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Christmas Sewing Projects

This past year I found some cute gift ideas on various blogs that I read from time to time.

I made some tea wallets for some friends and family members who are tea drinkers. They were fun to make and hopefully will be useful for the recipients. I hadn't made covered buttons in quite a while and found that the little tool that you use to help cover the buttons (it is included with the button forms) has been greatly improved since I last made some. I found this tutorial for the tea wallet.

picture of Tea Wallet

picture of Inside Tea Wallet

I also made some table runners for a few people. I took a class at one of our local fabric stores to learn how to make these, but I was able to find some instructions for the basic technique at this source. These were fun to make and I hope to make myself one for next Christmas!

Here are a couple of pictures of completed table runners:

picture of Sandy's Runner

picture of Susie's Runner

Here's a close up:

picture of Sharon's Runner

I don't always have time to make as many gifts as I did this year, but I started early and enjoyed making them.

How about you, dear readers -- did you make any gifts for Christmas this year? I know of one family where the siblings all make something for each other each year, rather than purchasing something. They have become really creative and learned some new skills over the years.


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11 Comments on “Christmas Sewing Projects”

  1. #1 Melanie
    on Jan 22nd, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I cross stitched 10 different snowmen patterns for all the women on my mom’s side of the family. It took all year and for awhile I wasn’t sure I was going to get them all finished in time! They loved them.

  2. #2 Ann
    on Jan 22nd, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    I did make my Christmas gifts, but not in this way. I have a snail mail ministry to mostly elderly people who don’t have computers. I print out stories, jokes, devotionals, poems, etc. for them.

    Usually I give books as gifts to family and friends at Christmas, but the postage to mail them has gotten to be too much. I printed out stories, jokes, etc. for Christmas gifts for ten people. I printed out about 1,000 pages (usually no more than 2 or 3 of any one item). The cost of paper and ink wasn’t much, and the postage was affordable….and I got to read a lot of good stuff.

  3. #3 Betty-Ann
    on Jan 23rd, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I just finished robes for my two youngest grandchildren. I just sent them off and did not take pictures, so I can’t share. I sure enjoy sewing, especially children’s clothing. These were for a 6 year old girl and a 22 month old boy. They live in the north so I made them from fleece. It is light blue with skating polar bears on it.

  4. #4 Becka
    on Jan 24th, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Betty-Ann, your robes sound really cute and nice and warm!

  5. #5 Becka
    on Jan 24th, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Ann, I’m sure your booklets were greatly appreciated. You made your own Reader’s Digest!

  6. #6 Becka
    on Jan 24th, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Melanie, you tackled a very ambitious project. I’m sure the recipients will treasure them.

  7. #7 Ann
    on Jan 24th, 2010 at 3:11 pm


    I call them do-it-yourself Chicken Soup books! Before I got a computer, I had a little machine that only sent and received e-mail. I had to print everything off. I started making extra copies for my elderly friends. The Lord gave me the name of Apples of Gold from Proverbs 25:11, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” It’s a word picture that has intrigued me since my student years at bj.

    When I got my first computer in January 2003, I was able to download tons of stories, jokes, etc. I expanded my ministry so that it now goes out by snail mail to about 30 people. Over the years, I’ve found that it means a great deal to those who are out of the mainstream (i.e. no computer). The oldest person on the mailing list is a lady who was one of my mom’s closest friends. Aunt Elsie will be celebrating her 98th birthday on Tuesday of this week. Her mind is still as sharp as ever.

  8. #8 vivey
    on Jan 25th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I really like the table runner! I crocheted dish clothes and hot pads to place under hot dishes for the table with variegated red and white cotton yarn for my sister. Sadly, the colors ran as soon as they got wet! I’m not sure what happened, because I’ve used this same brand for years and even made some for myself with their red, green and white variegated yarn and it was fine. I made a dish cloth for myself out of the red and white with the left over yarn and it too turned pink and red the first time I used it.

  9. #9 Becka
    on Jan 25th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Vivey, I have knit some dishclothes with the varigated red/green/off white yarn and had the same thing happen. It’s not too much of a problem for a dishcloth (although I always tell people to wash dishes with them before they throw them in the laundry!) but I’m sure it was disappointing to put all that work into the trivets and have that happen.

  10. #10 Carrie
    on Jan 27th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Your table runners are beautiful! I’m afraid of curves, myself. :o)

  11. #11 Rhonda
    on Jan 27th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I didn’t make gifts this year–although i have in the past. But my daughter has made handmade gifts for her grandmothers and aunts since she was very little and had no money. The last few years she has knit her gifts. This year she knitted socks for everyone, including her dad. Sadly she ran out of time, so my gift was the yarn, not yet made up! 🙂 But she knows she has a very understanding mother who will gladly wait until she has time.

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