As I walk through the house, I see the remains of a lovely Christmas. Needles from the tree are mixed with bits of ribbon from presents opened Christmas morning. I smile as I'm reminded of the look on the faces of those who received handmade gifts from me and I am left wondering why I didn't create more special things this year. I find myself in this place again, promising myself that in the New Year it will be different.
My name is Renee, and I am a quilter, knitter, crafter and lover of all things vintage. My blog is Sewn With Grace and I am so pleased to be with you today. Thank you, Madame Samm, for this opportunity. Stash Manicure is one of the blogs I visit daily to grab some creative fuel. Many wonderful people share great ideas for using up their fabric stash. I always leave feeling inspired.
I am on a mission to sew for Christmas each month in the New Year. I want to give handmade gifts all year long, but especially at Christmas. With blogs like Stash Manicure to inspire, I know this can be done. I certainly can't say that I don't have enough fabric to do so...
Allow me to share with you some of my favorite ways to manicure my stash and create gifts. If you are looking for something less time consuming than a quilt, one easy gift to make is a scarf...
About 1/2 yd. fabric for front of scarf
Scripture fabric at Shabby Fabrics
when you realize how easy that is, you have no choice but to keep going!
Bits of fabric, vintage trim, buttons and an inexpensive composition notebook make for one great journal...
Tiny bits of fabric don't end up wasted when formed into pretty flowers and attached to a $12.99 sweater from T.J. Maxx.
Lots of fabric can be used up to make table runners. How about one for each season? What a fun gift to receive!
With all of the great bag patterns available, who wouldn't love a little "junk" to add to their wardrobe? Especially one in pink!
The Junk Bag by Jackie Clark
pattern at Shabby Fabrics
Once a few of these items are made and tucked into a closet, gift giving will be a snap! Instead of wondering why you didn't do enough next Christmas, you'll be satisfied with the work of your hands and will have given some handmade love to those you care so deeply for. Let's pinkie swear we'll keep Christmas in our hearts and flowing creatively through our fingers in 2011. Blessings!