Well, I have been saving christmas cards for years now and I finally found a use for like 10 of the 1000 or so I have (just kidding, I did make a dent in the box of cards)
using my handy, dandy, sizzix (tree and star die's) I cut out the shapes, glued 2 back to back (prolly dont have to, I just thought it looked neater and sturdier) and then I crocheted them together with just a simple chain stitch (could just be strung on yarn or ribbon as well)
First off I have to say, all of the quilts in this category make mine feel like a two year old made it. I am really not much of a sewer, seamstress, whatever, but I had this idea to make a quilt for a friend of my hubby and his wife who are expecting thier first baby. The friend plays in the the band, The Dwarves, and I had a silk screened back patch (meant for putting on a jacket) so I decided to use that as the center and they dont know what they are having (by choice, I hate it when people do that) anywho, so I hope this looks pretty gender neutral.
It measures aprox 38x38 inches, I messed up on the frame around the patch, one side is narrower than the others. It is backed with black quilt backing (and yes, my fabric store actually had black) what do you think?
Christmas Eve-Eve (uh December 23) my new baby niece Lucy was born, I had lent a friend my baby sling and havent gotten it back and I really didnt want to spend a lot of money on one, not knowing if my sis would really like baby wearing like I did/do. So following some instructions I found here: http://www.mamatoto.org/default.aspx?tabid=180#731 I bought 5 yards of this super cute fabric at wal-mart for only $2 a yard, I came up with this:
she really likes it, went right to sleep. she is super secure in it, I was walking around, doing dishes, picking up and she didnt move once.
So this is what I made this weekend, I used my sizzix and cut out a bunch of different flower shapes in felt, layered them together, did some really simple stitching and put a button on each one, glued a pin back on and I got these:
There are 50 here (plus I made 16 more to send to my grandma for her to give out to her friends), I am going to give one to each lady at my work. And then, I have had this bad problem saving every christmas card I have gotten over the past few years, well I managed to dent the supply a little and I made these to put the pins into:
So actually my friend did these on the knitting machine I picked up at an estate sale (for only $20), but I was about ready to throw the dam thing out the window, I am not a knitter (I am a crocheter) so I think you have to have a knitters mind set in order to use the knitting machine, anywho I digress.... So she whipped these out on Sunday, brought them to me and I put the crocheted shell border around them. They are small, perfect little reciveing blankets (or security snugglies), they are made with "i love this yarn" and are super soft. We are going to be in a craft show this weekend, we have 6 done total, here are two of the cuter ones