Name Pillows

Every year, for Christmas, I make our family individual gifts.  I have made scarves, hats, mittens, blankets (that was a crazy year!!! 5 twin size and 1 king size blanket in one year), jewelry, jammies, etc.  This year I made Name Pillows!  I made one for each of my kids, one for my husband and one for my niece.

The hubby.

The hubby.

#1 Child.

#1 Child.

#2 Child.

#2 Child.

#3 Child.

#3 Child.

#4 Child.

#4 Child.

#5 Child.

#5 Child.

Niece.

Niece.

IMG_6462 - Version 2 IMG_6465 - Version 2They are really not very hard to make.  I’ll try to write up the tutorial in a few days to share with you!

 

10-stitch Pillow Ta-Da!

I finally finished this!!  Hooray!  I had finished knitting the top quite awhile ago and it has been sitting in the mending pile for all this time.

Front of the 10-stitch pillow.

Front of the 10-stitch pillow.

I blogged about it’s beginning here.  One of the reasons it took me so long to finish is because I couldn’t figure out what to do for the back.  Should it be as colorful as the front?  Should I do some sort of patchwork?  Did I want to put a zipper in there?  I tried out so many things that just didn’t quite look right that I was beginning to give up.  Today I went back into the sewing studio and started pulling out fabric and something clicked!IMG_3390

I decided on this white on white fabric (really it’s off-white) and a simple velcro closure.IMG_3391

And I LOVE it!  Having something so simple and plain really complements and shows off the vibrancy of the front.  I’m so glad I didn’t give up!  Now I can’t wait for the kids to come home to tell me what they think!

Sample Ribbon Tote

I created this super cute tote bag out of ribbons for my students.

Ribbon Tote.

Ribbon Tote.

It’s something that they can put together relatively quickly, yet looks really great.

Ribbon Tote.

Ribbon Tote.

Both sides are covered in ribbon and the handle is also made out of ribbon.  The first day I presented it, one of my students started making it!!  I can’t wait to see how hers turns out.