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Christmas Commissions


I know that the kids have only been back to school a month and that The Boys are still wearing shorts to school (heck, I’m still in my flip-flops), buuuuuut……there’s no escaping the fact that Christmas is just around the corner. 

For those of us who like to give handmade gifts to our nearest and dearest, if we haven’t at least started thinking about what we’re going to make by now, panic sets in.

I actually have made a start, if a lot little later than previous years, but I also have quite a few commissions already this year – yay, thank you, dear customers, for not leaving it until the last minute to place your orders!

I LOVE Christmas commissions, well, any commissions at all, really, as they give me an excuse to be creative and make something when I’ve got no other excuse to sit at my sewing machine – and they enable me to legitimately delay the boring stuff like housework:)

I was asked to make six coin purses, each one personalised to the recipient, so I started the fun part of the design process by choosing fabrics.

One request was for an adult who likes butterflies, so this is quite a grown up purse.

A lining of floral bouquets seemed appropriate for the butterfly theme, and the whole was brought together with a lilac zip and zip pull.

Next up was a little girl who loves Hello Kitty, so I teamed a funky flower print with a cat appliquรฉ.

I decided to pick out the pink and add a pink mini-gingham lining and pink zip.

The next request was something for a “girly” girl, so I went to town with the florals with a flower motif appliquรฉd onto a small floral print.

A more subtle leaf print lining tones down the busy effect and a love heart zip pull continues the feminine feel.

The brief for the next purse was quite specific; it had to be a grey star on a blue background for a girl who likes the Dallas Cowboys – this is my take on it.

More stars on the inside and a love heart zip pull soften the design a little.

“Cupcakes” was a fun brief to interpret and I found a print that looked like it had ready-made sprinkles on it!

A cherry red zip and pull bring together the red accents in the design, with more “sprinkles” on the inside.

The final brief was “Sparkles” and had me stumped for a while – until I looked down at my engagement ring.

Is that sparkly enough do you think?!

A mini-star print provides more sparkles on the inside.

So here they all are, each one individual to its recipient.

I’ve certainly had a great time coming up with a suitable design for each brief.

What a thoughtful commission – to tailor something specifically to six different individuals. They’ll love them, I’m sure, and appreciate the lengths that this lovely lady has gone to, to find them each something unique.

Author: sewchet

Sewing, Crochet and other loveliness!

51 thoughts on “Christmas Commissions

  1. Adorable stocking fillers! Nice to have Christmas commissions but then I never need to find an excuse to sit at my sewing machine – any old reason will do ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Lovely! Those are so cute!

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  3. What lovely little gifts. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. What a lovely idea and brilliantly executed. I like the cupcake one best! It’s cake!

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  5. They all look adorable but my favorite ones are the blue one with the star and the one with the cupcake! Very joyful!

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  6. Love them and what thoughtful gifts. Where can I purchase the pattern. Thank you

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  7. Each & everyone is gorgeous x

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  8. Derr that should have have been each & every ONE ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Wow what lovely thought out interpretations. You have done an awesome job on each one! I am positive they will love them.

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  10. You make such lovely things Sheila!.

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  11. They are all lovely but I really like the Hello Kitty one!

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  12. Gorgeous and cute and, of course, beautifully made.

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  13. So cute! I love the applique details. I’m going to have a go at that myself. The recipients will love them!

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  14. Six really fab little gifts, they will be much loved and used, I think, by their recipients ~ your lovely lady is going to be thrilled ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • My Lovely Lady has sent me a lovely message of thanks, so I’m pleased (and relieved!) that she likes them. I’m sure you know that feeling:)

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      • Artisans always have a moment, or to, of holding their breath ๐Ÿ˜‰ But, That’s wonderful!!…. though I’m not surprised, everything you do has a great outcome and lovely finish ~ I knew she would be thrilled ๐Ÿ˜‰


  15. These are so cute, love the butterfly one ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. These are just lovely. I particularly like the Hello Kitty one – so cute ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  17. I love them all! I need to hurry up to keep up with you lol ๐Ÿ˜€

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  18. These are absolutely gorgeous. Each one with their own individual idea and design, perfect for each one receiving them. So pretty, it makes you feel you also need one at least. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I probably need to start thinking around Christmas gifting soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the gentle reminder.
    Have a great weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. Gorgeous! I love the butterfly one ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. Lovely little gifts and a great way to use up left over fabric

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  21. Those are very cute!


  22. Oh I love this idea. Great for all the neighborhood kids that are always around. Thanks for the idea!


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