Although it takes quite a bit of work, I really enjoy creating original designs and patterns. There is something incredibly satisfying about starting with an idea and seeing it through to an actual product. That being said, it can also be really rewarding to make a pattern that someone else has created. I find it a bit more relaxing because nothing needs to be reworked and everything just fits together as it should. I also learn a lot from making other people's patterns and my crafting skills always improve as a result. I recently found a couple of tutorials via Pinterest that I thought would be perfect to make as Christmas gifts. Can you believe Christmas is only two and a half months away?!
1. Owl Ornament - Tutorial by Juicy Bits - (Check out the tutorial here) These cute little owls worked up really quickly. I did try to cheat on the first one I made (blue and pink) and use my sewing machine on parts of it, but in the end I thought the parts that I hand stitched looked better...you can see the improvement in the tan and green one. I'm pretty dependent on my sewing machine, but I found that I really enjoyed the hand sewing and it was fun to experiment with different types of stitches. I already have another one in the works and I might whip up a few more. I plan to tie them on top of some of my Christmas gifts.
2. Modular Star - Tutorial by Kid Giddy - (Check out the tutorial here) I was instantly intrigued by this project because of how complex it looks. However, the great thing about it is that it really isn't that complicated to create at all. Surprisingly, the entire star can be created in a single afternoon. I love the quilted look of the star and I think it would be a really fun toy for a baby. I plan to make one more and give them as Christmas gifts to a couple of babies in our family. Fun!
Have you made any projects from tutorials on the web lately?