In addition to elves, I also tried sewing some other toys. Before the time of Elves, it was the time of nesting boxes from the same book that had the instructions for the Spectrum Quilt:
This book has a lot of great easy things, BUT--for me--nesting boxes were not one of them. In the book they look like perfect little tissue boxes all in graduated sizes. My expectations were high.
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So after two, I quit! But I had cut sooooo many squares. You see, I got ahead of myself and thought I would sew an extra set for my nephew on the way too. That did not go as planned, and when I threw in the towel, I still had all this stuff:
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Slap a sixth side together, throw a little stuffing in there....ermagad! So much easier. And this, friend, is the project that taught me how to stuff toys and led me to the elves. If I had had jingle bells, I would have put a few in some of the cubes, but do you realize it's hard to find jingle bells for sale outside of the Christmas season? Supply and Demand is a funnily specific animal.
So now I have tons of cubes, our baby is set. Our nephew has a few coming his way. And my scrap pile has been reduced yet again. Including some of this awesome fabric I stole from my mom's stash maybe back in high school:
Some of the scrap I used was from some upholstery projects I did so I worry once the cubes get covered in baby drool and I drop them in the wash they will come out looking funky and wonky too. But if they do......I bet they will make the nesting boxes look awesome by comparison.