This Christmas I was most excited to give one gift in particular. For the newest member of the Graj family, I made a pillow out of an old shrunken cashmere sweater that belonged to his beloved Grandfather, whom he will never be able to meet. After seeing Julia Rothman's free downloadable christmas tags, I was inspired to use a mix of the adorable graphics for this project. Using wool felting fibers and wool yarn, I felted and embroidered the graphic onto the washed and hot dried shrunken sweater. When the graphic was complete, I did a blanket stitch around the perimeter and sewed the pillow within.
I topped the gift with a pair of handmade elf shoes for the baby—when his little feet get a tad bigger, probably next Christmas! I used wool felt and red embroidery floss, with a pair of green jingle bells for the point of each pair.
The template is below for anyone with spare time to whip these up over this lovely holiday week!
Hope everyone enjoyed their holiday and have a happy New Year!! See you in 2011!