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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 appliqué.

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 appliquéd 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.


#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!