30 Percent Off Cyber Monday

Promo Code 30offCyberMonday2013 will get you 30 percent off everything in my Etsy shop—The Little Blue Trunk—today only.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheLittleBlueTrunk

If you want something that isn’t listed. Contact me and I can create a listing and provide a discount.Happy Shopping!

Jan

Holiday Hearts and Stars

I know there’s probably a more productive way to spend my time, but with fabric, thread and buttons piled around I’ve been cutting and stitching these little ornaments the last few days.

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They’re about three or four inches tall.

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The hearts are hand cut to fit the scraps I had so they’re different sizes and shapes.

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Because I’m using scraps quantities are limited to what I have on hand.

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I used a template for the stars. To many points and angles to cut them freehand.

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I’ve listed this set of three stars in my Etsy shop.

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I have about 25 stitched up so far, so it’s time to stop stitching and get more listed.

If you want a custom order or a big batch of them contact me and we’ll work something out.

Jan

Country Christmas Wreaths

Once upon a time I came across a couple of small “store-bought” wreaths. I think they were in a box of craft supplies I got at an estate sale. These machine wrapped wreaths are a dime-a-dozen at craft stores these days.

I decided they’d been sitting around my house long enough, so I pulled out some vintage lace and buttons to dress them up.

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These six-inch wreaths are just the right size to decorate some of the small spaces in your house. In the guest bathroom for instance, they would make a nice little frame for a fragile vintage ornament.

In  a kid-friendly space this would be the perfect perch for a little elf to keep an eye on things.

You could hang them on a really large tree as an ornament. On a smaller tree one would make a charming little tree topper.

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I’ll include pictures and show you what I mean if they end up in my Etsy shop.

Anybody interested?

Christmas is Coming

 I’ve been making little handcrafted Christmas ornaments the last few days.

They’re great gifts for co-workers, classmates, and teachers. I’ll add a hang tag so they can be used as a gift tag.

Hang on one the neck of a bottle of wine for a hostess gift.

Fill a basket with them and gift to newlyweds for their first Christmas.

And if you have curious toddlers and pets, they are ideal for the bottom of the tree.

Burlap Stars, Jan Made it

These are all made by hand, by me, out of scraps I have around the house.

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They are about 4 inches tall.

I have more little hearts made of denim, ticking, and other shabby style fabrics.

I’m taking pictures and writing descriptions today to list them on Etsy.

I can use any color of thread, add beads or bangles, and customize a set to match your decor.

Let me know what you have in mind and I can make something just for you.

Jan

 

A Personalized Patchwork Christmas Stocking

I know time is short, but surely I’m not the only one who waits until the last minute to finish up Christmas preparations. So, if you need to make a stocking or two, here’s another “how to” make a Christmas stocking tutorial.

I made this personalized patchwork stocking with discarded jeans, vintage buttons and orphaned game pieces.  I used pinking shears, a hot glue gun and a sewing machine to make it.

Denim Christmas Stocking on JanMadeIt

I made this stocking for my son for his second Christmas. I probably put it together on December 23 because that’s how I roll.

Denim Christmas Stocking on JanMadeIt

I wanted to cover it with little toys, but since he was just two, and all the tiny toys are choking hazards, I didn’t have much to choose from. I went with buttons and a handful of vintage game pieces.

Denim Christmas Stocking on JanMadeIt

I started by cutting a stocking shape in red fabric. I cut two pieces, one piece would be the back, and the other piece is the base of the denim on the front.

Denim Christmas Stocking on JanMadeIt

Then I cut pieces of denim in a variety of fades and laid them out on the top side of the cut red fabric. Start sewing them down on the base piece as you find a pattern you like.

Denim Christmas Stocking on JanMadeIt

I used pinking shears to reduce fraying on the denim patches. When I had the stocking top covered I trimmed the denim to match the stocking shape.

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Then I laid the top piece on the back piece and stitched around the edges on the right side and trimmed the seam allowance to about a quarter of an inch, again using pinking shears.

And somewhere during this phase I attached a loop of red ribbon to the top of the stocking to make it fit for hanging.

Denim Christmas Stocking on JanMadeIt

Then I laid out the buttons and game pieces and hot glued them into place. I was able to spell his name with letter die from a word game. I think it was a prehistoric version of Boggle.

You could make stockings like this for all ages. Use any fabric and any adornments to personalize it.

What would you use to personalize stockings for your family?

 

 

Mini Christmas Tree Skirts

Mini Christmas Tree SkirtHere is the promised Christmas Tree Skirt.

It’s about 13 inches in diameter with gold ties. It’s reversible with gold on the back side, but red with gold poinsettia is the perfect finishing touch for this tree—along with the sparkling gold star on the top!

I will be taking this beauty to Roxy’s Funky Art Boutique soon.

Miniature Christmas Tree

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