I used sleeves to make some cozies for gifting a bottle of wine or champagne. I especially like this one with the buttons on the sleeves. I actually sewed the bottom right side out, so that when I turned down the sleeves, the cuff and buttons show.
I cut to length, and then sewed a straight seam across to close. I steamed open the seam, and then boxed the bottom so it would stand up flat.
I used some cotton twine in red and natural, and tied a vintage ornament to the neck of the bottle. I haven't made my tags yet, but I will attach a cute tag, and then the gift is all set.
You know that bakers twine that is so cute for tying up packages and gifts from the kitchen. It is pricey, and I refuse to buy it. But this cotton yarn for dishcloth making is cheap, cheap. And they have several holiday colors. I love this one in the red and natural. I keep it in a sugar jar, feeding the end through the top. I wish I had an antique sugar jar, but this one from Walmart for 97 cents is a good second choice. Don't buy it at Tarjay....they are three times the cost of Walmart for the exact same thing!
I made some boot cuffs with some of the sleeves.
This pair of cuffs from the Wool Aran sweater is thick and very warm. I will wear these in Big Bear.
After removing the sleeves from the Aran sweater, I removed the wooden buttons, and made a couple of repairs to the sweater where it had slight tears. I then cut off the top, and sewed down the front where the buttons were. I put a pillow inside and closed the bottom with a blanket stitch and red floss. I have been saving these Santa button covers for a year or two, waiting for the right project to use them. I found it!
I leave you with one more photo. I got this fun surprise in the mail the other day from my friend Deb. She has followed my blog, and we email back and forth, having become good friends. She doesn't have a blog herself, but I keep working on her. She and I have a lot in common, and I sure hope we get to meet one day. At any rate, she remembered that I collect mice, and she sent me one of hers that she has had for many years. I love it, and it shall take pride of place in my sewing room, where I will enjoy it often.
Thank you Deb! You are so very thoughtful!!! She also sent me a cute book marker with a very appropriate message for this time in my life. And some candy too! It's like she KNOWS me!! I just love her!!
I heard this recently...on someone's blog. Living through the "valleys" of one's life, is what makes us who we are, and makes us stronger . If so, I should be like Hercules very soon. 2013 has been pretty sucky. And will apparently be carrying on through, to the end. I sure hope that 2014 has some good things in store for us! But I continue to count my many blessings, and am so very thankful for the health of my family.