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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sewing for Christmas 2011



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...


or several!


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!

57 comments:

  1. Wow! What great ideas. I love the scarves! I agree that Christmas can be much less stressful if we make items all along the year.

    I'm with you--pinkie is out and waiting!

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  2. Love the 'junk' bag! Great ideas. Thanks!

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  3. Pinkie promise :) Love the junk bag ... love the ambition to sew for Christmas once each month. Will have to find another stash cupboard to put away the Christmas presents so I don't use them for birthdays throughout the year ... oh man! ;) Happiest New Year wishes to you! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Renee...I love your ideas! I always wish I had given more handmade gifts...no matter how many I make/give. I need to start earlier in the year, and your posts will be a great reminder to me!

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  5. What a great idea, what to do with the want to make it .......thanks so much for sharing.

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  6. A table runner for all seasons and holidays..what an idea! Thanks..and love your pictures...

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  7. LOVE the scarves and notebooks. I should make this one of my goals for 2011 - make gifts throughout the year. I didn't get to all I wanted to for my daughter and friends so I really should start on those NOW! Wallets, purses, scarves, belts, little zip bags. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  8. Great ideas.... I especially like the 'junk' bag.... hubz always thinks I have too much 'junk' in my bag....
    Hugz

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  9. Beautiful creations - a good idea :)

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  10. Great ideas. Is there a pattern for the scarf?

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  11. I make my Christmas gifts year round as I want my "seasonal life" with as little stress as possible - I want to enjoy the time with friends and family. And small projects are easier made in multiples, than a single item. Love the "Junk" bag - too cute! Thank you for sharing with us today.

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  12. Good Morning Renee,some lovely ideas to ponder, some unique gifts you created will no doubt put smiles on all of those in receipt.Would love to hear about all the ones you will be creating this year to put under that lovely tree...
    Wrap yourself all up this morning, you brought many smiles.

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  13. Love your ideas. You took the words right out of my mouth - sew for Christmas all year long - that is what I am going to be trying to do this year. Love the junk Bag and love the table runners - good luck with your sewing plans and Happy Stitching New Year!

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  14. Some great ideas there...If I start in January I just might have everything made in time for Christmas!

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  15. Hi - Thanks for the tips. I love that junk bag idea! And the cute flowers on the sweater. Have a great New Year!

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  16. Those are some great ideas! I already thought about sewing one thing each month myself. I know then there would be no stress in getting it finished!

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  17. Ha ha, I don't make New Year's resolutions but I think a goal to aim for in 2011 is to not have the crazy Christmas gift making mania about 6 weeks before the day!

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  18. You have inspired me!!! Truly, you have! Scarves, bags, why don't I think of that stuff? Duh! I must write those ideas down before I forget. Thank you!

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  19. Love the idea of starting now for next year! I usually start my shopping in Spring/Summer so it's easier on the budget and I can be done by Thanksgiving so I can actually enjoy the Holidays. I didn't do that this year and have been kicking myself ever since. I think I'll pull out my patterns tonight and start planning for the new year - thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  20. I love the idea of making table runners for the seasons. I am adding it to my list so they will be ready for Christmas :)

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  21. Hi Renee!
    I LOVE your sweater embellishment! Beautiful. And I love your idea of making something each month for Christmas and stashing it away. Great way to reduce stress :-)

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  22. I love the composition book covers! So pretty and they look simple & quick. Now I'm off to visit your blog & then I may have to get busy making book covers. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Wow your are full of gorgeous ideas! The scripture scarves are adorable and the sweater flowers...lovely! Thank you for sharing and inspiring me to make all year long...I always say that is what I am going to do, but doing is another thing LOL

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  24. I love the idea of sewing for Christmas year round. How do you remember what you made to give and where you hid it???

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  25. Thanks for the great ideas...sewing for Christmas year round has long been a plan of mine...could this be there year I put it in to practice? The junk bag is a hoot!!!

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  26. Such great ideas! I am also planning to start making Christmas gifts all year in 2011. Let's hope we can keep this resolution!

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  27. Thank you for such a lovely post, Renee. I think I'm going to put some monthly 'reminders' on my sewing room calendar to keep these gifting goals in mind.

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  29. Lovely ideas thanks for sharing them. I wish you and all at Stash Manicure a Happy 2011 from Ireland

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  30. Such great ideas - thank you for sharing. I love the journal covers. Is there a pattern or tutorial for them.

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  31. Great ideas! I keep telling myself to do the same thing. I have unfinished Christmas gifts from a couple years ago and including last year! So a good goal for me is to work on those this year and get them finished for next Christmas! Thanks for the inspiration!

    ~Linnea

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  32. What a great idea...and great projects! I'm still finishing gifts I thought I'd be done with! I also keep putting up the same Christmas quilt because it's the only one completely finished. I told myself (I didn't answer back so I guess that's a good thing!) I would finish a couple of others in the works so this time next year I can look at something different! Dare I pinkie swear?

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  33. Love your ideal, wonderful, I also like to make some of my sewing craft for gifts.Love the scarves and the book cover. Have a Bless day!

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  34. I made one fabric scarf this past year and now I'm wondering why I didn't make more. Yours are lovely. Is that your tree at the top? I want (need) to know about the garlands on it!

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  35. I love your ideas...wonderful. My dd has been making Bible covers and they are beautiful. I think I'll take up your idea and start making Christmas gifts each month. I do make gifts, yet I always seem to wait until late fall. Much smarter to do it your way.

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  36. All great ideas, but I really love those scarves. I, too, plan to work on something each month next year.

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  37. Two Pinkie Promises here! I love making and giving hand-made gifts - so much so that the week before Christmas is always a blur for me due to staying up late at night to get things finished! I'm going to try your approach this year and try to make something every month for Christmas gifts...sounds so much smarter than what I usually do! Happy New Year! xo, Nan

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  38. I really, really love that scarf and can I please have the dimensions? :) Yesterday I went shopping and looked at scarves and the prices!!! Oh my, well needless to say I came home without one. Now's when I wish I could knit. But I love the fabric ones too. And that cabinet you have fabric in is to die for - love it! blessings, marlene

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  39. Great ideas. I love the hot pad.

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  40. That's a wonderfully fabulous idea...to make at least one Christmas gift per month in 2011. Sure beats trying to do it all at the last minute before Christmas. And what great ideas you've shared. Thaks so much for the inspiration!

    XOXO,

    Cyndi

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  41. I love it!!! This from the girl who couldn't finish all the gifts this Christmas. Hey, I was behind, then I had surgery! LOL.

    I like this idea MUCH MUCH better, sewing all year long!

    glen

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  42. When one Christmas passes, I am always thinking of the next Christmas. :-) My family is finally used to the fact that Mom = Christmas in our house. :-) And, yes, Christmas all year long has been my mantra for years. In fact, a couple years ago, I decided to keep a tree up all year long in my dining room. Just a little one but I didn't want that sense of peace and joy that comes with Christmas to be boxed and put in a closet. It is a special time of the year for sure. :-)

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  43. All wonderful ideas! I love your fabric cabinet too!
    Lola

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  44. I love the sweater. So precious!

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  45. Renee, Thank you for the informative guest post. I like the ideas for the scarf and "junk bag". Your fabric cabinet looks so neat and colorful too - like a well manicured stash. Happy New Year.

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  46. Wow Renee what an inspirational post! I love your Journals and the Junk bag just brings all sorts of idea's flowing for 2011. Note to self - start now, I've got my pinkie at the ready for a great head start. Thanks for reminding :)

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  47. What a great post. I love the gift ideas you have shared. I definitely need to start earlier on my gift making. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!!!

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  48. Great ideas. Just realize that I should start Christmas gift making now for next year

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  49. Wow, so many great ideas. Thank you for sharing them.

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  50. What a great idea! I love what you did with the sweater. So pretty!

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  51. I love the 'junk' bag! So cute!

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  52. Hi Renee, I just read your blog then came over to Stash to find you again...I like Cindy above LOVE your JUNK bag - perfect!
    Valerie
    http://www.PastimesOnline.ca/Vals-Quilting/

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  53. Wonderful post Renee! Love your blog too! I pinky swear.

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  54. Oh Renee, like Cindy, dare I pinkie swear??? I always have the best of intentions....and then...well, you know. But if I read your blog on a regular basis perhaps the accountability factor will spur me on past the initial excitment of the new Year's resolution. The table runners are a very good idea and one in which I could use year round...not just at Christmas. But that little sweater????OH...MY...GOSH...I LOVE IT, I WANT IT, I ADORE IT..SEW GIRLY!! Just my cuppa Tea. Renee! Thanks for a wonderful post. I'm going upstairs to my sewing cave and start cutting strips

    BTW, HOW do I get your button onto my blog??

    Bye Bye
    Blessings
    Gmama jane

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  55. What cute ideas! The scarves are perfect gifts.

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  56. This post was very inspiring. Lots of great ideas! I plan this year to do like the online group, the Stashbusters, encourages - to work on Christmas projects every month on the 25th. I think I'm going to start with the journal covers in January. Thanks!

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