I’ve learned something about myself, in December. I CAN’T do EVERYTHING. Can you imagine!??!!! It seems like the month only just began and yet, it is speeding past at the speed of light and the list of all I had planned to accomplish will have to be abbreviated, somewhat. The other thing I have learned is, “That’s okay!” I think that this may well be the most relaxed and enjoyed holiday season I have had, in recent memory. I’m not harried and worried and fretting and fussing. It’s okay if there are no ornaments on the south side of the tree and I didn’t get ALL of my holiday decor unpacked, this year. I have all my people near, I’ve made gingerbread with the girls and tonight we’ll be doing some serious holiday baking. I’m not quite done shopping, yet, but what a wrapping party we’ll have in a day or two. It’s all good. The Lord has used the last couple of years to really drive home to me that “stuff” doesn’t matter and I am blessed to finally know a peace that most certainly does not come from me. I hope you, too, are experiencing His amazing love and peace as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our King and Savior!
The cool thing is that even though I can’t do EVERYTHING, I can still do some cool things and enjoy the process, a lot more. So, I wanted to share two of my recent projects. They would both be great, frugal and wonderfully personal gifts for someone on your Christmas list or a wonderful treat for you — one for relaxing and the other, a place to keep all the cash you’re saving making your holiday a homemade one.
Let me preface their descriptions with the reality of something else I have discovered I cannot do — take step-by-step pictures of sewing projects. I’m just no good at it. The lighting is wrong or I forget to stop and snap pictures of steps until I’m almost finished. So, rather than tutorials, these will be more like words of encouragement that you really CAN do this, too and ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
My first project, is a new bathrobe for our nine-year-old. She had a birthday, the day before Thanksgiving and a robe was something she had requested. This time of year, adult bathrobes are easy to find, but ones in children’s sizes are not as available. I decided to make her one. A VERY simple pattern and some soft, pink fleece with dancing butterflies and I was set.
This was an “all day” project in the sense that I worked on it off and on over the whole day. If families didn’t require occasional meals, clean laundry and rides here, there and yonder, it would have probably been 3 or 4 hours of straight-through sewing. It went together pretty easily and turned out cute, if I do say so myself. 🙂
Our daughter was so happy with the gift and I forgot to get a picture of her in it, that first day. She graciously donned it this afternoon so I could snap a quick photo. I didn’t realize until she was already off playing that we hadn’t been very particular about getting it on straight and making it a good snapshot, but you get the idea. She loves it and it’s snuggily; and contrary to how it appears in the picture the hem is 100% straight and both sides of the collar do fold down.
My second project is an altered version of a pattern I found online for free! Over on The Boy Trifecta blog, I was reading about a purse she fell in love with at Anthropologie, but got sticker-shock from. She set about creating her own pattern. I downloaded her pattern, but I think the proportions printed a little differently on my printer. I trimmed it down a bit, added two pockets on the inside and used her embellishment instructions as a guide to create a similar and yet, unique purse for myself. I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. This was done over the course of about 3 hours, on Saturday.
Both of these sewing projects would be received-with-a-smile, personal and unique gifts for someone on your Christmas list. I hope you will brave some new project for the holidays. I truly am not someone who is a great seamstress. I know the basics, that’s it; and I am actually very happy with the way these two items turned out. You can definitely get a project completed before Christmas. Dig through your scrap bag, invest a little time, save a lot of money and come up with something great!
I still have a little sewing left to do, before Christmas, and will hopefully get a couple pictures up for you. In the meantime, check out these links to some fun project ideas I have found online.
Sew, Mama, Sew – This site is fabulous for someone just learning to sew. She has lots of free tutorials and tips, plus ideas and patterns for simple projects.
Sew Take a Hike – another purse pattern and tutorial.
Sew 4 Home – I love this blog! They have so many great ideas and lots of tutorials, plus free patterns and instructions. This particular one is for cute Bistro Napkins.
Sew 4 Home (Table Linens Menu) – Complete instructions for placemats, coasters, tablecloths and napkins. I could get lost in this site. There is so much to give a person ideas.
Hope you’re inspired to keep plugging away at your homemade holiday. There are still so many good recipes and projects I hope I can share. I’m going to try and wrap up all the giveaways by next Sunday, until after the first of the year, so that I can focus on my own holiday preparations and sharing ideas and yummy food with you, right up until time for your celebration.
Be warm and have a blessing-filled Monday!