Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday Sewing

We had a nice weekend.  It zipped by, as usual.  My only complaint was the unseasonably warm weather we are having.  It is two weeks til Christmas!  We want cold!!!  Or as cold as we Southern Californians can get.
Saturday night was our work Christmas party.  We went to the Dal Rae again.  So delicious!!  Today I worked in the yard a bit, and then spent the rest of the day in my sewing room.  I caught up on my ironing.  Did some mending and hemming for my Mom.  Also for Gennifer.  She wanted me to fix a dress of Hannah's that had three small tears in the back yoke.  It was a woven fabric, so it could not be fixed properly.  I decided to instead, hide it.  I made an apple applique and put it over the tears.  Because of the location of the tears, I couldn't place the applique exactly center.  It had to go slightly to the right.  I just drew an apple, and leaf.  I used a piece of ric rac for the stem.

Top pictures if the front of the dress.  Here is the back.
I have been purchasing simple Christmas Tea Towels to use in my Christmas packages.  I bought these green towels as a set at Fresh & Easy.  It has one green solid, and one plaid, and a pot holder. 
 I only had a little tiny bit of Christmas fabric.  With the larger piece, I doubled it, and made a tube, turned it right side out, then ran a basting stitch along the whole piece, and gathered it.  Then sewed that to the plaid towel, only I did it the width of it.  Then top stitched it with a red ric rac.

The other piece of Christmas fabric was really just a scrap.  But I used it to jazz up the other two solid green towels.  I added a jumbo ric rac underneath to make a scallop, since the fabric was really too small to go all the way across. 
I like the one on the left better.  I left more of the ric rac show to form more of a scalloped edge.  It really gave some plain towels a little more interest.  These will be going with the gifts I give to my neighbors, and I know they don't read my blog, so it is safe to post.
I got a lot done today, and it was nice to spend some time in my sewing room too.  I think I can finish my shopping with one more trip.  Everything I have purchased so far is wrapped and under the tree.  I need to do my cards, and mail one gift.  Then I am done.  I hope to get to do some baking the week before Christmas.  And some more crochet and knitting.  Speaking of which....I won a skein of hand dyed yarn from my friend Kate over at The Garden Bell.  She is one talented lady!  She crochets the most beautiful things, and dyes so many of her own yarns too.  When she is not creating beautiful yarny things, she is in her garden, making magic!  Check out her blog, it is a fun place to visit!
That's it from our house.  Going to go lay heady down now.
G'night.

16 comments:

A Quilter Awakens said...

Good work! Great solution to the tears and I love the towels. Karmen

everyday katie said...

Cute idea with all the tea towels.

Your house look amazing. Very classy.

Holly said...

Adorable towels. What a great gift!

Bethany said...

The towels are adorable!!
Our Christmas towels are ready to give up the ghost--perhaps I should buy a bunch and make them over...

Pammy Sue said...

Nice little towels you made, Kris! I wish I could sew sometimes, but I really do not enjoy it at all. Too bad for me, huh?

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, Warm winter wishes to you today. Loved seeing your projects!
Have a wonderful day dear friend!
Noreen

Janna said...

Hi Kris, I haven't stopped by in a while, so I wanted to say hello and tell you that your Nana's chicken is on my dinner list this week :) Hope you have a great Christmas.

Pam said...

You are so talented! The apple on the dress looks so cute.

Genn said...

Thank you thank you for fixing Hannah's dress Mom! It looks even cuter now I think. Thank you for fixing my sweater too. You're the best. But I promise by the end of 2011 I will be able to do that stuff myself in my new craft corner!!!! :)

LOVE what you did with those kitchen towels. I want one. Cand you ask Dad if I can have one? Will he just bring me one?

;)

The Garden Bell said...

So simply sweet. Great idea...
But, Kris. You may loss a lot of us freeze back east and still digging out of the snow, when you talk about Seasonally WARM in California.... come on....giggle-giggle..

Maryrose said...

You have been a busy bee...I can't believe how organized and ahead of the game you are this year. You tea towels are darling.
I also enjoyed our lunch on Friday, I wish we had gotton some pictures of that. Really makes me realize how important it is to get these things planned ahead of time. Enjoy your day...did I mention your house looks great too? Wouldn't mind seeing it up close and personal ;)

Maryrose said...

PS...I forgot to tell you, when I got home with that darling dish cloth and soap, my mom grabbed it and said she loved it. She would love to knit....

Kristi said...

Well those turned out so cute! You gave them some pizzaz! Did I spell that right? Adorable! Can't wait to see what you start baking! I'm thinking you'll have to post the recipes too!

Katie said...

I'm always in Awe of your Creative Talents! I love what you did to those little tea towels to make them so adorable!

annielizabeth said...

Cute apple! I wouldn't worry too much about it being off center as kids never stay still very long and her hair will no doubt cover it!

I also worked in the garden on our warm Sunday. There is always gardening year around for us in SoCal that's for sure. I was going to hem some new pants for my son but didn't get to it otherwise, we'd of had a really similar weekend!

Love your towels, such a nice neighborly gift! Take care!

Clara said...

The tea towels are all so cute. I usually buy up some too and use them even to wrap gifts! That was a very clever way to fix up the tear.