December Monthly Report

Monday, January 3, 2022

It's time for the December monthly report. See past reports here.

December was full of a lot of sewing! I mostly made drawstring bags for wrapping gifts. This is my second present block bag. I love how it turned out! Here is the tutorial if you'd like to make one too: Present Quilt Block Drawstring Bag Free Tutorial

This year I really wanted to use up this Cozy Christmas Panel by Lori Holt. My Mom gave it to me a few years ago and it's just been waiting in my stash to be used for something.

I ended up squeezing SEVEN bags from it! I used a solid for all the linings, but the exteriors were all cut from the panel. I made two Everything size bags and five Snack size bags from my Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern. Feels so good to have used it up. There aren't even scraps left!

I made a some Christmas gifts, but managed to take almost no photos of them somehow! I did snap a photo of this special project. My Mom and I have been really into puzzles this year, so I decided to get a custom puzzle printed for her. At first I wasn't sure what to have printed, but ended up doing a giant vintage star quilt mocked up some of my Dreamin' Vintage prints. I used I choose the 675-piece 20" square puzzle, which came with their standard box. I wasn't crazy about the box, so I ended up picking up a kraft paper box from Michael's and designing my own box cover. I think it turned out pretty cute, and she loved it!

I started a new knitting project! Another pair of colorwork mittens. I'm using Emma's Ice Flower Mittens pattern. More details on my Ravelry here.

To keep myself accountable for my stash goals, I track my yardage for fabric and yarn each month. Read more about how I track here. Here is how I did in December:

December Fabric
Used up: 21.75 yard
Brought in: 2 yards
Net: -19.75 yards
Year to date: -88.25 yards

December Yarn
Used up: 0 yards
Brought in: 0 yards
Net: 0 yards
Year to date: -2319 yards

Pretty happy with my fabric output this month! I made a bunch of drawstring bags which was a good chunk of the yardage. I also made myself a coat! I'll be sure to post about it soon, but that used up 5.5 yards. No yarn out this month, but none in, so that's good!

Did a little antiquing while we were back home in Ohio. Managed to find some really nice vintage Christmas goodies!

I finally tried making milk bread! I've wanted to try this bread for a long time and it did not dissapoint. It turned out so delicious, and had the most amazing soft texture. I'll be making this many more times! The recipe is from the book Mooncakes and Milkbread by Kristina Cho*. I bookmarked so many things to make in this book.

Have a Great Month!

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  1. I made a ton of your lined drawstring bags this year for Christmas gift wrapping. At the end of gift opening my husband made this comment "these bags are the best part of gift opening" and I agree. I have already made more for Christmas 2022.

  2. I bought your gift bag pattern several years ago and just love how they turnout. Thank you so much fir the present bag- it makes the bag even more special for those special times and people. Best wishes for a happy,healthy new year!

  3. What a terrific month, creatively-speaking. I love all the bags you made and that puzzle! How cool is that?! And Yay for trying a new recipe and having it turn out so good!

  4. what an inspirational post jeni. thank you once again for sharing your life and creativity with us. here's to a very sweet, calm, safe new year.

  5. Hi, Jeni: I love your posts. Is that Lori Holt panel actually 8 fat quarters all printed on one piece of fabric? I've never seen anything like that before! Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Anna-Thanks! It's actually eight fat-eighths. Pretty neat!


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