This weekend, my friend Julie texted me a picture of her kitchen. It was a mess! It's okay for me to say that, because that was the point of her text. I texted her back: "I see your mess, and I'll raise you mine." and I sent her a picture of my living room.
The good news is that I am almost done with making Christmas presents. I wanted to share some of them here, but I don't want the people that I made them for to see them. I can, however, post these with confidence as I am sure there are no children who read my blog (except Frances and then, only when I let her).
After I had all the pieces cut out, I put them back together in a stack like you see above and pinned them together. In the case of middle pieces, I put the paper templates back together to help me get them in the right place.
Next I will use my zigzag stitch on my sewing machine to go around the letters, starting from the middle out. Once the letter is secured to the oval, I will use the same stitch to sew the oval to the t-shirt. I have found in making these shirts in the past that sewing one oval onto a shirt is MUCH easier than sewing around a letter like that funky "F" up there!
I have made these shirts for the kids for their birthdays in the past and the LOVE them. Since I am aiming for a mostly homemade Christmas this year, I thought I would go for initials. I hope they LOVE these just as much. Plus my favorite part is using the same fabrics for different kids. All the girls have the same pink in their letter. Henry and his cousin have the same background, and Benjamin and our friend "D" have the same fabrics. I also know that one of those fabrics is from a receiving blanket the kids used to use, at least two of them are from quilts my grandmother made, and another one is from a dear friend. I plan on telling the kids the story of their fabrics when they get their shirts.