Category: gift

Cassette Desk Calendars

I made several of these for Christmas presents this year.  I loved how they turned out even though they are slightly different than I intended. I got a free template for these desk calendars at Persnickety Prints.  They are sized so that the prints fit nicely into a CD case turned inside out (sort of.  They have instructions.)  I fully intended to do that.  But I had free prints at York photos and I thought they were printing them the same size as at Persnickety Prints because they had an option for a 4×5.33 or something like that.  I wasn’t thinking straight.  But lucky for me, even though the prints did NOT fit in a CD case, they did fit in a Cassette Case!  As chance would have it, I didn’t have any cassette cases around and I had to go buy some at Goodwill.  But I am happy the gift worked out even though I messed it up. Grandparents love them and so does Mr. Jiggs.  He’s been wanting pictures of the family to put in his cubicle.  Now he has...

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Oliver + S Messenger Bags

Last Christmas my sister and her family came to visit.  I had a copy of Little Things to Sew and was tracing out patterns onto freezer paper.  My niece is really into bags.  And she fell in love with the messenger bag in the book and decided to trace out the pattern as well so she could make the bag. I don’t think she really knew what she would use it for ( which probably bugged my practical sister) but she still liked it.  Thing is, my sister had 5 kids and about to have her 6th.  I knew helping my niece make this bag was not going to be at the top of her to-do list for a long while. Oh, and they were in the middle of moving several states away for a new job.  No time for unnecessary bags. (Pigg#1 was kind enough to wear the bag for my pictures..but I don’t think he’d want his face with the girly bag.  Kindergarten has taught him a few things…and don’t you love the sunburst things in my pictures?  Not photoshopped.  Totally got that through my own skills/luck.) So I decided to make the bag for her for Christmas this year.  I hope she likes it…that it meets the vision she had because I honestly couldn’t remember what colors she said she’d use except for the pink.  And...

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Boy Dress ups: ‘Coonskin Hat

Pigg#1 really likes to ‘dress up’ these days.  So For Christmas I decided to make some “Boy Dress-ups”  One of them was a Davy Crockett Hat!  I measured around his head (20 in) and found a pan that would make a circle about the right size to trace.  ( I should have made it a bit bigger for seam allowance) Then I cut a circle out of the fuzzy ‘raccoon’ fabric and one out of fleece and a rectangle the length of his head plus an inch (so I did 21 inches but i should have done 22 inches with a bigger circle) and about 5 inches wide out of the two fabrics.  And then a rectangle out of the raccoon fabric for the tail.  I pinned the rectangles for the side of the hat around the circle and sewed it up.  For both the raccoon fabric and the fleece.  Then I sewed the ends of the rectangle together (because I wasn’t being mathematically exact and didn’t want to do this before sewing the rectangle onto the circle.)  The tail rectangle I folded in half, rounded one end and sewed along two sides.  I left the short, straight edge next to the fold open for turning.  Turned the tail right side out and sewed it to the right side of the raccoon fabric hat.  It’s at the place where...

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DIY Laptop Pad

Pigg#3 was born right before Father’s day.  I’d been planning to make Mr. Jigg’s father’s day gift ahead of time, but didn’t finish before the baby was born.  And although I did get it in time for Father’s Day, I haven’t gotten around to posting it until now.  I think it’s appropriate since Christmas is approaching…maybe someone on your list could use something like this.  Mr. Jiggs lives on his laptop.  He uses it all day at school and then likes to sit on the couch and keep studying, writing emails, and other ‘stuff’ in the living room where the activity of the rest of the household keeps him awake.  But the laptop gets hot on his legs and if he sticks a pillow underneath, the fan on the laptop can’t vent and the laptop overheats.  But this gives the best of both worlds.  A pillow on the bottom to be soft on the legs, and flat on the top so the laptop vents are uncovered.  The pillow Velcros off.  Originally so I could take it off and wash it, but an added bonus is Mr. Jiggs can adjust the position to adjust the angle of the pad and make it more comfortable.  This is one of the best gifts I have ever given my husband…he uses it ALL the time and really likes it.  And it was probably...

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