sewing for Christmas

Christmas makes 2013Sometimes I think the meaning of Christmas has been completely lost and it becomes a very stressful and expensive time.  We often forget that spending time with the people we love is more important than the cost of the gift.  Just sharing laughter, exchanging small gifts with friends and family including the dreaded MIL/Great aunt or oily cousin (yep we all have one or the other) is as fun.  Now its November I thought I would pull together some brilliant makes, tutorials and gift ideas to create – sewing, quilting or some fun messy crafts to inspire me this year.  This week I thought I’d go with a theme of gifts for ladies (MIL, sisters, aunts, work colleagues, school teachers).

mosaicleather tote bag tutorial Leather tote bag tutorial. A perfect all round bag and I found some brilliant pleather at Fabrics Galore.

padded coat hangers tutorial Padded coat hanger.  Perfect in a toile or bright fun fabrics.

oil cloth wash bag oilcloth wash bag.  There are some brilliant oilcloths & water proof fabrics around.

homemade bath saltsHomemade bath salts, in fabulous vintage bottles.

quilted basketquilted basket.  Perfect for recycling older damaged quilts.

Zippered pouches little make up bags.

ds quilts tote bag fantastic tote.  Would make a trip to the super market so much brighter!

tote bag tutorialshopping tote bag.

coin purse tutorialcoin purse.

sunglass case tutorialsunglasses or reading glasses case.

sania-pell-floral-broochfloral brooch.


amy butler weekender travel bagAmy Butler travel bag.

wash bag tutorialwash bag.

laundry bag tutoriallaundry bag.

knitpom pom scarf.