Let’s talk about sewing, shall we? Somehow, I forgot to show you some projects for the past few months, and I’m jazzed about a few new ones for the holidays. I keep forgetting to mention it, but I’m joining Tonya and many others in making this a Handmade Holiday. Today, I’ll show you what’s finished, and tomorrow, what’s begun. Last week, while the grandmothers were visiting and I had a burst of pent-up energy from being sick, I cleaned and organized in the sewing room. And guess what? Suddenly I wanted to sew. Magical. Note to self – keep the sewing room clean.
This little piece is from the great One-Yard Wonders. It’s a little car bag that buckles around the head rest and hangs behind a passenger seat, ready to hold trash or anything that doesn’t belong. Then you unbuckle it and bring it inside. I made this last May (I told you it had been a while!), and I really do think it’s fun and useful.
Also from One Yard Wonders, I made this binder cover. I love this fabric – it makes me smile, and I was saving it and saving it, until I finally decided to use it to cover my homeschooling planner binder. This pattern was super simple, and is a really nice way to personalize a binder (this would be a great simple gift, come to think of it!). Here’s the inside:
And the next piece, I showed you a sneak peek of back in August. I made this sweet little bag as a birthday present for my mom, using the Blue Party Bag pattern from Patchwork Style. I love, love this book – if you’ve got scraps, it’s fabulous. The bag came out a little smaller than I expected, but otherwise the pattern was pretty simple. I altered it to use a zipper instead of a magnetic button.
The fabric on the back is from a skirt my mom wore and then handed on to me, and when it finally could be patched no more, I figured this was a great way for it to be reborn.
I’ve saved my favorite for last. Ella joined me at the sewing machine this fall (be still my heart), and this is the first thing we really made together. She learned to iron (very supervised, of course), and she chose the fabric and the ribbon. This is the super-easy, so-cute lazy days skirt from oliver + s.
Happy holiday crafting, everyone!