I did very little sewing for Christmas other than holiday attire. Once I counted the few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas I pared my list down to two projects, both for December birthdays.
First, a Made By Rae floor cushion for my nephew’s birthday. I’ve been saving fabric scraps for some time to make this pattern. This is a big pillow and it takes a lot of scraps (I think I used at least four grocery-size bags). The scraps give the pillow a nice, sturdy feel but they are also heavy. So I altered layers of fabric with layers of polyfil for the stuffing.
The fabric loop for the sides ended up too long and I had to take it in a few times. This may have been a measuring error- I didn’t go back and check. I also had a heck of a time with the piping. It was my first time using piping with cording. If it’s your first time I might suggest making the bias tape even wider than the revised recommendations. Next time I’ll try 1 3/4 inches. I have enough scraps to make another one for my kids. I might scale down the size of the pillow so it’ll store easier. Before wrapping this up my kids had so much fun sitting on this and flopping onto it and climbing around. Hours of fun, for sure.
My other project was for my dear college friend’s birthday She is a cat lover so I knew I wanted to use this Lizzy House catnap fabric. I considered various Noddlehead patterns (as Anna is the queen of bags) and finally settled on the (free) Madras Tote.
I didn’t want to use the print on the outside because I figured it would show dirt too easily. I eventually landed on some denim and plaid, which seemed appropriate given the bag’s name. The playful cat print is hidden inside. The pattern calls for cotton canvas as interfacing but I used a cotton/linen blend instead. I also made handles with the denim fabric rather than use webbing. I’ve made a couple more complicated bags but I really love this one for its simplicity. It is very sturdy, takes no special materials, and is an easy sew.