Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Pinning it Down Tuesday, 2 Christmas Crafts!

 Tonight I'm slipping in at the last minute to the Pinning it Down Tuesday blog hop at 

Since these are a bit old, I'll go ahead and post two Christmas project ideas I had on my Pinterest boards.  (And I must also warn any new readers that my dSLR camera is broken so my blog photos right now are horrible, so sorry!)

The first is a wreath for the front door I found here!  I used a few old sheer curtains and cut them into strips about 3-4 inches wide.  I took a wire coat hanger and bent it into a circle.

Then I took the strips of sheer fabric and pushed them onto the hanger.  The first time I just went back and forth, but it was too symmetrical.  So I took all the strips off and twisted them back and forth as I was poking them onto the hanger.  Hard to explain!

Here's the finished project.  Cost = $0!  I did put some red ribbons on it (that I already had), but took those off when I took down the Christmas decorations last weekend.

My next project was one I'd been planning to do for years.  When we found out on Christmas Eve that we'd have to stay home for Christmas, I quickly got busy cutting and sewing!  These were the links I used for inspiration, but I ended up figuring out the whole quilting part on my own.  Now I'd really love to sew a quilt!  I cut them out of lightweight denim I already had from an old jumper.

I used an old fleece blanket inside for stuffing, and some fabric for the inner lining that came from an old prayer blanket from when Mary Clare was little.

I did make a quick run to the fabric store to buy some coordinating fabric for the tops.  Aren't they cute?  Next project will be adding some fabric to embroider their names at the top!

Here's how they looked all filled up on Christmas morning, with little cardstock circles with their initials taped on for now!
Thanks for hosting, Sarah!  I hope this will inspire me to try some more creative things this year!


Jeannine said...

The stockings are cute, and that wreath is ethereal! I am thinking perhaps as a decoration for my daughter's 1st Holy Communion party...very lovely!

Sarah said...

I just love those stockings. I love how they coordinate but each have their own fabric to make them a bit different. Super cute.

Pam Barnhill said...

Both are adorable. Nice job. Jeannine's idea of the wreath for 1st Communion is spot on!

Heather said...

Love the stockings! I made coordinating stockings for us one year and really love having them.

Laurie said...

I love both of your projects. That wreath looks like something that would cost a lot of money. Very elegant. And the stockings are adorable. Off to pin them now.

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