This is the hardest time of year for handwork. There’s so much to do– Christmas presents for family, decorations for all the upcoming holidays, birthday stuff for smalls– but it’s difficult to find anything that I can work on or post about in public, because so much of what I’m making these days is meant to be a surprise. This year I can post about stuff for the smalls because they are not yet browsing the internet on their own, but that won’t be true for many more Octobers.
These are dress-up dinosaur/dragon tails for the smalls…or they will be, someday! Robert is at a conference all this week, so my time without smalls has been truly minimal. I’m making them tails and wings in (relative– see the small feet in that photo?) secrecy in the hopes that they can be Christmas presents. I find that there’s no harm, especially with kids this age, in them seeing the boring parts of making presents– they don’t attach meaning to the sewing of straps or the cutting of big geometric shapes, so that’s fine to do in their presence, but I’m not going to be able to get away with having the big triangle shapes sewn into a tapered tube and edged with spikes, because that will look like a dragon tail to them. It’s a fine line, and it moves every year (and sometimes every week!), but in order to do handmade holidays, there are some risks you have to take.
Of course, the smalls have both been insisting that they want to be “baby dragons” for Hallowe’en, so possibly these will be making their debut at the end of the month and all this secrecy will be for naught.
This pattern comes from Running With Scissors. The fabrics are organic cotton sweatshirt fleece and some ancient Eco-Fi felt from my stash.