As seamstresses, we have the ability to give some really awesome gifts! Recently, we gave some handmade gifts for some dear friends, and made a little something for ourselves too! There’s nothing quite like saying I love you with a handmade gift.
A friend was having a birthday, and so we made her a bag. We used the free Arabesque bag pattern from Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness. It was really simple to sew with great directions. The main fabric is a checked silk fabric from the stash.
In this photo, you can see a black pleather bottom of the bag. I got the idea to add it after the bag was already made, but it sort of skewed the whole thing, so I took it off. Next time I’ll add the pleather before sewing the bag! Our friend loves it and felt very loved when we gave her this handmade birthday gift!
We also sewed up another Uptown Downtown dress by Sew Straight and Gather as a gift for a cousin. (This is the second time we’ve gifted a dress from this pattern!) This dress is the perfect gift because it has classy lines but is made from super comfortable knit fabric. (This is our favorite knit fabric ever as evidenced by how many colors we’ve sewn up: purple, blue, orange, gray, teal, and now pink!)
Recently, we made our favorite Jocole skirt and gave it as a gift. When Grandma flew in for a visit, her luggage was lost for a day, and so of course we whipped up a Jocole Yoga A-line Maxi skirt for her to wear! We got this fabric in a Girl Charlee Bargain lot, and used it on Annie’s Asymmetrical Jacket. I’m not sure who was more thrilled with the matching clothing, Annie or her Grandma!! This is the 7th time we’ve sewn this skirt pattern, and we’re not planning on stopping anytime soon…
For ourselves, we made the DIY Mix ‘Em Up Animal Spools. Now we do a lot of sewing, and go through a lot of thread! As soon as I saw this DIY project over on Handmade Charlotte, I started saving my empty thread spools. Pretty soon I had enough to make a whole family of thread animals!
If you don’t sew, or don’t want to wait that long, you can purchase these similar wooden spools on Amazon: Darice 9146-58 Big Value Unfinished Wood Natural Cutout, Spool
We shrunk the free animal templates down to fit the smallest spools, and only used one on the really skinny spools.
We all played with these little cuties for quite a while! And we are sure to pull them out for the youngest to play with when we have some sewing we want to get done! What do you like to give for handmade gifts? What handmade gifts have you received recently?