About a month ago I was thinking about upcoming festivities, and searching for the answer to what I imagine is a universal parenting conundrum for the Western world – how to make Easter special for the littles, whilst avoiding chocolate-induced craziness.
I have so enjoyed taking up sewing over the last year, and each time I take on a new project it grows my skills just a little bit more. So in the end I decided to give the girls each one small container of mini eggs, and make them each a winter poncho and a soft-toy bunny – using these pdf patterns I purchased on etsy.
I’ve found both patterns really straight forward to use and was excited that I got to dig around in my ever-growing fabric stash to find just the right fabric! For the bunnies I used fabric scraps I had leftover from the girls’ Christmas pyjamas… will post photos after Easter Sunday.
The Ponchos have been my real labour of love. I decided that they would be really cool if I used vintage wool blankets on the outside (spending far too much time scouring trademe for the right patterns!) and then a lovely soft lining of polar fleece. Each poncho has an applique design on the front, which I had heaps of fun making – using my fabric scraps, I cut out the various pieces and used perhaps my favourite sewing tool – fusible webbing, and a lot of zig-zagging on the sewing machine!
I’m still sewing the ponchos together, but feel fairly confident I’ll finish by Sunday without any crazy 2am bedtimes… so will post finished photos next week, but until then I thought I’d quickly share with you the appliques I made.
How does your family handle the Easter-chocolate-overload? Do you go all out on Chocolate and Easter Egg Hunts, or is Easter a more low-key affair in your home? I’ve considered asking the grandparents to tone down the chocolate gifting, but in the end I figure spoiling the girls rotten is their job, right?! I think last year we had chocolate rationed out and they were still eating it well into May…
However you choose to celebrate, wishing you the most lovely of Easter weekends…