Holiday Sewing 2012

This year’s holiday projects. No knitting. No crochet. All fleece.

Why? Because fleece is cheap, quick to sew and easy. Plus, it doesn’t fray. No “heartpains” when things go missing :)

This is just part of it. There are 4 more fleece pants and two more hoodies in the wash. They didn’t make it in time for the shoot. :)

Hoodie fleece jacket.
I’ve posted this up on my other blog. Check out the free pattern, instructions and sewing video (my first!) on youtube.

Polka dotted bias used to line and cover the neck seam. I have a huge stash of polka dotted bias tape in various colors.

High collar version without the hood. Great for lining ski jackets that already have a hood.

Love this plush royal purple fleece. US4.98/yard. 1.5 yards made two jackets with lots of leftovers.

Neck gaiters! These are so much safer than scarves that can get tangled. Scarves are nice when you are strolling down a wintry street trying to look fashionable. But when your kids are playing the scarves tend to unravel and drag all over the place. These are also super easy to make. Takes 5 minutes to sew up one!

Kitty cat purple fleece hat and pink bear fleece hats. The lining was made up of some leftover baby flannel. Came out of the wash rather crumply. :(

 I neeed a head model but no one was willing. So I had to get Mell-chan whose head is to small. Lol…

Hope these keeps us warm in snowy Hokkaido. Happy Holidays!

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  • hijikata
    December 13, 2012 - 6:03 pm | Permalink

    i really like these hats xD could you tell me where you get hats pattern? from a website or the name of the book :D ?

  • December 24, 2012 - 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Hi! Love your blogsite and your work! Can I ask where you bought the fleece from? And what needle size should I use to sew fleece? Thanks!

    • Cotton Candy
      January 2, 2013 - 9:54 am | Permalink

      Hi Elaine T, thanks! I bought the fleece from I just used the regular sized needle for my regular sewing with cotton projects, but as fleece is stretchy, it may be better to use stretch/ballpoint needles if you have them.

      • January 2, 2013 - 10:34 am | Permalink

        Thanks so much for your reply and advice. I’m a bit apprehensive about sewing with fleece, I’m not good with normal cotton as it is, but I’ll give it a go one of these days. Thanks again!

  • Pearlyn
    December 24, 2012 - 10:33 pm | Permalink


    May I know where you bought the fleece from?

    • Cotton Candy
      January 2, 2013 - 9:51 am | Permalink

      Hi Pearlyn, I bought the fleece from

  • Melissa
    January 9, 2013 - 3:33 am | Permalink

    Hi, I am such a big fan of your Japanese Sewing Books blog and just found this one. I really enjoy your projects and all of your generous advice, knowledge and patterns that you share. I will be a loyal follower indeed! Thanks for all you do!!

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