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Holiday sewing with 5 out of 4 Patterns Luna and Shenanigans Mash-up

Most of my holiday sewing consists of gifts. My great nieces LOVE to twirl. So I did a Little Luna/Shenanigans mash up so that they could twirl to their hearts content. Both are 5 out of 4 patterns and the Little Luna is even free with a coupon code found in the Facebook Group!

floral skirt 1This mash up is so easy and who doesn’t love a skirt with built in shorts? I used the skirt and waistband from the Little Luna and the shorts are the three inch shorts from the Girl’s Shenanigans pattern. I left the gusset out of the shorts and cut them on the lower waist cut line.

polka dot skirt 1No modeled photos to show you because these are Christmas presents but I know my nieces will absolutely love them! These skirts have maximum twirl so the built in shorts will make sure that they can twirl and stay modest.

floral skirt 2I used 95% cotton 5% lycra for the skirt, waistband and shorts. I got the floral stripe fabric here, the solid fabric here and the polka dots here. It looks like she is sold out of this polka dot but she has lots more to choose from!

polka dot skirt 2My favorite Christmas cookies from when I was young were cookies that looked like candy canes. They are made with almond extract. I haven’t made them in probably 10 years but I couldn’t help but whip up a batch to give you guys a picture to drool over.

candy cane cookiesCandy Cane Cookies:

1 cup soft shortening (at least half butter)

1 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp almond extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups sifted flour

1 tsp salt

Red food coloring (I used 10 drops)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together thoroughly the shortening, confectioner’s sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla extract. Sift together the flour and salt and stir in. Divide dough in to halves. Blend red food coloring into 1/2 of the dough. Cover and chill dough for 30 minutes, or until easy to handle. Roll teaspoonfuls of dough in to strips 4 inches long. Place one white and one red strip side by side, press together lightly and twist in to candy cane shape. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9-10 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet.

Variation: Substitute 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp peppermint extract for vanilla and almond extracts. While warm, sprinkle with mixture of crushed peppermint candies and sugar.

Now for the fun part! Who wants to win a 5 out of 4 Pattern? All you have to do is comment with which pattern you would want and who you would make it for (yourself, children, spouse, parent, friend…) I’ll leave this open through midnight on the 7th and winner will be emailed on the 8th! I’ll use random dot org to draw a random winner.

Make sure you check out the rest of the stops on this tour throughout the week for more yummy cookie recipes and chances to win a free pattern!

Blog Tour Schedule

December 1 – Marvelous Auntie M | ah baby! Custom Design

December 2 – Elli & Nels in Stitches | Sewn at Seams

December 3 – Pattern Revolution

December 4 – My Heart Will Sew On | Fabulous Home Sewn

December 5 – Wonderfully Handmade |Randoms by Rydz

December 6 – Sewing with D| Octaves of Color

December 7 – Turtle Birdies

Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small commission. Regardless, I only recommend patterns and designers that I love and hope you do too.

Creating before writing

As someone who loves to sew, I have spent more time creating before writing this week so I’m going to show you what I’ve been working on. I am super proud of getting my nieces’ Fourth of July dresses done and mailed out before the holiday this year! This is big because I still have the fabric to make their Christmas pajamas in tact…their Christmas pajamas for 2015.

I absolutely love how their firework dresses turned out. The Little Miss Sunshine Dress by Peek-a-boo was perfect for what I had in mind. This fabric is all from Peek-a-boo as well and it sews like a dream.

I also only ordered one yard of the firework fabric so I had to get creative. This pattern allowed me to get the most out of that one yard of fabric.

Their favorite part is probably going to be the twirlability these dresses have.

Of course I got that necklace that matches perfectly from Tickled Pink Designs since she is my necklace dealer. She always seems to have one to match whatever I am making the girls!

I also got another Little Rascal Romper done. This time I tried the dolman sleeve option for my 2.5 year old niece. I love this orange with pink polka dot fabric.

Now on to today’s project…a shore bag with these gorgeous Art Gallery fabrics! I can’t wait to show you the completed bag next week.

How about if we have a little contest…I am in the process of adding something new to the Etsy shop this afternoon. Something awesome. Something I think you guys will love. If you have read this far, leave me a comment with a guess as to what it might be and I’ll select a winner using random.org for someone to win a $15 shop credit. This amount also happens to be the price of this new item (minus shipping) so you could get one for yourself! I am just waiting for the mailman to deliver the surprise to a friend so I can finally show it off.