Handmade Giving Gift Guide with Sara
We are so excited to have Sara Sunderlin on the blog today! She's got great gifts ideas to share - and there is still time to make them! Here's Sara! Sara: Ever wish you had a sewing clone about this time of the year? Maybe a Santa’s helper elf that could work at night completing projects while you slept? I always have grand plans for Handmade Giving in October when I start the very long list. I love making gifts and most specifically I LOVE mass production of gifts. Like so many things, my ideas are much, much bigger than my reality can tolerate. This year I worked a little faster so I wasn’t finishing sewing on Christmas Eve – been there, done that! At the time of this writing I only have one more project left and am planning to make only one of that item. MT pattern. I love this pattern and find it very useful bag. I alter it slightly: I increase the size of the bag to accommodate a metal zipper; put a small piece of fabric on either end of the zipper so the corners turn square and add small box corners to give the pouch more room to hold a calendar or planner. This pattern is definitely a go to favorite to make and to use. the tutorial found here. I usually cut out a dozen at a time and keep them on hand all year. They are perfect to give a gift card and a thank you note. It’s a fun way to use up some small pieces of those favorite fabrics in my stash. I have this snap set (affiliate link), and love it!! Pillow Covers and Spares This year I made a couple sets of pillow covers. The pillow forms at M+T are the BEST. If that awesome pillow form is covered with that comfy flannel it’s a sure hit. This year I had the idea to make a holiday pillow and a spare cover for another time of the year. One set has two flannel covers and the large one is a flannel and a canvas cover. These pillows are favorites at my house. Reusable gift bags I have to admit I was a little obsessed with the Reusable Gift Bag kits at the store this fall. I made some for fall and some for winter – birthday ones are in the works as well. In the Christmas set I made 8 of them at one time. They go together so quickly – all eight were sewn in the time it took to listen to one good Christmas movie. You can find the free pattern here. Crimson & Clover Train Cases pattern by Sew Sweetness. I had looked at this pattern for quite some time. These were a special request for a client who has a granddaughter that is a huge fan of hedgehogs so this fabric from Cotton + Steel was perfect. This pattern is definitely not for the first time sewist, but the instructions are well written and it fits together perfectly. It’s not a project to start on Christmas Eve. The inside of each bag has a series of pockets to store treasures in. I will definitely make this again, but not before Christmas! Stack It Table Runner & Placemats: I bought a fat quarter bundle of this adorable Christmas fabric to make the Stack It Table Runner, but made more blocks than I needed and made two placemats too! I'm gifting the placemats, but the table runner is all for me! All three came together in no time!
I wear a lot of neutrals, so I love adding a pop of blue into my wardrobe.Sew you wanna know how much time it's going to take? 30 minutes - talk about fast fashion!
I fell in love with the lucky charms collection and the machi prints as soon as I saw them.Tips to avoid the dreaded seam ripper: -It may seem counter-intuitive to sew the length of the two rows of fat quarters in Step 2 - but trust the tutorial :) -Have fun and use some awesome prints for your cowl or cowls! Grab the pattern HERE!