Thursday, March 19, 2015

And more PJs....

Another belated birthday gift here - I have a friend who loves foxes.  Last year, I gave her a pair of fox flannel PJ pants.  This year, the pants are a lighter cotton.  I found the fabric on clearance at HF and had to snatch it up for her.

And for my ninja friend, I made a pair of lounge/PJ pants from a striped thrifted sheet.  As soon as I saw it, I thought it would make some fun PJ pants.  I hope that she likes it.  Sadly, I noticed after I made the pants and washed them, that there is some pilling in places.  (Didn't notice that when I'd washed the sheet before cutting.)  So I may make another pair of pants to go along with this, in case this pair doesn't last long.

And the set together with the ninjabread shirt.

Both PJ pants were made with M3006, my TNT PJ pant pattern.

Monday, March 16, 2015


The son of one of my friends had a birthday recently.  Though it was of course cold out, I made him a pair of more summery PJs, as a sign of hope that spring will come.  :)  Plus, if he's anything like my boys, they like to wear summer PJs and burrow into so many blankets that they're sweating.  Goofy boys!

This is a Transformers fabric found at WM on clearance and a tie-dye flannel from JAF on Black Friday.  I like bringing the neckline to the front when I'm using the contrasting color - I think it helps tie the set together better.  This is KS 3042, my TNT woven kiddo PJ pattern.

And for another friend, I'm working on a PJ/lounge set for her.  The pants will be shown later, but I appliqued ninjabread shapes to the front of a purchased shirt to go with it.  I hope that she loves them!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Back to boxers.....

I can never get too far away from boxers as gifts for men in my life....though of course this is a pretty small group of men that I can sew boxers for. :)  My dad's birthday was in January, and when I saw this tool flannel, I thought it would be great for boxers for him during the very cold months.  Because it's flannel, I don't expect that he'll wear them throughout the year, but they might be very welcome when it's really cold.

And these are for my brother - probably for his birthday later this year.  I had cut them out several months before sewing them, as part of an assembly line process.  So when I worked on my dad's boxers, I figured I'd grab these and sew them up, too.  This fabric was from JAF, and I found it on red tag clearance one day.  There's some glitter in the fabric, too, which makes it even more hilarious for boxers.

As always, this is S9958 - my TNT boxer pattern.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

More box bags!

I think these are the last of the Christmas gifts.....

I made a set of box bags for one friend who loves to travel.  I thought these would be useful for separating her toiletries or whatever when she's traveling, and I was able to make it to match the sling bag I made for her two Christmases ago....The outer fabric is a pleather that came from a thrift store.  These metal zippers came from a garage sale, I think.  They look great but were a pain in the butt to work with - I think only because I had to shorten them, and I had to be really careful sewing over the ends.  If they were exactly the right length, they might have been no problem.  Oh, well.

The lining is a fun rock-n-roll disco print that had originally been intended for a scrub shirt for her, before her hospital stopped allowing random printed scrubs.  So it got new life as first a sling bag and now some box bags.

This one is for a friend who's into martial arts.  This is the same fabric that I used to make her a scrub shirt (which I sadly apparently never took a picture of and thus never blogged about) and then a stocking.  I managed to get these two box bags out of the leftovers.  The linings are a sturdy red twill.

This may be it for box bags for awhile.....but you never know!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Hanging towels again....

Yep, still finishing up Christmas gifts.  Apparently I should have a) finished the gifts on time and b) blogged about them earlier.  My bad.....

Anyway, one of my clinics usually throws a towel over the chain by the sink at the start of every work day.  Sometimes the towels are nice, sometimes they are ratty.....And you never know if anyone thinks to change them and wash them daily, so I decided that it was time to make some big hanging towels to use at the clinic.  These are actually bath towels from WM, which I cut in half - just like my regular hanging towels.  I enlarged the top pattern with some help from my ruler and French curve (and then I stitched and restitched until the sizing was right for each towel).  The towel on the right has the better color, at least from my computer.  The towel on the left is a pretty close match to the top on the right, and the top on the left is actually a purple - pretty close match to the towel on the right.  I chose these colors because a) they are in the clinic logo, and b) they add a pop of cheery color to an otherwise kind of industrial looking area.  I made two of each, so plenty to be able to use daily and wash in between.  Here's hoping that they are appreciated!

And some Blackhawks towels that I made a few months ago....I have enough to make seven of each print, but I didn't have enough towels right now.  So I made four of the one on the left (that's actually a pretty bright red towel, by the way) and three of the one on the right.  Once I get more towels, I'll finish the rest.....Three sets went out as Christmas presents to friends who are Hawks fans, and the extra of the one on the left stayed in my kitchen. :)

I just have to say yet again how good these are for fairly quick and inexpensive gifts.  They are so useful/practical, and they can be fairly generic or customized to the taste of the recipients.  Thing 2's teachers and most of my coworkers at one clinic got hanging towels for Christmas, and they loved them.  For those with small children, I keep hearing that these are the only towels the toddlers can't yank off the towel bars.