More Christmas crafting is happening this week. There are a few swaps I’m involved in and I’m curating gifts for my staff at work. There is a lot of sewing on the agenda this month. I started out by making a few pillows and a bunch of keychains.
The first pillow is for a very close friend of my brother. She likes penguins and I wanted to make her something special. I found the penguin paper-piecing pattern on Craftsy. It’s a more classic penguin which is great since I didn’t want a cutesy one for this project. I started out with this Kate Spain fabric and it really was a bit too busy so I unpieced portions of it and remade it with a cursive text print.
Then I put together a bunch of key fob keychains using all kinds of different fabric designs and webbing color. A good portion of these are for my department at work, some are for other Christmas gifts, and some are for swaps that I am involved in. Heck, I’ll probably keep one myself. They are just so darn cute!
I also made a Christmas pillow. This project is for one of the swaps I am in. I still have a few other Christmas themed items to make before the end of the season.
I improv-pieced a lot of green scraps together to make a slab and used my 60 degree ruler to cut out the shapes I wanted. I love this sweet Whimsy text print and knew I wanted to use it as the background for this project. I used raw-edge appliqué to secure the trees and stumps in place. I straight-line quilted the front horizontally. I love the dimension it gives to these smaller pillows. Sorry for the bad nighttime lighting on this picture but you get the idea.
I made an envelope closure for the back but my pillow form is a bit too fluffy and I didn’t make the panels long enough so a little beer belly was showing through. Next improv decision – button that puppy up. I had these fabulous wooden buttons on hand and created 2 buttonholes toward the center of the pillow back. It is still straining a little bit but looks really cute.