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Dog-themed Christmas Gifts

I am always pleased if I can identify a theme for my present-making. For two recipients, this was relatively easy as they are both dog owners.

For one friend I used a half-metre of Red background Multi-dog printed cotton linen-look fabric from my stash and for the other, some Cream background French Bulldog print linen from my ‘landfill’ bags (more of that later).

Using the Red background I first made a ‘shortie’ apron using View B of the free pattern ‘Sam apron’ from Helen’s Closet.

This is the same pattern that I used for the ‘Robins’ collection. There is a requirement for bias binding around the sides of the bib and as I was short on fabric, I used some Red background printed cotton from my stash of fat quarters. I love that pattern and fully intend to make one each for my husband and me!

As I was a little tight on fabric but there was just enough to make a project bag providing that I continued to use the scrap of Red background Fat quarter from my stash. The zip came from my stash and I packed the bag with some coordinating paper napkins.

I finished off that gift package with a Gnome tea light cover that is an ‘In the Hoop’ embroidery design recently purchased from ‘Embroidery Garden’.

The Cream background French Bulldog print is a linen fabric originally intended as a furnishing fabric. Through a very circuitous route I have obtained a bag of this type of fabric that was originally intended for landfill. I am so pleased that I have been able to make something useful from the fabric.

There was only a little useable of this particular print and so I made the back of the project bag using some coordinating needlecord from my stash. I have added yet another gnome tea light cover to the gift but as this has to be posted, have omitted the battery operated tea light.

Projects #87, #88 and #89 completed 5th & 6th December 2021

Jenna cropped cardigan #3

I have been very pleased with the two Jenna cardigans that I have made so far and when I found this short length (1.2M) of Pink Ponte Roma in my stash I knew exactly what I wanted to make. This colour will go perfectly with my latest Polly dress #3 that I made whilst on the Sewcial Retreat in March.

Due to minimal amount of fabric available, I had to make the sleeves slightly shorter but apart from that no alterations were made to my now-refined pattern (shortened centre back slightly for sway back).

Jenna cardigan in Bold Pink Ponte Roma #3

The cardigan is a delight to wear as the fabric is so soft, I only wish I knew from where I purchased it!

completed 28th March 2020