I call last week my "Dickensian week" - I was writing all day every day and sewing gifts all night every night until I dropped into my bed like an erratic boulder.
My big writing assignment is wrapped up for the time being and last weekend I delivered my gifts - so now I'm able to post pictures of them here.
This is a reversible fabric crown for an almost 3-year old, extremely funny little girl who loves to play dress-up. Unfortunately the crown is still a little too big for her and keeps sliding over her eyes. It usually ends up as a pointy scarf around her neck...
If you want to make your own, I used this pattern.
Her little brother - my godson - is more into grabbing things - especially things that are too large and heavy for him. This tag cloth is made with Japanese pear fabric, the back with plain grey soft and cuddly fleece. I've collected so many trims and ribbons over the years that it took me about an hour to choose the right ones. I made up the pattern and sewing instructions as I went along - well, it is only a square cloth, so that wasn't too hard.
My absolute favourite trim is the one with the little faces.
For some reason, sewing these fabric/stash/bread/... baskets was the hardest task of all. I drafted the pattern pretty quickly, but attaching the round bottom part to the tube-like body almost made me cry with frustration. And linen - as beautiful as it looks in combination with other fabrics - is such a pain in the behind to iron. After about 178 rounds, there were still some creases left. As they say - some flaws only add to the charm.
I hope to get around to all the sewing projects I have lined up for this week. It seems that spring has finally arrived over here and there are at least two dress patterns I wanted to try. Fingers crossed...