Handmade Christmas Gifts!

I can finally share with you the handmade gifts I made for Christmas this year!  I love making something for my kids and they still love receiving something hand made from me each year too.  So for my daughter I made her two things – the first is this Frozen handbag.


This is made from a Natalie Ross pattern called ‘Lucys Ladybird Adventure’.  I left our the applique and used this beautiful sparkly Frozen fabric I found at Riviera Patchwork.  I love the sparkly button I found for the front too – I think it just finishes it off nicely.  My daughter loves it.

The other gift I made her was this Blue Fairy Doll.  The pattern is by Paloma Rocha from Noia Land Patterns.


This was a cute little hand sewn project made entirely out of felt.  I used a lovely glitter felt for the wings which I found from Rose Petal Collections.   This was a great pattern – easy to follow and lots of diagrams too.  You should definitely check out her Etsy store - Noia Land Patterns - she has some really cute designs.

I wanted to make something from Star Wars for my son for Christmas this year and so I ended up making him this Chewbacca softie.  I just made up the design after being inspired by a few things I found on Pinterest.  I think he looks like Chewbacca and most importantly my son thought so too!


For the kids teachers this year I made them these Scrappy Apples.


The pattern is by Retro Mama and I loved this design!  I love the shape and the clever way you made it too.  A great pattern with excellent instructions and lots of step by step photos.

The last gift I made was for a KK swap.  This Tiny Gingerbread House ornament pattern is by Gingermelon.


Another cute very tiny hand sewn project made from felt (it fits in the palm of your hand!).  I also used the glitter felt on the roof of this too.  A very cute little design – you definitely have to check out her Etsy shop too – an overload of cuteness there!

Happy Sewing!



Christmas Decorations Roundup

Christmas is just around the corner now – only 23 days to go!  We just put up our Christmas tree and decorations yesterday and so now the kids are getting super excited about Christmas.  It’s a lovely time of year and I always love making things for Christmas.  I normally make a new Christmas decoration for the tree each year too.  So I thought I’d share a few patterns I’ve found lately for Christmas decorations.  I’m making up the Festive Felties by Molly and Mama at the moment – which were part of One Thimble issue 9 – you can also purchase the pattern separately from One Thimble too.


Here are the links to the patterns.

1. Embroidered star felt ornaments by 4girlsdesigns

2. Cute Christmas Robin by iManuFatti

3. Gingerbread Houses by Gingermelon

4. Felt Christmas ornaments embroidered ebook by ericahite

5. Embroidered mittens and tiny wreath by iManuFatti

6. Christmas Bauble tutorial by Nancy Nicholson

7. French Hen by mmmcrafts

8. Festive Felties by Molly and Mama in One Thimbe Issue 9

9. Christmas Elf by iManuFatti

Of course you could also sew up one of my Christmas Birds too.


 Happy Sewing and wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!




Teacher’s Christmas Gifts – zippered pencil cases


This year for the Teacher’s Christmas Gifts I decided to make them personalized zippered pencil cases.  This is a free tutorial by Toni Coward from Make it Perfect.  Toni did a blog post last year about these and I thought it was such a brilliant idea – and so stored it away for when I was ready to make my teacher’s Christmas gifts this year.

The kids wrote out their teacher’s names which I then traced onto white linen and embroidered.  They thought it was great that they had ‘written’ their teacher’s names onto the pencil cases.  I then had fun picking out fabrics that I thought the teachers would like.  I love the little collection of buttons you sew onto it too – it just adds that little bit of interest.

I love this tutorial of Toni’s.  It’s a great easy way to make a zippered pouch.  I’m now looking forward to the kids End of Year Celebration on Thursday and then the start of the school holidays.  It will be so nice to have a break from the normal morning routine of making lunches and getting the kids ready for school – I can’t wait!

Happy Sewing!

Christmas Decorations to Sew

I thought I would share with you some of my favourite Christmas Sewing patterns I have found.  I love making handmade Christmas decorations.  They make great gifts for family & friends or as something special to decorate your own home too.  They are fun to make and get me into the Christmas spirit while I’m making them.

Links for these patterns are below.


1. Snow Bird by mmmcrafts

2. Rudy by Melly & Me

3. Jumbleberry Santas by May Blossom

4. Santa’s Little Helpers by Jody’s Crafty Creations

5. Felt Christmas Mouse by Molly & Mama – FREE!

6. Merry Little Reindeer by Me & My Red Boots

7. Santa Mug Rug by Me & My Red Boots

8. Tid-Bit Sitting Elf by NimblePhish

9. Felt Food Cocoa & Christmas Cookies by The Pixie Palace

10. Ralph Reindeer by Two Brown Birds – FREE!

11. Mouse Christmas Decorations by Funky Friends Factory

12. Woodland Christmas by Ric Rac – FREE!

13. Christmas Club 2014  decorations by Shiny Happy World

14. Christmas Bird Decorations by Jody’s Crafty Creations

15. Patridge & Pear by Mmmcrafts

Happy Sewing!