I can certainly say that the #StitchingSanta has been one of the highlights of my Christmas this year! A HUGE thankyou to Sheila from SEWCHET for arranging this, and an even bigger thankyou for saying you’re going to do it all again next year! I’m counting down the sleeps already!
I was lucky to have met my Secret Santa recipient back in April when I organised the Spoolettes Meet Up, and have been following her blog for quite a while. It was Corinne from ApplebyMakes – a lovely lady who’s lucky to have a crafty husband and 2 crafty children. Her husband even writes blog posts too!! (mine doesn’t even read mine, though he does sometimes look at the pictures!).
Corinne and her husband are both teachers. Whilst racking my brain as to what to make (and having a few nights when I struggled to get off to sleep thinking about it!!!) I remembered I had some fabric in my stash which would be perfect for some handmade gifts.
So I made what I make for everyone…… a peg bag!!
And I also did my first attempt at patchwork, which I really loved and can see will be playing a big part of my sewing on 2016.
Then I made a quilted zipper pouch. I really loved making this! I thought Corinne might use this as a pencil case.
And I was able to try out some different stitches on my machine.
I also made a roll thingy wotzits which could be for anything from make-up brushes to pens and pencils. Corinne said she’s going to use it for her crochet hooks and DP needles.
Then after rummaging in my stash I found some fabric perfect to make coasters for someone who lives at the Seaside!
Without realising and looking at everything together I bought a makeup bag with a sewing theme, and a Tote bag from SewOverIt. Definitely a bag theme going on here. Hope that was alright Corinne!!
I had a few things in my stash which I also sent.
The first was a piece of fabric which was really soft and would make a lovely shirt to wear with jeans. I thought the colours would suit Corinne. This fabric is quite well travelled already, Amanda from Sew Deputy gave it to me in a fabric bundle with other bits and pieces last time I met her. I originally tried to find some stretchy fabric so Corinne could make another VNA top but it was either too expensive or I didn’t think it would suit her.
Corinne bought an overlocker this year and has gotten into sewing with jersey fabric. I looked through my collection of Prima patterns and found a cowl neck top which could be made with jersey fabric, or fabric cut on the bias.
And lastly something which her children might like to do…
Once I had it all wrapped it was such a relief to get it all sent off.
I just managed to squeeze it into a shoe box!
I also posted off a little pressies for Sheila as a thankyou for all she’d done.
Coasters! I think the wording on one or two of these phrases is quite apt for this lady who I think has some super human traits considering what she can fit into her week!
So onto my #stitchingsanta parcel!!!!!
I felt extremely privileged to have Sheila send me my parcel!! I’d seen a post she’d written about her pressies so far and was hoping they might be for me!! But I’d thought that too about all the other updates I’d seen! Take about a child in a candy store!! My blog reader what driving me crazy seeing all these wonderful makes!
I was the first to wake up on Christmas morning. It was just before 7am. I sneaked down hoping to have some peace and quiet to open my parcel but no, my footsteps weren’t as quiet as I thought and H and the hubby joined my too.
I took things a bit slower than H, he wasn’t taking photos of his pressies as he opened them!
I even had a special tea bag to make a drink to have as I opened my pressies. (Sorry Sheila, hubby made it part way through as I couldn’t wait for the kettle to boil!)
The first thing I opened was these gorgeous handmade buttons!! (that’s when i knew my pressies were from Sheila!). Look at all those tiny stitches!
You might wonder what I’m showing you here!! Wouldn’t normally put on early morning face without coffee on my blog!! Can you see my earrings!!??
They were a bit hard to photograph wearing them so here’s a close up. I’ve worn them everyday since and got lots of lovely comments!
A zipper pouch! This will be perfect so carry some change about when I’m working.
And a matching tissue holder comlete with a packet of Kleenex. This will be great for work too!
I don’t own a real pair of little scissors so I feel like a proper seamstress now! I’ve used it already and it’s great not looking for the needle on the sofa – Sheila’s made a cute little needle keeper! I’ve not photographed it very well, but can you see the scissors are in the shape of a stork?
These patterns will come in useful. I’m thinking I might do the RTW fast again in 2016 so would need all of these.
Tissues…. how cool are these! Obviously I won’t be blowing my nose with these but might dab my brow with them when I’m sweating over a particular challenging sew!
Fingerless mittons! So soft! These have been worn already even though it’s not been cold enough!
An IKEA bag! I loved these when I saw them on Sheila’s blog and this will be really useful. It’s got all my Christmas pressies in at the minute.
A super cute Christmas decoration! Pic at the top of it hanging on my tree!
A fat quarter……. I think I might use this when I get round to making myself a peg bag!
Saving the best until last!
This is just the best thing ever!!! A hand made sewing box with goodies in too!! I don’t know how Sheila had time to do all she has done. Not just for me but all the other handmade presents she’s made for her family. I truly am grateful for everything and love every single thing in my parcel!
Hubby was in awe of it and didn’t believe me at first when I told him Shiela had made it! After quite a thorough inspection he was still shaking his head and wondering if I was kidding him.
And I’ve been using it already! I’ve started a little project and learning how to do english paper piecing.
Thanks again Sheila! I’ve loved taking part in the Secret Santa, loved reading all the other posts and found some new blogs to follow too along the way!