Now that Christmas is over, I'll show you what I did make for gifts. What's incredible is
- all my handmade gifts fit into one post (and the previous RD2 one)
- it was one week before Christmas and I was taking photos outdoors. In Minnesota!!!!!!!!!
How crazy is that?
You've all seen Erin's brilliant little circular earbud pouch, right? I fell in love with its shape immediately upon seeing it. And in spite of imposing a sewing ban on myself this entire Christmas/advent (did you notice?), I decided that these would be a happy exception - they were round, they were simple and they were the cutest things I'd seen in a long time. And fast. I finished all of them in two days, from cutting to hand-stitching the vinyl, to snipping of the last threads.
Look- it's the designer gallery of fame -
Jessica Jones, Heather Ross and Amy Butler,
bookended by the peerless Orla.
Those were for the girls.
The boys had all the fun stuff this year!
Faux leather aka vinyl
(the topstitching had to be done by hand)
I've been dying to sew with neoprene.
The naysayers were right, though - neoprene isn't friendly. I needed a roller foot for this thickness of neoprene (4mm), which I didn't have, of course. So I made my serger do the dirty work. And I'm still not satisfied. Maybe in the new year I'll work on my neoprene-with-home-sewing-machine technique a bit more. Or buy myself an industrial machine. I've been coveting one for a very long time.
I kept this one, and gave the rest away.
Two other gifts - some tea towels trimmed with ribbon, from the kids to their teachers and grandparents. This idea came from here.
It's a great gift idea, not only because it is infinitely practical, but even the kids could sew them. Emily and Jenna picked their ribbons and sewed theirs, and I sewed Kate's (she picked her ribbons).
The tea towels were accompanied by these homemade cookies, blogged about here.
I am happy to say that once sewing sanctions are lifted in chez ikatbag, I might finally start some real sewing! Like a qipao top for the Chinese New Year! With those frog buttons that are half-made (as is almost everything around here). Hope your Christmas was lovely and restful!