I'm officially allergic to any Christmas decorating/muzak that occurs before December 1st, but I do appreciate the weeks it takes to get your craft on. Most years I try to give handmade gifts, so I wanted to share a few with you this month and next.
Simple bear sleeping bag with a stuffed pillow.
-wool batting for stuffing pillow
-two coordinating fabrics. Cut two of each fabric as follows:
Back panel - 18 x 10 inches
Front panel - 13.5 x 10 inches
Place right sides of the fabrics together and sew up both the front panel and the back panel pieces like pillowcases, leaving the top edges open for turning.
Take the front panel piece and fold under the "pillowcase" (open) edge about 1/2 inch. Stitch closed.
To make the pillow, measure a line about 6 inches from the top. I marked mine with green tape. Stitch across this line. This will form the bottom of the pillow.
(View from the back). Now press under the top edge about 1/2 inch.
Stuff your wool batting into that opening.
Either hand or machine stitch closed. Keep shoving your wool batting out of the way of your machine's presser foot if necessary. You can fluff it back up later.
On the back of the sleeping bag, pin the front panel piece (pin the good side of the front panel to the back of the sleeping bag so it matches when you turn in inside out). Sew all around where you've pinned.
Turn your sleeping bag inside out, insert bear and admire your cleverness.
For another option, skip the stuffed pillow step and instead add a separate pillow.
That's one present done!