For Christmas last year, my mother gifted me with a new sewing machine. I've wanted to learn to sew for ages and I decided that this year was the year.
I admit, the machine sat untouched for many months. Then an amazing crafty mama friend told me that the owner of a local indie fabric shop (which sadly has now closed) offered private sewing lessons. So, I signed up.
Even after my first two lessons, my machine sat gathering dust. I'm not quite sure what I was so afraid of. Then, this summer, I decided to make Thea her own little market bag that she could carry during our weekly visit to the farmer's market. In late summer, I got the crazy idea that I would sew a simple quilt for my brother and sister-in-law, who were expecting their second child (a girl!) in mid-November. Then, I started on Thea's Halloween costume. Pretty soon, I couldn't stop sewing.
This fall, I made belated birthday gifts for my dear friend Joriel and her sweet boy, Sagan.
a pieced flannel and corduroy scarf for Joriel
(the scarf is my own design)
a soft corduroy elephant to celebrate Sagan's first birthday
(the elephant pattern is from the sweet little book One Yard Wonders)
So, for the holidays, I decided that I wanted to make as many of our gifts as I possibly could. Addmitedly, I am still stitching away, trying to finish them up (hooray for patient friends and family!). This year, I'll start sewing holiday gifts in the summer months.
Here's a little peek at the gifts given to friends and family:
quilted scarves from Denyse Schmidt's fantastic book
cedar and clove sachets made from vintage fabrics (and handmade ribbon)
(the sachet pattern is from the same Denyse Schmidt book)
I'll have more to share as I continue to finish my holiday projects.
Have a gorgeous Tuesday!