Monday, December 17, 2012

The Gruffalo and Earbud Pouches

Have you heard of the children's books, "The Gruffalo" or "The Gruffalo's Child"? They're wildly popular in the UK, and are a favorite video of our two Kansas City grandsons. 

During my November visit to their house, we put these Gruffalo clings on a bright green wall in the boys' bedroom. I came home with measurements for making a window valance and buntings. 

Using the same pattern that I used for bunting in my sewing room, I made one bunting that's 150" long, to hang above the Gruffalo decals. Fabrics are: V&Co.'s orange chevron from the Simply Color collection; and the zig-zaggy green-ish Center City print by Jay McCarroll... which is also the fabric used for the valance. 

I scanned several pages from the Gruffalo story book and printed them on Printed Treasures to create the fabric for several pennants.

In addition to the long bunting, I made two 40" buntings that include each of the boys' names. They will hang over their respective twin beds.

These buntings aren't Christmas gifts, per se, but should arrive in time to be opened, hung and enjoyed over Christmas. Can't wait to see pictures of the finished room.

This week I was reminded of how worthwhile it is to read blogs, not only because I'm keeping up with friends, but also for the tips, tricks and links they share. Such was the case last week when I went to Rene's blog and read about the earbud pouches she was sewing for Christmas gifts. Great idea! With credit to Erin Erickson for her tutorial, here are a few I made.

 You might rightly guess that the palm tree print pouch is mine.

To say I've done a lot of sewing and quilting in the past few years is an accurate statement. This week I finished off this 6,452 yard spool of Aurifil white thread! I used up the white thread, but that doesn't include the cones of gray and beige threads I've used for sewing and quilting. Fortunately for me, I had another cone ready to go. I buy many of my sewing and quilting notions, including thread, from JHittle, an on-line business with great prices. No affiliation here; just a happy customer.

Also on the happy front, I learned I won Cherry's giveaway of a fabric "smoothie" and both of her Christmas patterns. I love these designs for their simplicity which is right up my alley.

Here's wishing that all is happy and merry and bright in your part of the world. Linda


  1. OK, I am seriously in love with your pennants. :D And those earbud cases are most excellent. Perfect gifts for my teenage nieces.

  2. Seriously cute buntings, Linda! We made several of those earbud pouches for the St Luke's fundraiser this year. While practicing I made one with doggy paw prints for Di B and an aqua one with white daisies for myself. Wouldn't be without it hanging on my keychain - just gorgeous! I hope your recipients love them too.

  3. Love your bunting idea with the story book pages scanned onto fabric! I'm sure the boys will love them. Also like your little pouches for the head sets! Must make one for myself as I always get them knotted up in my bag!
    Wow, you have indeed sewn a lot.

  4. The buntings are so cute and the boys will love them. You are a nice and talented grandmother to make those for the little darlings. Hope you have a marvelous Christmas!

  5. Linda I'm not familiar with the Gruffalo but I love the bunting - how perfect for the little ones' rooms. I just ordered two new cones of Aurafill - wonderful thread! blessings, marlene

  6. Hi Linda
    Love your bunting and the earbud cases. Wouldn't mind making some, but it'll be in the New Year. Have a safe and happy Christmas from Sue in New Zealand

  7. You are absolutely is amazing the wealth of information that can be found any given day by just opening my blog reader. Thanks for sharing the link to the earbud pouches. I am off there next. What a great gift idea.


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