The other night I had a few friends round for Mulled wine & mince pies, we also made some Christmas decorations using Pinterest for inspiration. Here are some pics of our makes;
Don’t you just love Pinterest? Has anyone else been making decorations?
After Christmas I will post some pics of the presents I made for friend and family, I couldn’t make as many of my gifts this year as my wrist injury is still quite painful, hopefully it will be better in the new year as I have a massive pile of fabric and patterns waiting to be made!
I can’t believe that Christmas is almost upon us already (we had our first Christmas card this morning)! So I thought I would share a few gift ideas with you that are available from www.trixielixie.co.uk. Gifts that you could make or just give as kits (or add to your own list for Santa)
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We have some gorgeous fat quarter packs in a huge range of fabrics, colour coordinated and ready for you to make into quilts etc. We also have some fab Christmas fabrics which are great for making stockings, pyjamas and decorations.
We also have a selection of jelly rolls, charm packs, sewing accessories and buttons, some of which we have put together in pretty tins and bags so that they can be given as gifts.
And we also have a great selection of sewing kits that you can use to make gifts for your friends and family, why not try making a gorgeous pair of knickers, a scarf or a purse. If you don’t have time to make up the kit yourself you can just give the kit as the gift.
I hope this will give everybody a bit of inspiration for Christmas, I love to give handmade gifts and if I can’t make them all myself I do like to buy handmade whenever I can.
I also made some quilted pot holders, these were made using 18 x 18cm square pieces of fabric with the edges curved, a piece of wadding sandwiched in the middle and then the edges finished with bias binding.
I can see myself using this fabric for a lot of my Christmas gift making this year.
I am never sure how early I shoud start talking about Christmas, some people I know like to get all their planning & preperation done by October! Others leave it until the last minute! Either way I am going to start suggesting some gift idea’s and sharing some great tutorials for making your own presents. I have a large family & I like to make as many gifts myself as I can.
So my first gift suggestion is a tea towel! But not just an ordinary tea towel! It is also a kit to make a cushion, so you have the option to give the tea towel as the gift or to make it into the cushion and give that as a gift!
They are designed by Sarah Young a Painter, Printmaker, Illustrator and maker. Her work is often narrative, inspired by and referencing, myth, folk tales, circus and burlesque imagery. The tea towels are cotton, screen printed, and they can be cut, sewn and stuffed to make lovely toys or cushions, or fill with sand, pulses/grains to make a doorstop; Or simply keep as a lovely bright tea towel for your kitchen.
They are very easy to make up, you just need toy stuffing or they make goreous tea towels
At number 3 are the Scarves that I made, these are available as kits from the TrixieLixie website and will make great Mothers day gifts!
At number2 are the little coin purses also available as kits which have proved very popular on the website, they make a great gift as you can put a bit of cash in them or a lot of cash if it is the main present!
At number 1 and always a firm favourite with all my friends and family as they say they are really comfortable! It’s my KNICKERS of course! These kits are absolutely the best seller on the TrixieLixie website and judging by the amount of knicker elastic we sold, quite a few pairs of knickers were made as gifts this year!
The new Gingham knicker kits have been really popular this year, I love making knickers and creating new fabric and elastic combinations, watch this space for new kits coming soon!
There is 10% off everything on the website until 10th January 2014
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and my warmest wishes for the New Year!