I know that some of you live in climes where you aren't especially concerned with staying warm in mid-January. Unfortunately, our family isn't so lucky! So I decided to share one of the Christmas gifts I gave Tony this year...it's warm, soft and perfect for cuddling under while we watch movies! Plus, it is a way to use jeans with holes in them that may otherwise be thrown away.
I saved all of my family's jeans in a special corner of my craft area, and when I had about 20 assorted pairs, I cut them all into 6 1/2" squares with my rotary cutter. Then, I also cut 6 1/2" squares of a soft, blue flannel. I then put wrong sides together and stitched with jean-colored thread from corner to corner, creating an "x" on each square. Then, place flannel side to flannel side and stitch together 1/4" from edge. When you have completed the body of the quilt, stitch 1/4" all around the outside of the quilt. Then clip all the thicknesses of seams and wash and dry to fray the edges. No finishing, no binding...the perfect quilting project! I loved putting the labels and even entire pockets from my kids' jeans into the quilt. Tony LOVES it.
And for all you hot cocoa lovers, a favorite!
White Chocolate Cocoa Mix
1 tsp. vanilla powder
1 tsp. dried orange zest
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Mix ingredients together well and store in an airtight container or canning jar. To make, heat 1 1/2 cups milk in a saucepan, then blend in 1/4 cup cocoa mix until the chocolate chips melt. It's worth the effort! Makes 2 servings. You CAN substitute French Vanilla Coffee Mate powdered creamer for the vanilla powder, but it is worth a trip to a specialty cooking store to find the vanilla powder.
For more great ideas, check out Scribbit's Winter Bazaar!