What gifts are you sewing this holiday season? That’s the question I posed earlier this month, via this blog, Facebook, and Pinterest. The responses to the question ranged from practical to clever. Enjoy the selected responses, plus a spotlight on one of my followers.
What gifts are you sewing this holiday season?
It’s absolutely wonderful how you are creating handmade gifts. There are so many small sewn items to make. I love your ingenuity and enjoy those gifts that are personalized with embroidery. Hopefully, sharing your answers today won’t spoil any big holiday surprises!
One of the more popular items to sew this season is the microwave safe bowl. You can find a pattern and kit at Nancy’s Notions.
Here’s what you are saying:
“I’m working hard to make quilts for all 6 grandchildren, and 2 throws for adults. So far I’ve gotten 1 done and 3 tops finished…almost half done. Oh yes, I’m also making pillowcases to go with each of the kids’ quilts. Needless to say, I have a very tolerant hubby who sees me every once in a while.”—Jacque Horner, Cottage Grove, MN
“I have 12 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. My goal is to make a crib quilt for each of the great-grandchildren and a queen size for each grandchild. I’ve completed all but two of the crib quilts but only 5 of the queen size quilts. I’ve signed up for two quilt retreats in October, so I’m going to be working on two of the queen size quilts that I have completed the blocks for. I really like to sew for the ones I love!”—Mary Joan Talbott, Powell, WY
“I am sewing at least one quilt, 5 farm sets, 5 nativity sets, Christmas decorations, sewing room decorations, mug rugs, small wall quilts, and some hobby horses. ”—Sarah Jackson, Gracieville, FL
“This year I plan to sew 25 pair of pajama pants for grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.”—Dottie Joyner, Delta, OH
“So far this season I am making mug rugs with my embroidery machine. My husband and I have 10 grandchildren and I am making each of them a personalized piece with their name and a design that represents their interests, such as sports, dance, music, and etc.”—Marsha Lamberth, Clarksville, TN
Something for Everyone
“I’m making BBQ tool caddies for my sons. I’m making microwave bowls for my daughter-in-laws and all the grand kids are getting a pillow.”—Erma Waulk, Marengo, OH
“I start Christmas sewing early in the year. I have eleven pillowcases in character fabrics (e.g., Spiderman, Dr. Who) for family, flannel nightshirts or gowns for the girls, flannel PJ bottoms for the boys and adults, and big shopping totes in duck for the moms. In the past I have made hand embroidered yokes for my granddaughters’ nightgowns. I made slippers one year for the whole crew, but the flannel PJ bottoms seem to be a favorite, as are the custom pillowcases—nice when there are kids! I do all this in between sewing Little Dresses for Africa, inspired by your blog, with my own pattern alterations. Just mailed off another 32 dresses last week.”—Susan Sweet, Richmond, CA
Sewing Non-Gift Gifts
“I’m using my scrap fabrics to make gift sacks instead of wrapping paper, because buying the right size box is much more expensive. Plus, you can monogram, embroider, or add fun ties to make the sacks extra special.”—Arlene Burger, Newmanstown, PA
Recycled Sewing Item Gifts
“This year I’m making wooden spool Christmas ornaments.”—Kathleen Davies, Hillburn, NY
Fantastic and Functional
“After visiting my mom in a Florida nursing home, I saw a need for tote bags to be used on walkers and wheelchairs, big bibs to spare tops from spills, and smaller bags to fill with goodies for her to give to her friends. These gifts can also be given to the staff that helps my mom. ”—Harriet Wetherell, Plano, TX
“I will be using ripstop fabric to sew grocery totes and sandwich bags. In Los Angeles County, if you forget your grocery bags, you have to pay for plastic ones. It’s one way of encouraging people to be “green.” I am also trying to do away with my family’s use of plastic wrap, hence my desire to use homemade sandwich bags for family (grandchildren’s school lunches)…every little bit helps.”—Francine Beougher, Whititer, CA
Such a Doll
“With five granddaughters and 2 great granddaughters, I will be sewing lots of doll clothes from baby doll to American Girl dolls.”—Sheila Rolfe, Ona, WV
October’s Reader Spotlight:
Sandra Roe’s Answer
“I made throw pillows and stuffed fish from a quilt that was made by my mother-in-law. It was started in 1931 and finished in 1975 so it was pretty worn out. The pillows are for my daughters and the fish are for my granddaughters. I also made insulated lunch bags for my five great-grandchildren. Last year I made my daughters and granddaughters padded picture frames from my wedding dress. I included a picture of myself and my late husband cutting our wedding cake.”—Sandra Roe, Clearwater, FL
November Share Your Insight Question
November Question: What quilting/sewing step is the most frustrating?
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