Let the craft recap begin!

by threegirlpileup

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.

It was over a year ago that I bought Alicia Paulson’s Stitched in Time and began scheming to make some of the projects. Two of those came to fruition this Christmas.

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!