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Handmade Holidays



I don't think I have been as anxious to see a year come to a close.   2020 has given me the opportunity to dig deep and find gratitude.  

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping an present and not giving it." - William Arthur Ward

Every year I struggle to find that "perfect" holiday gift for everyone on my list.   And every year I vow that "next year" I will start earlier and make my holiday gifts! 

This year has been beyond what any of us could have imagined - the struggles are real.  If we look, we can often see many gifts in our lives, even during the most challenging times.  We can use our gratitude to fuel our creativity, and share kindness with those around us. 

We will soon be turning the calendar to December...
and I want to offer you a few ideas that are not only a quick sew, but are practical and fun for anyone to receive! 

Holiday Gift Ideas

Costa Tote - This is a free pattern from Helen's Closet Patterns.  A quick sew, the Costa is perfect for using when running errands, shopping at the farmer's market, or going to the gym (we will be doing this again someday!).  The Costa features an asymmetrical pocket for your keys, phone or sunglasses, or the pocket-less version.   Use fabric in your stash or grab some Denim or Twill .  Easy to carry, wash and you can use with the pockets on the inside or outside.  Here's the link for the Pattern: Costa Tote.  Perfect for friends, co-workers , or a family member. 

Workhorse Patterns - The Sewcialists Beanie - Beanies are such a smart trend, they not only keep your noggin warm, but they can add a style statement with fun color mixing and matching knits.  This is a beginner friendly free pattern - stash bust using four 12" X 12" scraps of knit fabric with 25% stretch, or more.  You may also love this in one of our Merino Wool Knits,  it is a perfect pairing.  This will be a favorite gift for your nieces and nephews, outdoor enthusiast friends, or sew a few to donate to shelter in your area.  Link to this free pattern from Becky at Workhorse Patterns:  The Sewcialists Beanie 

Linen Napkins - Special occasion or use these everyday.  Use your favorite colored linen to match your dinner table. Here are some Linen selections  Sew up the napkins for gifts that will impress, use a fun holiday inspired decorative stitch around the edge with contrasting thread.   Here is a instructions: Classic Mitered Corner Napkins , but let your creativity flow and embellish with hand painting, decorative hand embroidery, or block printing. 

* Adjustable Apron - The perfect idea for your favorite baker or the grill master in your life!  Simple to make and will become a favorite for the recipient to wear.  You can be creative with fabric's and trims to match the receivers personality and taste.  Check out the free pattern from Purl Soho here: Adjustable Apron .

*Drawstring Bags - A simple drawstring bag can hold a wide range of things, use as a custom gift wrap, carry your jewelry or cords when traveling, or just a place to keep your little bits organized!   This is another wonderful scrap buster - Linen, Cotton, Canvas, or even a light weight twill or denim! 
Make a custom set in matching colors, or mix and match fun fabrics!   These are perfect for almost anyone on your holiday list - we all love to be organized! Check out this free pattern and get started: Drawstring Bags.

These are just a few fun and easy projects to make ahead for everyone on your list.   We all need an extra bit of kindness this year, and how simple to share with something Handmade. 

Thank you for supporting our small business through the trials of this year.   We are grateful for 
your loyalty and wish you the best! 

Karleen - Sewing Studio