I do so love giving handmade gifts. They always seem to go down well with the recipients and I like making them. This year, however, I'm hoping to avoid the last minute rush of 2014.
And so I've finished present number one - an open wide zippered pouch. Noodlehead's tutorial is straight forward and results in a pouch that, as the name implies, opens wide. I do like the method of adding the zip - there's no bumpy corners.
I changed the dimensions, cutting the fabric 8" square - taller and narrower than the original. I also made the boxed corners smaller at 2". This results in a pouch that is 6.5" x 6.5" x 2". For structure, I added Vilene H640 fusible fleece, which makes for a very soft pouch that can stand by itself.
This is my second open wide zippered pouch. The first was made with crazy patchwork, giving quite a different look. The fabric I've used this time is from Spoonflower; Felt Houses, by Julia Monroe. The story behind the fabric is fascinating.
My aim is to pace myself throughout the year. To help with motivation, I'm aiming to join in with Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew throughout the year. Each month there will be...
- a link party where everyone can add their Christmas makes
- guest hosts with a tutorial for a Christmas / holiday-themed gift or home decoration item
There'll also be giveaways throughout the year.
To start the series, Fiona, from Celtic Thistle Stitches, has written a tutorial for a fabulous quilted Christmas cushion. Next month it will be my turn, but you'll have to wait till February to see what I'll be making next.
What do you think - are we keen, super organised or just plain crazy, sewing for Christmas in January?
If you want to get a head start on your 2015 festive sewing, join us over at Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew.
This month's giveaway prize is this lovely Christmas Felt Bundle from Sarah at Pocket & Pin -->>