I’ve been trying to decide what I might like to make for Valentines this year
It’s a tradition, of sorts, to make something, so I decided to have a look around. It’s pretty straight forward, these days, to find inspiration on places like Pinterest and Instagram. So I started pinning some of my favourites.
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It seems that I’ve had a bit of a run on making pillowcases for my friends. I love giving them as gifts, as they are so easy to make.
With these ones I made for my sister, I’ve used Gutermann fabrics with a touch of pom pom specialness. They go brilliantly with her seaside themed front room. This Gutermann collection has lots of subtle colours which would fit well in any environment.
My friend Fran loves cowboys and loves these pillows too. They are made using the Moda Fabrics Honky-Tonk range.
I have been busy making Christmas presents and thought I would share these ones with you. I have 2 young niece’s to make gifts for , the youngest is 4 and the eldest is 9 so I was delighted to find this FREE pattern from Oliver + S that you can pick up from their blog. The Onstage Tutu skirt. We stock a selection of Oliver + S patterns so it was good to try this one out, the instructions were really clear and by the time I was on my second one I flew through the making of it.
I chose to use some of our spotty Georgette fabrics rather than Tutu fabric, its light weight and sheer so it drapes beautifully;
You could also use voile or cotton lawn, and we have some rather lovely crinoline that would work wonderfully with this pattern too, I just used lining fabric for the main body of the skirt and I love the way you turn it out at the top to form a waist band. You only need a small amount of fabric (basically the length you require + 5 inches) so it was a really cheap, quick and easy make.
Another quick and easy make are scarves, I am making several of these using some of our lush and lightweight crepe fabrics, half a metre is enough for one. All you do is hem all the way around to finish the edges, it’s that easy! And at £2.30 for half a metre another reasonably priced gift!
Have you been making your Christmas presents this year? I would love to know what everybody else is making for their family and friends.
One panel costs £6.75, you can make all sorts of things with it. The squares will make lovely little cushions or you could frame them, or cut them up to make cards. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them! It is my niece Isobels 9th birthday tomorrow so I decided to use 2 panels and make her a quilt. It was so quick and easy to do!
It’s not quite single bed size as I only used 2 panels, I quite like the cute size of it, I used a plain red fabric for the back and red bias binding for the edges, It only took just under a metre of fabric and wadding.
I hand stitched one of the lovely labels to the back to complete the gorgeousness!
I think my niece is going to be delighted! I can’t wait to give it to her!!
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!
A while back I posted a scarf tutorial using a beautiful piece of Amy Butler Voile and pom pom trim.
Since then I have made several more as Christmas presents, these ones are even easier because they have fringe trim which is very simple to attach!
On the TrixieLixie website we have the fabric and fringe trim already packed up into kits for £15, so all you need to do is follow the instructions and make a gorgeous scarf.
This is how it is done: fold the piece of fabric in half, right sides together and sew along the width
Then finish the seam with either a zig-zag stitch, a serger or my favourite – pinking shears
Turn the right way around and then fold the ends under by about 1cm and pin the fringe inside, then sew in place.
And thats it! You’re done, either keep it for yourself or give it as a lovely gift!
Mine are all gifts and I have found (in my stash of things to good to be thrown away) these great boxes to put them in and I am going to decorate them with fabric and trim just like this beautiful box that a friend of mine decorated for me for my birthday (it had wonderful hand made shower gel and body lotion in it that she had also made!)
Thats 3 more Christmas presents sorted, back to the sewing machine to make some more! Happy Sewing!