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post #1 of 85
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I need an accountability thread! Let's post our lists, and check them off as we finish.

Here's what I need to do:

*hem and iron A's dress
*embroider L's stocking
*make A's wool felt crown
*make ribbon wands for A & L
*make felt food for A & L
*make a recycled sweater diaper cover for L
*cover barrettes in wool felt for A
*make mitts for A out of leftover sweater
*wrapping all that and more!

Okay, that's it for now...if I get a reasonable amount of that done I'm sure I'll think up some more.
post #2 of 85
Mine is a little short but a bit of a challenge. I was going to make a doll for DD, but instead she wants to fix up this hand-me-down doll I've had since I was little (it was handmade, probably in the late 1970's). It needs a new outfit (or at least the bloomers mended, but I'd like to make it a new outfit), and she wants a basket for it, so I was thinking a basket cover to match the outfit. Also it needs a new eye, but all that'll take is some blackfelt and a little glue. It could probably use new hair, too (it's just got little bangs and a bonnet).

The challenge is that it's a rather oddly proportioned doll, and I have no idea how to figure out what sort of doll dress pattern would actually fit it.
post #3 of 85
I am taking heart in the fact that it is only Dec 3rd.

~make homemade embossed Christmas cards -- DONE thank goodness
~finish felted crown for ds -- DONE
~knit slippers for ds DONE
~scarf for niece
~finish earflaps on hat for niece -- DONE (but don't like my finished product, so not really done)
~finish playfood for some friends
~crayon muffins DONE
~felted bowls DONE
~start a bunch of dishcloths and washcloths for friends *DONE*

~put tree up and make decorations -DONE

I think that's it.

boogiemonster -- are you doing the LTK crown? I am in red and yellow. I have never felted before and I didn't have fabulous luck felting the swatch. I don't know how it's going to turn out. Let me know how yours is.
post #4 of 85
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Originally Posted by Hoopin' Mama View Post
boogiemonster -- are you doing the LTK crown? I am in red and yellow. I have never felted before and I didn't have fabulous luck felting the swatch. I don't know how it's going to turn out. Let me know how yours is.
I sewed it out of wool felt. It's red and yellow too! I can post pics later if I can clear some space on my memory card.

I have felted bags and mittens in the past, though. How did you felt your swatch? Maybe I can help you troubleshoot.
post #5 of 85

My list

Playsilks for DD.- Finished the square ones, still need to do the long rainbow ones.
More felt food for DD.
Purses for sister and sil.- Found pattern and bought fabric for one.
Felted soap for sister/sil.
Handprint kitchen towels for MIL.

Lots of cooking to do, too!

Is everyone going to post pictures when finished? Please :
post #6 of 85
Knitted hat for niece
Knitted hat for another niece
Two purses for nieces
Bean bags for niece and son
Felt food for niece and son
Knitted coasters for gparents in law
Knitted dish cloths and potholders for MIL
Knitted hat for dh
Knitted hat for son
Waldorf doll for son
Rice bags and sleeves (all bags are sewn minus channels and rice) and half the sleeves are done
Pants for son and niece
Babylegs for son and niece
Mittens for son and niece

Will I get it all done? Probably not, lol. I've finished a few things and have a million things start. Oy.
post #7 of 85
I am a rookie and hand making stuff, so I am feeling the crunch now, even though I have over two weeks.

-Finish Waldorf doll for friend (Finished except clothes, which I'll do after holidays)
-Start Waldorf doll for DD (Haven't even gathered the materials!)
-Make soakers from recycled sweaters (2 done)
-Make felt food (2 pieces done, SO many more to go!)
-Design and sew guitar strap embellishment for DH (This will have to wait till after holidays)
-Paint a canvas with DH to give to SIL (Haven't even unwrapped the canvas!)

I have no idea how I'm going to finish all this when my only work time is during DD's nap. :
post #8 of 85
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Originally Posted by marie1080 View Post
Playsilks for DD.
More felt food for DD.
Purses for sister and sil.
Felted soap for sister/sil.
Handprint kitchen towels for MIL.

Lots of cooking to do, too!

Is everyone going to post pictures when finished? Please :
I wanna see handprint kitchen towels (with instructions) pretty please! :
post #9 of 85
Ooooh! Another request for handprint towel instructions here. I need one more small gift for my MIL and she would adore something like that!

I keep a to-do Christmas list on my blog. So far I've gotten 4 1/2 out of 14 things done. Eeek! :
post #10 of 85
I don't have instructions anywhere
I saw these quilts and thought I would just do something similar on dish towels. I'll post pictures when I get around to making them- probably not until the weekend:
post #11 of 85
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Originally Posted by boogiemonster View Post
I sewed it out of wool felt. It's red and yellow too! I can post pics later if I can clear some space on my memory card.

I have felted bags and mittens in the past, though. How did you felt your swatch? Maybe I can help you troubleshoot.
I put the swatch through at least three times, and it still didn't completely felt. It just got really fuzzy, but the stitches were still showing. I finally decided I was wasting too much water and just decided to start making the crown.

I felted in on hot cycle, cold rinse, with a pair of jeans. I did use regular detergent, and then read somewhere that it's best to use dish detergent. Any tips you might have would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
post #12 of 85
I took the Handmade christmas pledge, so I am really getting into it this year. In the past I made bath salts and scrubs. This year I still have to:
Embroider the last apron
make 2 more no-sew tutus
make one more star wand
bake 3 gingerbread houses for Saturday
wrap up my white elephant gift for family christmas party

I would love to see everyone's finished projects!
post #13 of 85
Done:

2 robots
4 maze books
12 bean bags
5 musical wands
10 lacing cards
20 mini books
3 picture frames
4 magnetic tic tac toe
1 doll sling
1 art work tray
5 bath salt jars
8 appliquéd tote bags
1 hot pack

TO DO:
2 spacedolls
2 hot packs
3 appliquéd pillows
almost finished with 3 felt crowns
wooden doll tree house

:::::::: dizzy::::
post #14 of 85
oh and there are pics of most of my stuff in my blog.
post #15 of 85
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Hoopin' Mama View Post
I put the swatch through at least three times, and it still didn't completely felt. It just got really fuzzy, but the stitches were still showing. I finally decided I was wasting too much water and just decided to start making the crown.

I felted in on hot cycle, cold rinse, with a pair of jeans. I did use regular detergent, and then read somewhere that it's best to use dish detergent. Any tips you might have would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
Hmm...sounds like you did everything right to me. You used 100% wool? My only other suggestion would be to stop the washer before it gets to the rinse cycle and run it through the hot wash again immediately. Maybe that's what you did, though...

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Originally Posted by mamaveggie View Post
I took the Handmade christmas pledge, so I am really getting into it this year. In the past I made bath salts and scrubs. This year I still have to:
Embroider the last apron
make 2 more no-sew tutus
make one more star wand
bake 3 gingerbread houses for Saturday
wrap up my white elephant gift for family christmas party

I would love to see everyone's finished projects!
I love the idea of a handmade Christmas. I've been making most of my gifts since my broke university student days.

I'd love to find out more about the no-sew tutu. My DD would really dig something like that.
post #16 of 85
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Originally Posted by granolapunk View Post
Done:

2 robots
4 maze books
12 bean bags
5 musical wands
10 lacing cards
20 mini books
3 picture frames
4 magnetic tic tac toe
1 doll sling
1 art work tray
5 bath salt jars
8 appliquéd tote bags
1 hot pack

TO DO:
2 spacedolls
2 hot packs
3 appliquéd pillows
almost finished with 3 felt crowns
wooden doll tree house
How did you do the bean bags? Are they little ones, or chair-sized? We want a bean bag for Noli to sit on, but I'm wary of buying one filled with Styrofoam.
post #17 of 85
Ok, I'm at 5 projects out of 14 down now. : I just finished a crocheted birdie set for ds2 last night (you can see it in my blog). I should be able to get another 2 out of the way by the end of the weekend - I hope!!

granolapunk, I've been meaning to tell you that I visited your blog - I really liked it! (actually, I need to go back and see your latest projects!) I was going to leave a comment for you, but you're set so that comments can only be left by people with a google account.
post #18 of 85
I was just trying to get my list in order. Maybe this will give me the motivation to actually do them!

Tu-tus (3)
Fairy wands with ribbons and bells (4)
Tiaras (4)- with no idea how to do them
6 reusable grocery bags (and more if I get anymore heavy duty strap fabric)
Stocking stuffers for dd stocking
And a few things from a Readymade book for my brother:
Pillowcase magazine holder thing
FedEx tube cd holder (without the fed ex tube, using cardboard)
Waterbottle herb garden
Hardback book photo frame

Ugh, and 80 loaves of dessert bread :
post #19 of 85
Granola Punk -- love the robots on your blog.

I am trying not to notice that I have crossed nothing off my to-do list. The good news is, i won't see my niece until after Christmas, so I have some wiggle room.
post #20 of 85
I confess I'm following this thread for future ideas

but I do have somethings to contribute for others like me!

Oh so easy No sew tutu instructions:
http://www.gophotography.com/tutu/

Handprint towel instructions:
http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-cra...f117gift9.html
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