3 Projects to Beat the Wintertime Blues

Right now, it is 23 degrees, windy and very grey outdoors.  Even if I wanted to go outdoors and do a little work on Peggy Sue, it is too cold.  While we are going to be taking her to the dealership for our new canvas to be installed, that is as much as we are going to do to her during this month.  I'm hoping for some warmer winter weather in February.  Sometimes in Mississippi, that happens.  I can dream about and wish for it.  But while I wait, there are some projects that can be done indoors while dreaming of the smells of an evening campfire.

I like to get out my machine and do some sewing.  It is one of my favorite ways to pass a long, cold winter day.  But maybe sewing isn't your jam.  Today I'm sharing 3 projects that you can do to beat the wintertime blues plus some bonus ideas to keep you busy!

Make Camping Inspired Napkins

In December, I featured some camping themed napkins.  Don't be intimated if you are a beginning seamstress.  These are simple napkins that turn out professionally.  You can make them with or without the rick rack trim.  It depends on the look you are going for!

Decorative Throw Pillows

If you want to dress up your camper this next year, throw pillows pack a big punch in a small space.  With so many fun camping themed fabrics out there, you can easily obtain a customized look.  I used the leftover fabric from the curtains and cushions in our camper and ended up with pillows that completed our interior look.

Recycled Canisters

So you aren't someone who likes to sew?  Look for ways to recycle containers from around your home for canisters in your camper.  I made these with peanut butter jars.  You could do this project with plastic coffee cans and other containers with lids.

Be sure to check around at department stores for camping themed decorative items.  Hobby Lobby has quite a few camping themed items right now.  I bought a set of little camper salt and pepper shakers and a tray recently for 40% off.

Camper salt and pepper shakers from Hobby Lobby.

While you are at it, look for camping themed fabrics on sale for projects.  I purchased some camping flannel at JoAnn Fabrics on sale for less than $4 a yard this fall and have plans for pajama pants for my son and husband.  There seems to be an abundance of camping themed everything right now!

Camping flannel from JoAnn fabrics.

If you are still looking for camping project inspiration, visit my Projects Page.  I update this page often.  And for non-crafters, you can do some practical things with your time that require no glue guns or or fabric!
  • Look for scavenger hunts and other games that you can print or purchase to have ready for camping season.  I have a Pinterest Page just for Camping with Kids if you are looking for games and activity ideas.  
  • Make a Chatbook from your camping pictures last year.
  • Collect lint and cardboard toilet paper inserts to make fire starters for the next year.
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