Saturday, December 26, 2015

Handmade Christmas Gifts for Sister Missionaries

 Again this year, we decided to have the LDS Sister Missionaries over for Christmas.  Being away from my family during holidays is difficult for me, so I seek opportunities to invite others to our home and simply have more company to enjoy.  These young women who choose to serve for 18 months of their young lives don't have it easy, so I decided to do something nice and make them a few things.

I contacted the Sisters to ask them what their favorite colors were.  Sister Copling said she liked purple and green and Sister Sema gave me a unique combination: coral, navy, and gold.  I did my best with what I had in my stash. I made them both 241 totes (pattern by Anna Graham of Noodlehead) and pillowcases.

Here's what I made for Sister Copling:

Sister Sema:

I will admit it was a bit difficult to use some of my favorite Echino fabrics from my stash for the totes but I am really proud of the fabric combinations and had a lot of fun with this pattern.  I went the extra mile with making adjustable straps- I had no idea if they'd prefer to wear the bags across their body or on their shoulder.  Now they have a choice.  I used this YouTube video by Sara Lawson to help me understand how to correctly install the purse hardware.

I have now surpassed using 100 yards from my stash in 2015.  Special blog post coming on that topic.

Total stash fabric used in this post: 5.5 yards
Total stash fabric used since 1/1/15: 98.25 yards
Total stash fabric used to date:  103.75 yards


Stitchified said...

Such a beautiful work, I'm sure they will be enjoyed for years to come! And good for you cutting into your Echino -- I've only managed to do that once, but maybe I'll do it again sometime. Haha :)

Sandra said...

Gorgeous - I really love your fabric choices!

Carie @ Space for the Butterflies said...

What a really sweet way to celebrate with them - and lovely makes :)

Sheri said...

What a nice and generous act of love!!! Beautiful gifts!

Mary Marcotte said...

What a beautiful gesture to invite the sisters over and also to make them gifts--using your favorite fabrics, no less! Agree with Sheri--generous act of love! Happy New Year! said...

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