I know that the holiday season feels to be an age away but for anyone who creates hand made gifts the organised amount us will be already busy stitching. (I know one lady who starts making things in March for December!) I thought I would share this link to a tutorial on how to make a Christmas stocking
One Big tip from me!
If you use this method you will need to prevent the fabric distorting as you embellish use use the sew and flip method as illustrated here but stitch each piece directly to the the pattern. In other words use the pattern as a foundation cloth otherwise as you embellish the stocking the whole lot will stretch out of shape.
It is early in the year to start digging around for hand made gift ideas for Christmas but anyone who makes gifts knows how much energy can go into the process so we have to start early! We can only hope the recipients have a sense of this long thoughtful process too. I start poking about mid year bookmarking possible gift ideas.
Over on the Coats site is a new sewing project that is a quick and easy to make Glove box organiser. The free pattern is an ideal hand made gift, or fundraiser item that can be made for local fetes etc.
This Glove box organiser would look great in a special fabric or contemporary print. The pattern is simple enough to run up a few of these organisers making it ideal pattern to use up fabric scraps or even as part of a stash buster drive to use up old fabric.
So pop over and download the free pattern (it is a pdf file) If you do not have time to make it now, save it for your end of year gift project sewing.
This type of caddy not only looks good but is also very useful. If you have not seen this type of design in use they hang over the arm of a lounge chair with the pockets falling either side of the arm.
If your chair has a very wide arm just add an inch or so to the middle of the pattern and they sit perfectly holding your scissors, needle case, odd threads etc The padded section in the middle you can use as a pin cushion.