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Handmade Birthday Presents


It was my sister’s birthday on Monday and she had previously dropped a heavy hint for some more fingerless gloves, as hers (also made by me) had seen better days.

You may remember the knee length socks I made her for Christmas…..

….well, I had enough left over wool to make a matching pair of fingerless gloves – so I did!

I had also been inspired by some handbag charms by Tamsyn G on Instagram.

I absolutely love these and decided to use up some bits and bobs to make one for my sister. It was a totally organic process with no plan whatsoever, and this is what I ended up with.

Where Tamsyn G makes her own buttons, I used one from my button box.

The large end bead is from a broken necklace.

This fabulous ‘safety’ pin was in my Stitching Santa parcel, as was the ‘handmade’ tab.

Some hand embroidery on the surface adds extra texture.

Here it is on my bag, to give a sense of scale.

And here they both are on my sister/bag:)

I know, it’s utterly pointless but, as pointless things go, it’s bright and cheerful and I wouldn’t mind one on my bag, so I may cave in to the urge to make another.

Author: sewchet

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28 thoughts on “Handmade Birthday Presents

  1. The greatest ideas are yours!! I love the bag charm! It’s so fancy!!

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  2. The bag charms are a great piece of frippery – and we all need a bit of that now and again!

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  3. The little charms would make great brooches too!

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  4. Lovely mitts and gorgeous bag charm. It looks fabulous against the yellow of the bag 🙂

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  5. Can’t be pointless if it made someone happy 🙂

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  6. Oh do cave in. My crochet bag from you attracted several compliments at Spring into Wool in Leeds last week.
    Lucky sister.


  7. Lovely presents, especially the bag charm. I love the style of the pin too, any idea where it came from?

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  8. Pure creative brilliance, well done!

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  9. I love the charm you made, and the gloves and socks are beyond fabulous.

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  10. Those are the best birthday presents ever. I love the mittens, and the handbag decoration is super special. One does need one of those, to cheer you up. 🙂

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  11. Fabulous!!! Happy birthday to your sister and I hope she enjoyed the gifts! 😄

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  12. What a charming idea! Every handbag needs a bit of extra charm. This would be excellent luggage markers too for picking out your bag in a sea of bags at the airport. Delightful, Sheila. And happy birthday to your sister.


  13. I love the bag charm and how whimsical it is, but those gloves! They’re absolutely beautiful and I’m head over heels about the fact that they match the socks! You did a fantastic job on both gifts!

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  14. Love, love, love the handbag charm 🙂 So cute and colorful 😀

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