Santa's Little Sweatshop

DSC_0006 I'm mostly posting about this because I can't believe I got my butt in action and completed some of my handmade gifts before Christmas. I've turned our kitchen into a little sweatshop (sorry Chris). Since I'm a novice sewer, I started with an easy project like this one so I could get familiar with my sewing machine and master the basics before moving on to more complicated projects. Then I made a little craft apron complete with pockets for crayons and markers for my niece. This will go with a little craft trunk full of fun supplies to get creative. I'm putting all of it together myself so I can customize it just for her. The other is a blanket that's for my other niece's first birthday who was born on December 31st last year. I wanted to make something unique, colorful, soft and cuddly and found this easy tutorial. Luckily, she's a baby and won't notice the mistakes and crooked stitches. Kids make the best DIY gift receivers!

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photos by jforjamie