Sunday, January 11, 2015

Thinking Ahead

The extent of my Christmas sewing was two projects. That's it. Two. Never in my life have I sewn so little. There's a lot going on in our lives right now, and sewing isn't one of them. To be honest, it was kind of a relief. Sometimes, because we have such a fabulous ability to produce beautiful stitcheries, I think we put this huge pressure on ourselves to make our gifts. Or, perhaps it is just me that gets caught up in the "It has to be handmade!" craziness?

Anyhoo, my two projects were quick and simple. My favorite kind of sewing!

First, Son#1 was invited to a Christmas party. One of the girls at his high school is known for her fantastic get-togethers. She is precise in her arrangements and detailed in her attendees' requirements. I love that about her!  This party required a wrapped gift to exchange and a handmade ornament. While I admire her planning abilities, I've yet to come across a teenage boy who will  construct his own Christmas ornament to share with others at a party. 

Son#1 and I chatted it out, and we decided since the majority of his friends are gamers, any who received his ornament would appreciate it. 

Mario Star - Made from felt scraps, about 6 inches tall/wide.

The other sewing I completed about 3 days before Christmas. Thinking ahead (yay! I finally got around to alluding to the title of my blog post!) to the cold Winter days in the South...I know. That's a bit tongue-in-cheek, though we do have a few snaps of chilly days...I decided to sew a gift that keeps on giving:  

Scented Rice Bag - Brushed Flannel, Rice, & Cinnamon Powder
Instructions:  Heat in microwave for 1min30sec
Can also be placed in freezer and used as an ice-pack

The brushed flannel has been sitting in my fabric stash for quite some time. I believe I originally intended to make pajama pants out of it, but LG decided she didn't care for the pattern. A dozen of these (truly, 12!) were whipped up and stitched out on the serger in under 2 hours. 

I set my serger to a rolled hem, and used wooly nylon in the upper looper. It made for a quick, yet pretty finish. These rice bags are a great way to practice turning corners on your serger! The bags sized out at 7 x10 inches. They are filled with about 2 cups of rice. The cinnamon is optional. 

If you want to add it, I suggest dumping all the rice into a large bowl, adding the cinnamon, and mix, mix, mix, with your hands. I did about 12 cups of rice to 2 tsps of cinnamon. A little dab'll do ya in this instance. You just want the cinnamon to coat the rice. If it's too plentiful, it will 'bleed' through your fabric. 

The bags were given to each of my nieces and sisters-in-law. It was funny to watch their faces as they opened their gift. A couple of them knew exactly what it was, and the others stared at it, then politely said, 'What do I do with this?' 

I made a rice bag for myself as well...but DH has absconded with it. When he's having a migraine, he warms up the bag and places it on his chest. For some reason, the heat from the rice, and the scent of the cinnamon have a calming effect on him, and help him power through the migraine pain. Guess I need to stitch up some more so we don't have to fight over this one. 

Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

Happy Sunday!


  1. If it's any consolation, my teenage girl wouldn't whip up a hand made ornament either. She has absolutely no interest in crafty endeavors. Somehow she missed out on the stitching gene that seems to run in my family. The ornament is fun, great idea. I've heard about the rice heating pads. I may have to give those a try. I have migraines and Drama Teen occasional needs to put heat on her knee after work outs.


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