This time of year always makes me feel project-y.  I want to get out the sewing machine, cast yarn on my needles, bust out the paint and glue gun, and make stuff.

Unfortunately, this Fall was so busy I didn’t have time to do anything like that.  We had sports practices 5 nights a week, plus 3 games every Saturday, and to be honest, it sucked.  I hated not having a night during the week where everyone could sit down to dinner together and no one had to run out the door.  And with all that going on, my sewing machine has just been gathering dust.  There has been a dearth of crafting going on over here.

But sports ended this weekend.  (Don’t get me wrong, I love watching my kids play, but the schedule this particular season was just brutal.  Took a lot of the fun out of it.)

And now I have a backlog of projects I’ve been meaning/wanting to do and finally some time on my hands.  And Christmas is right around the corner, so it seems like the right time to get going on some gifts.

I do love making gifts for my kids.  I try to make sure they get at least one homemade thing each year.  And we stole an idea from Design Mom years ago, and the kids all MAKE each other gifts.  Then, on Christmas Eve, the kids exchange the gifts they’ve made each other.  It’s one of my very favorite Christmas traditions (even when I’m elbow deep in a messy craft project with a 4-year old).  In fact, it’s definitely time to get started on that if we want to finish before Christmas Eve.

Here are some of the sewing projects on my Craft To-Do list right now:

Tutorial HERE

B really needs some pajama pants, and I have the cutest owl-print flannel fabric in my stash.  Since she is currently OBSESSED with owls, this seems like a no-brainer.  Except I’ve never made pants before, so this will test my ablilities.  I’m going to give it a try though!  Depending on how well it goes, I may make some for the boys as well.

Tutorial HERE

I have a bunch of old camo pants from my Army days…and these cool messenger bags would be even cooler in Camo.  I’m thinking of making these for the boys, including my nephews.  Bags are usually pretty quick and easy, so I think I can make a few in an afternoon. 

Tutorial HERE

The shams on my bed are old and don’t match the rest of my bedding anymore.  I bought some linen material months ago (in the form of a PB twin size duvet cover that was on SUPER sale and matches my room colors perfectly) intending to make shams, and then never got around to it.  It’s back on my list now that I have some time. 

I have another list going of non-sewing projects too, but I have to concentrate on one form of crafting at a time so I don’t have the whole house covered in partially-finished projects (until I have a dedicated space for my sewing machine to live).

I’d love to hear what projects other people might be working on–for the holidays or just for fun!  Leave me a comment and let me know what you’re working on…

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