THE GIVING SEASON

After the holidays, I will probably publish a few picture posts of some of the gifts I made for friends and relatives. With my sewing skills improving with each project, I feel confident about giving some sewing projects as gifts this year. I love the idea of creating useful and fun gifts — quillows, scarves, etc. Since the beginning of November, I have been sewing like a mad woman to complete the presents in time for the holidays. But I am having fun and I hope the recipients truly like the gifts. The following pictures are sneak peeks of the gifts …

GIFT COMPLETE: COLOR BLOCK INFINITY SCARF MADE FROM TWO OLD T-SHIRTS

GIFT COMPLETE: COLOR BLOCK INFINITY SCARF MADE FROM TWO OLD T-SHIRTS

I have a ton more old shirts and T-shirts that will eventually be turned into infinity scarves or fabric flowers. Since I have yet to find a cute use for the fabric flowers already in my stash, I’m thinking my friends will receive infinity scarves for Christmas. Surprise!

GIFT IN-PROGRESS: A QUILLOW

GIFT IN-PROGRESS: A QUILLOW

The soccer quillow was actually a birthday gift for my nephew, Gavin. I simply used long strips of fabric for the front quilty part of the quillow and soccer fleece for the backing (fleece is warm and soft). Red fleece (not pictured) was used to make the pocket of the quillow.

GIFT IN-PROGRESS: LITTLE DOG INFINITY SCARF

GIFT IN-PROGRESS: LITTLE DOG INFINITY SCARF

As soon as I spotted the bolt of fabric, it immediately was thrown into my cart because I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it and who I was going going to receive a gift made from the fabric. Luckily, the remaining fabric on the bolt (a little over a yard) was on clearance. Yay!

GIFT IN-PROGRESS: 1 BABY BLANKET

GIFT IN-PROGRESS: 1 BABY BLANKET

Two factors had kept me from making a simply fleece baby blanket: I was waiting for a massive sale on sports fleece and I didn’t really want to buy the St. Louis Cardinals fleece online. Finally, I found the Cardinals fleece on sale at a fabric store in Iowa. Baby Nolan’s mom adores the Twins and dad loves the Cardinals.

JUST ONE OF MANY MANY MANY QUILLOWS I'M MAKING FOR FAMILY

GIFT COMPLETE: THE LITTLE MONKEY QUILLOW

I’m happy I completed the little monkey quillow for one of my nephews, but I need to spend some more time on my sewing machine to finish the other eight to 10 quillows already in progress. I just need to organize my projects and find some motivation amidst the many changes in the next few months. Wish me luck!

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