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#stitchingsanta Sewing Update


I’ve been making steady progress with the handmade items that I’m including in the parcel to my #stitchingsanta recipient and it’s about time I showed you.

I’m taking part in the knitting/crochet swap as well and have already given you a glimpse of the things I’ve made for that – you can have a look here.

As soon as the latest issue of Love Sewing dropped through the letterbox, I knew I was going to make this cute tree decoration, so that’s going into the parcel – although I’m going to have to make another one for our tree ‘cos I’ve rather fallen in love with it myself:)

tree decoration

Having bought these colourful stork embroidery scissors, I added a needle-keeper to one of its handles.

needle keeper

I embroidered an image of a sewing machine on one side together with the word ‘needles’. The other side is kept plain with a tiny floral print cotton.

needle keeper back

Not a very Christmassy make, I know, but this daisy print ‘Ikea’ bag can be used all year round. I wrote a tutorial on this which you can find here.

Flowery Ikea Bag

I had a few hours fun covering some buttons with tiny cross stitched motifs. My eyes could barely see to sew such minute stitches!

Stag head cross stitch button

covered button4

covered button6

I had a small amount of leftover Rose & Hubble fabric in my stash which was just enough to make a coin purse and matching tissue holder, both handbag size.

Coin Purse tissue holder

These bright orange gloves are made from the softest cashmere sweater and, although I’ve never seen her wear orange, I think they suit her bubbly personality.


I snapped up this unused Simplicity pattern from a charity shop for just a pound – I can see her looking good in all of these!

sewing pattern

There are a few other bought bits and pieces to go in and the main handmade gift – if I can finish it in time!





Author: sewchet

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46 thoughts on “#stitchingsanta Sewing Update

  1. These are all so adorable!
    Must remember your little addition to those embroidery scissors, in case I ever have some meself.

    Have been meaning to tell you… Was in a quilting store over Thanksgiving, and they had delightful “extras” and fabrics. More on them later. I asked the owner if she’s seen the espadrille soles for making your own espadrilles. She hadn’t, so I looked up your post & sent it. Am hoping she’ll start carrying them. A double thank you!

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  2. Such gorgeous makes again Sheila. I have posted mine off and I shall try to get a post out about them soon!!

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  3. These are absolutely gorgeous gifts! The coat ornament is perfect (and perfectly done, I might add). Lucky someone!!

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  4. What a bumper set of makes! Must must get mine done this week!

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  5. Beautiful makes, especially loving those buttons. Mine now all ready to parcel up and post, hoping it will be well received! πŸ˜‰

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  6. How exciting! Someone is going to be very lucky indeed. I also adore those buttons!

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  7. Someone is going to have a lovely time opening all those beautiful handmade gifts. Posting mine today!

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  8. Wow!

    I love the buttons and the coin purse & tissue holder. Lovely!

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  9. How lovely! What a lucky girl!

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  10. What a wonderful parcel that will be to open. I would have a hard time parting with the red coat ornament too.


  11. Those buttons are too cute! You’ve certainly been busy!

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  12. I love the cross stitch reindeer, he’s beautiful. I’m going to have to add these to my list of Christmasssy makes.

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  13. Wow! What a busy bee you’ve been! Someone’s been really good to be sent all those lovely goodies from Santa! πŸ˜ƒ

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    • Not sure I’m going to have time to finish the main present by last posting deadline though:( Still, it’s been fun making this much but, as always, I set too many goals!


  14. I’ve been looking forward to this post. What wonderful makes. I am in LOVE with that little red coat ornament. Oh my gosh that is cute. I love the daisy tote, too. So spacious and practical. What fun this is. I’m definitely jumping in next year.

    It’s all wonderful!!!

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  15. You’re an inspiration, this all looks so lovely!

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  16. I’m melting….. you make the most gorgeous goodies!!! And to confirm that I can tell you that my MIL made a bag inspired by the lovely project bag you sent me this summer to give to her old aunt πŸ™‚

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  17. What an awesome post. I adore the little red coat. I will have to make that for my tree next year. I have a notebook that is used only for your tutorials. It is hard to find things once they go to the archives. Lots of love to you and the family. You rock my friend!!

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    • Thanks Robin – there is a dedicated ‘Tutorials’ page which you will find at the very top on a computer or in the menu on a mobile device. Which reminds me, I haven’t put the sacks on there yet:)


  18. You have done so well with these beautiful gifts. I am sure they will be treasured. I am feeling guilty but luckily have a few hand made items, which while not Christmasy will hopefully do. Thanks for putting so much love and thought into this.

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