October - preparing for Christmas

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October - preparing for Christmas

Post by mwhitt » Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:38 am

I thought we should have another focus and maybe this could be for October/November????

If you want the theme changed or want to run with another anything is great :-)

Now to find some time for do some sewing in preparation
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Re: October - preparing for Christmas

Post by growingclothie » Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:20 pm


*I need to sew outfits for the kids for Christmas day, I'm hoping to not be doing them in the late hours of Christmas eve like I have the last two years. I have some fabric with nativity scene on it and think I'm going to go the easy route and make shorts for the boys and a shirring dress for baby which they can all wear with the same coloured plain t-shirts - umming and ahhhing about appliquing that "tie" type effect on the boys shirts with the same nativity fabric but not sure

*Almost 2yrs ago I brought a printed fabric panel from spotlight with nativity characters, half way through last year I sewed up one sheep (they are stuffed 3d), would love to actually finish the set before Christmas this year :whip:

*Was meant to knit H a spider/octopus hand puppet (I've done them for gifts before but don't have any in our house) for his birthday but it didn't get done so now this is on the Christmas crafts list too

*Also got a partly done sock monkey that needs completing for H for Christmas

Already sewn baby a taggy ball, birdie rattle, and gabby ball for part of her Christmas presents

ETA: don't have a clue what gifts I will do for my parents or brothers family (including 7kids) but they will likely involve some sort of crafted gift

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Re: October - preparing for Christmas

Post by rootoo » Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:24 pm

I need to make DS's duvet cover. I have the quilting cotton but need to find some cheap cotton flat sheets in the right colour... might be a bit of a misson!

I don't think I'll have time to do handmade for anyone else this year, retail work + xmas means I'll be working insane hours, like midnight closing :roll:
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Re: October - preparing for Christmas

Post by hannah » Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:29 pm

i'd love to make heaps this year.
stuff for Arlo: as hes teh easiest for me to decide what to do :lol:
TeePee from stash
Car play and go mat (was going to do this earlier but will save for xmas or b'day)

cuddly teddy monster from a drawing of his
print some Ts again from his drawings

No idea what to make a nearly 14yr old?!
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Re: October - preparing for Christmas

Post by Happychik » Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:40 pm

This is my Christmas to do list:

- sew passport cover for Dad
- knit beaded necklace for Dad's wife
- knit handwarmers for Mum
- make LARGE covered button magnets for Aunty Chris
- Knit scarf for MIL DONE
- make seahorse necklace and phone charm for SIL DONE
- car caddy for nephew
- fairy skirt and leafy shrug for neice
- beanies x 2 for BIL's
- fairy skirt for BFF's daughter

everything in purple is done. I got to delete a few off my list too as my family have decided to only do pressies for the kids \:D/
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Re: October - preparing for Christmas

Post by meow » Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:02 pm

hannah wrote:Maya:
No idea what to make a nearly 14yr old?!
If you figure that out soon can you let me know? My little sis is turning 14 in a few weeks.

I want to make a calendar for presents so I need to get photoshop on this comp again.
I would like to make DD1 a patchwork twirler skirt/dress like this http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2007/05/ ... skirt.html
I think I'll only have enough patience for one :lol: so I better get started now!

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Re: October - preparing for Christmas

Post by Megan » Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:02 pm

Great idea.
  • I'm making a teepee for the boys, I have the fabric and FIL is going to find me some manuka for the poles.
    I want to make pincushions for my Mum and older sister.
    I need to sew together the dolls for my niece from the doll panel I bought, and prbably make them some clothes.
    I might make a few decorations for the tree too.

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Re: October - preparing for Christmas

Post by littlejo » Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:04 pm

between now and mid Jan I also have heaps of birthdays...I'd like to do as many handmade as poss...

DH - ???
DS - clothes, car roll(done - althugh may give him this for trip to akld in Nov), art book?
DD - wooden blocks(already bought), dress (done)
Sis - sew her a top?
Nephew (age 10) - guitar t-shirt
niece - (age 8) - bracelet kit
niece 11mths - wooden blocks (already bought)
niece 3 - art book
niece 7mths - hoody
Mum - book cushion
bro's girlfriend

DD - top (done), something else
bro's girlfriend
niece (turning 1 in Jan) - dress? or top?
FIL (probably will go in for something with BIL & SIL for this)

still thinking....

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Re: October - preparing for Christmas

Post by Bella's mama » Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:46 pm

I am planning on making the girls one of these each this year...

http://www.marthastewart.com/photogalle ... up#slide_3

I like the idea of adding something each year. They normally get a decoration each year too so that by the time they leave home they have some to do their own tree.

Will add to my list of what I have to do but am making the most of having time to do it, and to spend with the girls as next year I am back at work full time :(



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Re: October - preparing for Christmas

Post by jailee » Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:11 pm

I was just thinking about this today....and trying to nut out a bunch of things I could do for the neices and nephews and even my kids etc....I'm just not sure I have the time to fit it all in!
Nephews 5, 3 and 5mths - car caddy, I spy bag, bean bag game, crayon/pencil roll, art case thing, ?some wooden clacker/tambourine toys I saw at an asian store today (not homemade tho....) grabby ball..
Neice 11 - no idea. :roll: Maybe an art case thing...or a bag of some sort.
And that's about as far as I got.
Anyone got any cool ideas for teachers/kindy teachers this year?
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Re: October - preparing for Christmas

Post by LuluNZ » Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:15 pm

I've got heaps to do. Some is already done but need to make some bags for nieces and nephews, knit some dishcloths for the adults and applique DS a t-shirt for Christmas day. I'm sure there is heaps more to do too.
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Re: October - preparing for Christmas

Post by Darny » Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:19 pm

I really need to spend every second of every day to finish my wishful thinking todo list!
but anyway..

Shorts and tees for A
Pants and tops for L
Doll houses x2
Finish waldorf doll
Make dolls clothes
Summer PJ's
Socks x2 pair
xmas bunting/ decoration
i spy bags
super hero capes
fireman dress ups
pirate dress ups

Can't remember what else!
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Re: October - preparing for Christmas

Post by mama anne » Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:58 pm

Darny wrote:I really need to spend every second of every day to finish my wishful thinking todo list!
but anyway..
I hear you on that!

Does buying more wool 'to make Christmas presents with' count as preparing?
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Re: October - preparing for Christmas

Post by caturn » Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:12 pm

I have a nephew and niecewith birthdays next month as well so might make i-spy bags for them
I'm thinking kitchen sets for sisters and SIL and possibly Mum (since I have no other ideas LOL) dishcloth, potholder/hotpad, maybe a teatowel with hanger on it.
Maybe a peaked cap for my bro
summer tops and dresses for DDs and niece
no idea for the nephews -what are the beanbag games?
doll clothes for DD2 and niece
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Re: October - preparing for Christmas

Post by goose » Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:25 pm

I've started making Christmas presents recently, 'cos I've got quite a few people to make things for :lol:



6 SILs
5 BILs
4 nephews
4 nieces

and would love to have time to make things for some close friends too.

most of those gifts need to be posted, some overseas.

and now that I've written that list, all of a sudden I'm feeling like I should have started getting organised 6months ago 8-[ :smt005
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