Just before Christmas, I showed you this pillowcase I had made and used to wrap up one of my presents. I couldn't tell you what was inside, in case the recipient was reading. Well, my Mum did see this post, but didn't know it was for her. Now I can show you what was inside.
Two patchwork cushions for my Mum. I used this tutorial, which I found on The Crafty Christmas Club, by Too Many Pastimes. This was my first time attempting patchwork, so I'm rather pleased with how they turned out, even though the corners don't match perfectly.
Not so long ago, I shortened a tablecloth for Mum. The patterned squares in the cushions are made from the offcuts of that tablecloth. Mum was thrilled that the cushions match her tablecloth. I'm so pleased she likes them.
Here's another two pillowcases I made using the same tutorial that I used to make Mum's pillowcase.
For the purposes of taking a photo, the pillowcases have a pillow inside. For Christmas day, however, I put presents inside the pillowcases. Because they were for children, I also wrapped them in paper. Part of the excitement of opening presents for children, is ripping the paper.
We actually had our Christmas celebration on Boxing Day; the day after Christmas Day. This was so we could all be together on the one day. It was a wonderful day of opening presents, eating way too much food, but most importantly, spending a relaxed and fun day with family.
I have tried to close this post with a paragraph about the different festivals and traditions that people around the world celebrate at this time of year, but nothing has sounded the way I wanted it to. This paragraph has taken longer to write, than the rest of the post. I'll simply close by saying, I hope that you have been able to spend time this month, with the people that are important to you...