Friday, January 11, 2013

A few handsewn gifts

Thanks so much for all your kind wishes on my last blog post!  I am looking forward to catching up with posts on many of the things I have made over the last 6 months, and thought I'd start with a round up of some of the sewn gifts that I have made.  I have been making baby crafts too so I promise to share some of what I've been making to get ready for baby soon! 

patchwork bag holder

Starting with the most recent first, my mom asked me to make her a plastic bag holder for Christmas, and I was struggling a bit with which fabric to use until she said she really liked some scrappy bee blocks I'd made - so I thought I'd do some scrappy patchwork.  I used the Anna Maria Horner Totem print as the inspiration fabric and then pulled lots of other prints from my stash that went with it to make a big patchwork block, then made up my own design to turn it into a fully lined bag holder.  I'm happy to say that my mom really liked it!

dumpling pouch

I also made a couple dumpling pouches using the tutorial from Michelle patterns, but this is the only one I remembered to take a photo of before gifting.  I had bought this Joel Dewberry fabric (from the heirloom line) without a specific purpose so it was fun to get to put it to use!  It was fun to try the pattern, this was the first time I had done a curved zipper like this and she explained it very clearly, I was really happy with how it turned out.  I only tried the "easier" curve one but maybe if I make more I will venture the smaller, curvier one!

quilted wine tote

Earlier in the year, I made my mother in law a quilted wine tote using my tutorial for her birthday.  It's always funny to go back and follow your own patterns/tutorials when you haven't looked at them in a while!  This time, I used insulated batting to make the tote so that it would help keep wine chilled in transit.

secret garden pillows

For her birthday, my mother had asked for some throw pillows with fun fabrics - I love Sandi Henderson's secret garden fabric line, and it reminded me of my mom and the colors she likes, so I used mostly fabrics from that line and then some other coordinating fabrics from my stash.  The pillow on the left is a flying geese block with a kona ash background, and the pillow on the left is a design I made up with a white background.  I like them both although I think I like the clean look and contrast of the white background a bit more.

pillow 1 back

And I couldn't resist showing off a few of the great fabrics in this line on the backs of the pillows!

pillow 2 back

Hope your new year is off to a good, crafty start!


  1. Congratulations Kate! All are fabulous projects!
    Have a great Year!

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  2. Goodness you have been busy, lovely sewing projects!

  3. All wonderful and beautiful projects!!

  4. Pretty gifts! I really love the pillows! I only bought a few prints from Secret Garden, but that blue on blue floral is one of my faves; I used some in my Art Student Tote!

    Hope you are feeling well!

  5. everything is lovely, but that dumpling pouch is extra special

  6. Great gifts, I liked the dumpling pouch.

  7. I used your pattern for the quilted wine cooler for a gift at Christmas. It was very easy to follow. Thank you.


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