Darlene’s Thread: Handsewn Holiday Gift Ideas from Darlene Cahill
Why sew holiday gifts this year? They can’t eat it, drink it, or spray it, and it won’t wilt or die.
When you think back on past holidays, which gifts do you remember the most? Every time I’ve received a handsewn present (I can remember three), it moves me to tears. It speaks volumes when someone cares enough to take the time to plan, purchase, cut, sew and finish a gift with you in mind. So why not consider stitching up your gift list this year? They don’t have to be runway perfect, or designer originals, because it’s a token of affection.
Just keep it simple. For example: A fast and easy gift could be to customize purchased pillowcases, baby bibs or kitchen and bath towels with embroidery. If you have a bit more time, a simple apron, a dog blanket, grocery totes, customized wine bags or hanger covers will certainly bring a warm smile. How about a custom eyeglass case to accompany those great sunglasses? Or you could make a unique bookmark to go with the latest best seller.
Personally I think that placemats/napkins are always in good taste–as long as you know their color scheme–since you can never have too many place settings. Remember that your recipient will cherish your gift, and the sentiments that it represents for years to come.
Here’s another great giftable project idea for a stylish friend, a fashion flower accessory:
I came across this versatile fashion find while on a walking excursion through the bustling outdoor marketplace in charming Split Croatia a few weeks ago. It’s easy to make, and can add color and a feminine flair while cinching the waistline of your little black dress. It can also adorn your neckline as a flirty choker, wrap around your head as a headband, or incorporate it into a hairstyle. Any way you tie it, you’re sure to get a few compliments…and a few orders once they find out that you made it yourself! Here’s all you have to do:
- 1/4 yd. vinyl
- Matching thread
- One piece of paper to make a pattern
- To make the paper patterns: Draw the outer flower piece 3 3/4″ on the bottom width and 2″ high with rounded corners
- Draw the inner flower piece 3″ on the bottom and 1 1/2″ high with rounded corners
- Draw a 2 1/2″ 5 petal flower with a 1/4″ hole in the center
- Draw a 1 3/4″ 5 petal flower with a 1/4″ hole in the center
- Draw a 2″ circle with a 1/4″ hole in the center
- Trace on fabric wrong side and cut out 5 of #1, 5 of #2, 2 of #3, 1 of #4, 1 of #5
- Cut two strips 3/4″ x 50″ in length. You will have to piece the two pieces together
- Fold both long strip sides in and topstitch close to the edge. Use a teflon foot if you have one.
- Fold the five large petals and stitch to the outside of the circle
- Fold the five smaller petals and stitch just inside the larger ones onto the circle
- Fold the long strip in half and stuff through the backs of the following in this order: the circle with sewn petals, two large flowers and one smaller flower . Knot the folded edge to anchor.
- Knot the remaining long sewn strip ends. Wasn’t that an easy assembly with little sewing?
- You can make these flowers in leather or felt too!
Catch me on air December 6th at 5 A.M. and 5 P.M., and December 7th at 6 A.M. w/ SINGER.
In my January blog, I’ll include some photos of fabulous fabric store finds in Portugal and fashions from Barcelona. Set your DVR to join me on January 10th for another exciting SINGER Today’s Special!
See you then!
Warmest wishes for a joyous Christmas and a very Happy Hanukah,
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