Online Finds: Knitted Bear Mug Rugs

Arts & Crafts, Fabrics & Materials

I saw these knitted bear mug rugs and immediately thought of Worldcon 75 and their mascot Major Ursa:

Crafty Jen SewandSo Coaster Tutorial Baby-Bears

Crafty Jen via SewandSo / F&W Media International Ltd.

The coaster design is by Louise Walker and available in her book Faux Taxidermy Knits; tutorial for SewandSo by Jen. There’s a little stuffing in the bears’ head and paws, which makes them part plushie.

Pretty awesome and very cute!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Favorite Handmade Xmas Presents from 2014

After Hours, Arts & Crafts, Fabrics & Materials

Happy New Year to each and everyone! I had such a relaxing Christmas and a great break in general. I hope that was also the case for you. It’s good to be back to a fresh start, though, with some fresh snow outdoors. I just love how everything looks so clean and clear and soft after snowfall.

Speaking of soft: Every year, I try to include something handmade in my Christmas presents. Here are some soft projects from 2014 that I most enjoyed making:

2014 Handmade Xmas Presents

Clockwise from top right: three nesting bins in the recipient’s favorite colors; simple gift wrapping with a hunter green envelope, a bunny paper clip and a recycled Christmas card cut down to size; freeform hand-embroidered rosemary sachets, cotton on cotton muslin; two nesting bins out of blue Marimekko poppy print fabric; and eight fabric coasters with felt innards and fringed edges, complete with a small custom storage bin in coordinating colors.

In this case, part of the pleasure came from being able to use for personal gain a fabric bin construction technique I developed for my business.

Any handmade gifts you either made or received that you’d like to share? Please do!