After a crafting hiatus this summer and fall, a few weeks ago I came down with a bit of a fever to makemakemake stuff. And in an effort to make a dent in my disaster of a craft area, I vowed to work only with supplies I already had on hand. I still hadn’t created anything handmade for Emmett, so I wanted to make a special Christmas present for him.
When I first visited Stitch, I purchased a three-pack of darling farm-themed fat quarters and in the back of my mind I knew I wanted to use them to make some sort of gift. I love the idea of play food toys, and I’ve been into doing blanket stitch on felt, so I decided to try to make a few plush veggies in a little “farm to table” sack.
IKEA also has a super inexpensive set if you aren’t the kind of person who derives ridiculous amounts of pleasure creating misshapen carrots of your own design while watching Homeland.
Once I’d created one carrot, I couldn’t stop myself and am already making plans to add to the collection.
I love the idea that it’s like a plot of garden/picnic blanket when they’re laid out. If I was really on my game, I would have sewed a plate and silverware appliques on the gingham fabric.
The corn was a particularly goofy labor of love, and required busting out the sewing machine, but this Iowa boy appreciated the effort.
Emmett loved them. He got his two (bottom) front teeth* just in time for Christmas and proceeded to immediately put the corn cobs into his mouth.
The reversible drawstring bag was a breeze, thanks to a tutorial I found. I actually made this while Emmett was awake and attempting to feed himself a bottle.
A few other projects I’ve pinned to attempt for Emmett someday:
- Monster mittens (This may be especially important if his eczema persists into toddlerhood!)
- A “quiet book” with little activities that travel and help develop fine motor skills
- A felt storyboard kind of like the one I remember coveting from our children’s library growing up
*Teething is awful. I don’t know how he can be up screaming all night and then super giggly in the morning, while Joe and I stumble around in total zombie mode. Still, kind of loving this season with a tiny.