The winter doldrums have definitely hit here, despite the weather having been quite nice after a patch of gray skies earlier this month. My crafting has taken a hit, unfortunately, though I’ve still been working on my cross-stitch project (pictures soon).
I did spend the day yesterday working on a few items for a swap organized on Craftster though. The theme is “Hello Kitty & Tare Panda,” and here are the goodies I made for my partner:
I’ll admit that I bit off more than I could chew with the stuffed Hello Kitty head, seeing that I’ve never made a stuffed anything before. I had some initial problems when I threaded my sewing machine wrong, and nothing seemed to be working. After a short tantrum, during which I vowed never to sew again, I calmed down and got some help from my roommate, and we went through the manual together, just to make sure everything was in its proper place.
So, I machine-sewed most of the head, pillow-style, and then attached the eyes and nose by hand-sewing them on. I think next time I’ll do that before pulling out the machine, though it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. I stuffed the head and then hand-stitched the rest of the head. And the bow was entirely hand-sewn as well. Of course, it isn’t totally perfect, but that’s just my critical self speaking. For a first project, I think it’s pretty good.
As for the drawstring bag, I’ll admit that I made it in September, during my initial sewing experiments with the new machine. It is made entirely by me though, so it’s not a full-on cheat.
And finally, the card set was done with a bag from a Sanrio store, and then I just used a Coluzzle template to cut the envelope shapes. Pretty standard for me at this point, so I can pretty much make them without thinking too much about it. I’d like to get to that point with sewing someday, but it’ll take a bit more practice.
Now I just have to pack everything up and off they’ll go! This was my first real swap through Craftster, and I will definitely be approaching the next one differently. Like starting a bit earlier, so that I don’t forget until the weekend before. And making sure I can actually make what I want to make.
I think my next project will be felt ornaments, with at least one or two for an ornament exchange with the South Bay Craft Group (next meeting is on December 7!). If I can manage more, then perhaps I’ll make some for our own tree or even as gifts. But we’ll see how the first ones go before I promise anything