right before dinner and bed-time Christmas Eve.

Sock Monkey Fleece

There aren’t an enormous number of images showing how we made these. Since I significant portion of this involved the sewing machine, and I’m not very proficient and my daughter was quite out of her comfort zone, I didn’t feel like I should be snapping photos while we’re both sweating bullets.

Fleecy Supplies

But overall, The scarves were an easy project, even for us sewing machine neophytes! Pick some fleece, cut it, pin it, sew it together except for a few inches at either end, flip it inside out, top stitch on either side, then cut a fringe on the ends, and tie it in knots.

Fun Fringe

The hat was a bit more tricky, and it didn’t work quite the way I had envisioned (didn’t mean for the ugly seam to be exposed, but alas, perfection wasn’t the goal, done was!), so I’m going to spare you any attempt to explain what I did, although I will say I took a measurement of the baby’s head to use when cutting out the rectangles, and that worked well.

Fleecy Hat With Fringe

And even though it is rough around the edges and not at all finessed, the baby loves it so very dearly. Dearly enough that once I put it on her head, I can’t take it off. And since she doesn’t stand still for photos, I needed to throw it on the four year old’s head in order to get a few snaps.

So there you have it… a round-up of all the sibling created handmades under the tree this year. But wait… there’s more!

Even though the littlest one isn’t quite old enough to partake of the making, she does manage to find someone to help her purchase a few small tokens to give out, namely fun band-aids!

Fun Bandages

So there you have her contribution, and now, I swear, we’re all done!

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10 thoughts on “Sibling Gifts :: Fleecy Winter Wear

    • Thanks so much Ms. K! Those scarves are so awesomely warm; they would’ve made nice presents for the grown-up set as well! Now I have approximately ten months to think of next year’s activities! It sneaks up on you so quickly!

  1. What warm winter wearing these will be. Hooray for the eldest!! knowing that her siblings are warm should warm her to her toes!! I have a project for the 4 littles to think about—hand prints on fancy scrapbook paper. I’m sure you can envision it. Then you cut them out and mount them in a frame and send them to their grandparents. I request this, because you have nothing to do now and I am short one hand. Just a thought πŸ™‚

    • Oh you’re sooooooo funny Grammy! πŸ˜‰ Do you want to send me the measurements of the frame (from the back where the picture goes so I don’t cut it too small…)? I’ll get to it as soon as I finish the laundry…

      • I think that is a smart a.. answer, but I will get the measurements out quickly—too see if you will respond quickly. πŸ˜›

      • I’ll tell you what, you come on out here and take care of all your sick grandbabies and wash all our laundry and take care of the meal prep (you can even make it cereal!) and I’ll hop right on it! πŸ˜‰ Kisses!

      • No problem—I’d do it in a heartbeat. Even the laundry. Oh wait, there is a problem….tax time.

  2. I envy all the craft stores you have in the US. We have Michaels and a whole slew of other ones that cost a fortune to shop at so I don’t even walk in. Not to mention no online shopping. These are so sweet and they look really soft to boot!

    • Oh no! And here Canada was top on my list to move to soon!! No craft stores and no snow??? What kind of country is that?

      These one are super soft, and I have to say, for us noobs, fleece was super forgiving to work with! I have a super sew-er friend who said fleece is awesome for making costumes and getting used to sewing form patterns! It’s so stretchy that I might try a costume here or there for the costume bin… you know… in my oodles of spare time πŸ˜‰

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