For the next Yorkshire Spoolette’s Meet Up on the 25th February there’s going to be a goodie bag swap. It’s not compulsory to join in but it is compulsory for it to be fun!
A few of you have been wondering what sort of thing you could put in so I thought I’d give you a few ideas.
I’ve not even got any photos together yet, I’m going to find them as I write. And guess where I’m going to look first?
SEWCHET’s Stitching Santa posts!
She is the Queen of all craftiness and has the most amazing ideas. I think they’ve started to rub off onto her followers because everyone who took part in her Stitching Santa have made some great gifts. So that’s where I’m going to start!!
Before you start looking, don’t get worried. They’re just ideas and you don’t have to make a huge bag of goodies!
A key ring – made by Lyn at Tialys
A Zipper pouch – we can never have enough zipper pouches! Also made by Lyn – both gifts for Sheila.
A Padded Notebook – Tutorial from Sheila HERE. Kim made me one in my stitching santa and I LOVE it!
A Peg Bag! I would love one! I’ve made loads as gifts but not for myself! Some of my friends use theirs to put other things in or just hang them up for fancy! Here’s one I made for Corrine who’s a teacher.
Granny Mauds Girls has a great tutorial – click on her photo below – this is what got me started making them.
Or some coasters – I made these for Corrine in Stitching santa 2015
I also made some for Sheila for organising the Secret Santa
Sheila made my secret Santa parcel in 2015. It was HUGE!! She made me a case for handy andys tissues and a matching coin purse – both handy for in my golf bag, but would be useful to keep in your hand bag too.
And this needle keeper is one of the most useful thing I have – you don’t need to add scissors – you could attach the ribbon with a press stud. It’s fab because before this I was always looking for a needle when it came to doing a bit of hand sewing.
And I made one for my stitching santa this year….
If you’ve seen my stitchin santa post sorry, but here’s again what Kim from The Material Lady made me, and I love them all!
Is that enough ideas for hand made gifts?? I’ve started a Pinterest page too with more ideas. Some are more adventurous than others, but there’s quite a few that could be made in a spare hour or 2!
You could also have a rummage in your own sewing stuff and see if you have anything you could add. I’d been saving some free stuff up for my stitching santa and this is what I added:
Maybe some trim, or a zip, or a fat quarter, or a bit of embroidery thread?? An odd metre of knicker elastic even! You know that we would all love anything that’d put in it because it will have been chosen and placed in with lots of crafty careful thought.
Don’t have sleepless nights about it! It’s fun! And if you don’t want to join in it’s ok.
I thought I’d collect the bags, I’ll fetch something to put them in, and share them out after shopping when we go to the pub. If anyone needs to leave early I’ll make sure you get one!
And now onto the name badge I suggested we all make! I’m going to bring some stickers for those who don’t have chance to make or acquire one. Some of us might be lucky enough to own a name badge already. Margaret you know I mean you!!
Check out this super duper badge ladies…………..
Now I hope I haven’t scared the living daylights out of you showing you Margaret from The Crafty Creek’s awesomeness. She’s already won the best badge prize before she’s even got there, but I just had to share. Click here to read the story behind her badge.
For mine it’ll be something more like a blue peter moment, and I’ve no idea where to start, but I’m sure I’ll think of something.
If you want to add any links in the comments for other goodie bag ideas or for badges too, please feel free!
I hope thats put some of your minds at rest. Please don’t fret in silence – if you’ve still any questions or concerns please get in touch!