Last year I don't think I made any handmade gifts because Charlotte was still so young - only 10 months or so and Gregory was barely three. I had my hands full. This year, I have a whole new motivation to crank out the handmade gifts- there's a little bit of pressure (i.e. looming deadline....) but I am enjoying it.
A few weeks ago, I had a Saturday with two holiday parties that included a gift exchange. On the Friday night before, I made these two bow pillows. I was inspired by my friend Annee's blog post here. I did my pillows a bit differently than hers and will be sharing a tutorial soon. The pillows were well received and it was a fun day visiting with friends from BMQG and my church.
I came home with these goodies from the parties: an adorable zip pouch and some pretty fabric.
Later, I made another bow pillow for a friend who's moving, using some of my Jingle leftovers:
Now I am on to doing lots of zip pouches, using this pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. By using some double sided washable tape and this ingenious pattern, these are coming out awesome every time. I had been so intimidated to do these and now I am laughing at myself for being so scared to try it out.
It's also been a great way to use up some of those Moda 2.5" charm packs that I still have after attending quilt market in 2011.
My daughter is loving all the bags I have been making and deserves to have one of her own. My sister did the Elmo cross stitch and I made it into a bag. I regret that I didn't make the handles thinner but I don't think my baby will care.
Even though I have been quite ambitious with gift sewing, I decided to give myself a break and not go crazy for my son's love of pirates. I considered making this doll, but abandoned the idea when I saw I could buy a cute pirate doll for about $2 more than the cost of the pattern alone. I also considered making a pirate themed quilt but quickly realized that he would love a pillowcase just as much, if not more.
I still have lots I want to sew up in time for Christmas but the end is in sight. Linking up with WIP Wednesday: