Saturday, December 19, 2009

The charm of handmade gifts



I remember clearly that I said to myself that I would do no handmade gifts this Christmas - it's just too stressful right now. But somehow I still find myself franticly sewing up a new stripey set for my youngest. I even tricked myself into thinking that it would be faster than heading out to the Christmas shopping madness in order to buy something for her. Well my boyfriend went out shopping for the kids just as I was about to trace the pattern and he returned with a bagful before I had even started sewing. And then I ran out of bright pink thread. Hmm...

8 comments:

  1. I know. I lie to myself all the time, too.

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  2. Oh it warms my heart to read this! Glad to know I'm not the only crazy one. I started my Christmas sewing last night. (I can't afford the mass market presents that are well made. So rather than give something cheap from the mall, I make my own.)

    I thought I'd do some lined, zippered makeup pouches. No big deal, right? So far I've only made two. I have three others cut out. But each one has taken me forever because they're all one-of-a-kind (different fabrics, linings, embellishments) and their proportions are based on their zippers. (This Christmas my goal is to reduce my vintage zipper stash.)

    I can't do anything fast, unfortunately. I insist on basting, pressing, ripping out any seam that isn't absolutely perfect, etc. The result is beautiful: (almost) couture makeup bags. Of course my recipients won't have a clue as to the work that was involved.

    I still have a bunch more things to sew when I finish the pouches. I'm feeling completely overwhelmed.

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  3. I disagree. I think the recipients of these makeup pouches will know how much work you put into them because the will be so well made. I'm sure they will appreciate it and they will probably show off their one-of-a-kind pouches. Kudos to you for not taking the easy way out.

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  4. I'm with you on this. I think it's the sewer's trendency to fill each free hour with two hours' worth of sewing! (I was almost done with Christmas preparations. Nooo, that couldn't be. Started a waistcoat and pants for DS. Madness ensues.)

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  5. I think your daughter is going to wear her striped PJ's with lots of love and pride! And she'll remember them when she has her own daughter someday. Think of your and your boyfriend's efforts as a diverse strategy -- some store-bought, some hand-made. Sounds just right to me!

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  6. god jul... Hope this works via Google translate. Wishing you the best of happy holidays at this most festive season.

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  7. I made a simple apron for a friend and of course it ended up taking twice as long as I thought it would.

    I love that coat you made.

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  8. Yes I had such ambitious plans too, to sew all gifts this Christmas. It resulted in 3 straight days of working through the night, falling asleep on top of a pattern on the floor at 5 a.m., waking up at 9 a.m., then sewing all day again until the wee hours the next night. I was so exhausted for Christmas. Next time I get such bright idea, start much earlier. It took way longer than expected. At least all recipients were very delighted so it was all worth it.

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