I can't believe it's already December. We were supposed to put up the tree this weekend but never found the time to squeeze it in. Hopefully we can get it done this week, I know Buddy can't wait. I did manage some Christmas crafting during the game last night.
We tend to give out a lot of gift cards this time of year, and I always feel a bit sheepish just giving them out in those cardboard holders they provide at the store. So I came up with these felt reindeer pouches sized to fit a standard gift card (sans cardboard holder). I made two different versions one hand-stitched with felt antlers and a quicker machine sewed version with pipe cleaner antlers. I didn't want to have to fiddle with too many little pieces so the ears are part of the back pattern piece. Here's what it looks like from the back.
Wanna make one? Here's a pattern with instructions for the hand-stitched version.
(Update: I noticed a small error on the pattern where I wrote "ear placement" instead of "antler placement". Sorry if that confused anyone. I reloaded the file with the correct wording and some revised instructions. Thanks!)
In other news, I've never been much of a sports fan, but I couldn't not get caught up in the University of Hawaii Warrior football fever here in the islands. Last week UH became Western Athletic Conference champions when they defeated Boise State and added another win to their undefeated record of 11-0. Yesterday was their last scheduled game of the season against Washington State and a win last night almost guaranteed they would be invited to a BCS bowl game, something that has never happened in University of Hawaii history. It was a crazy game and in the end Hawaii was triumphant and we learned today that they're going to the Sugar Bowl on New Years day!