Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Handmade Holidays

I love to give handmade gifts for the holidays. Holiday nut breads, cookies, candies and mixes are all wonderful gifts from the kitchen. And when time allows, I like to get back to handcrafted needle art projects.

This punch needle mitten was nearly three years in the making! I would start it, forget it, put it away for the next year, and repeat the cycle all over again. I have a hard time finishing things this year, for some reason. But yesterday, I was determined to get this one done for Shirley Ann, who loves snowmen.

I found this pretty piece of flannel in my fabric stash. I traced the finished punch needle mitten and cut out two pieces of flannel. I attached the punch needle to one side, stitched it all together
and inverted it. Then I turned the cuff, added a strip of fringed flannel, and finished the top cuff.

A warm winter mitten to warm the heart!

I had to finish this project by hand because my very old sewing machine was not cooperating. I think it's time to buy a new model, something smallish and cheap that I can use for paper crafting, too. Any suggestions?


  1. So cute! What is your next project?


  2. I love this! I have been working on a punch needle project too...then ran out of floss 75% of the way through and can't find the right color to finish! Grrrr! I can't tell you how long it's taken me! This is very cute and I am glad you finished it!