SouleMama commented the other day that she enjoys the way that the holidays continue past Christmas in blogland, since that’s when everyone can finally post pictures of their top-secret crafty gifts.
As you might imagine, I have a few to share.
First, a memory game made of family photos, for my brother and his family. In this project, you use ink-jet printable fabric to make squares with family photos on them. We often give them pictures for Christmas, and this seemed like a fun way to share them this year. I don’t have any great pictures, but here’s one of Jack and Anna playing with the game:
In the spirit of “get it done quick” and “use what I have,” I used fleece between the fabric layers and then serged them together. The girls convinced me to use rainbow thread for serging (which took a little convincing since it required me to–gasp!–actually rethread my machine). The best part of the project was that Maggie helped me with a lot of the cutting and assembly; we had several nights of staying up too late working on it together. Well worth the lost sleep all around.
One thing I would note is that it’s definitely worth using the colorfast printable fabric sheets–although this is not likely to be washed, I found that the non-colorfast (which are a bit less expensive) were much more washed out in appearance, and ended up not using them at all.
Project #2 from the book was a recipe-card apron. In this project, you scan in a vintage recipe card and print it onto fabric to be used in the apron, in this case as a pocket. I started work on this last Christmas when I was at my parent’s house–I snuck into my mother’s recipe file and snagged my great-grandmother’s signature lemon meringue pie recipe. That served at the starting point for this project, which I must say I love and moved my mother to tears!
Yes, I do love the holiday craft review. More to come soon!