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What are you sewing for Christmas

suesew | Posted in General Discussion on

Just for the fun of it – what are you sewing for Christmas? Maybe you don’t have time to stop and tell us – but you can tell us afterward, too.
I’m still trying to finish a t-shirt quilt for my husband. I made three pairs of boxers for my son. And my daughter and future daughter in law are each getting the quick purse and a fabric bowl among other things. I just finished a suit for myself and I have a slipcover for a couch (not a gift) to finish next week. Merry week before Christmas, everyone.


  1. Jean | | #1

    I'm sewing silky pajamas for my granddaughter and matching ones for her 18" doll. Along with as many other doll clothes as I can get finished before Christmas. I do have a reprieve though, her birthday is in January. ;)

  2. kjp | | #2

    AArgh!  My sewing room is filled with unwrapped gifts & all the other acoutrements of the holidays!  It's killing me, but at least I have my knitting to keep me sane.  Maybe next year I will start in August to sew for Christmas.  My sincere kudos to all of you who are more organized than me.  Meanwhile I will continue to walk past my sewing room with a sigh until after the holidays.  On the bright side -- I don't suffer from post holiday depression -- I'm too excited to have TIME to sew!!  ;)

  3. susanna | | #3

    Finishing the white polar fleece hat and scarf set with red and green rayon trim tonight. Made a whole lot of mittens out of polar fleece this year~ red, green, pink, aqua paisley, black, white, with assorted embellishments. On my day off tomorrow, will make a quick couple of polar fleece throws for nursing home residents. Also made Christmas stockings out of the stuff and added contasting scalloped cuffs and jingle bells to them. Not much complicated stuff. I'm usually too busy with everything else this time of year.

    I also made a bunch of odd little dolls out of scraps of whatever I had this year and have to say that it has become an addiction. I'm giving them to friends and family, tied to their packages.

    After the holidays, I'll get back to some trickier, pickier sewing.

    Here's to a Happy New Sewing Year!



    1. Jean | | #4

      Hey, suze, please post some pictures of your odd little dolls! I'm always interested in odd. :)

  4. Elisabeth | | #5

    One funky print Hawaiian shirt and quite a few pot holders. Now I know what to do with the small remnants from all those fun scrub tops I have made for my DD.

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    paddyscar | | #6

    I've not had a very successful Christmas sewing season -

    * my quilted faux suede vest for my brother made from a McCall's pattern was an 'extremely undersized' size 40-42 (rather skimpy on the length too)

    * my daughter's size 10-12 pyjamas were seriously misguided in the elastic guide and I've been asked to replace the elastic with a draw string.  I purposely used the elastic guide included in the pattern because I am famous for misjudging elastic ... so much for trying to correct by following the pattern!

    * my grandson's 12 month pyjamas were too long.  Only a month ago, I added length to the 9 month sized christening suit and it was barely long enough.  This would be understandable using different makes of patterns, but it is frustrating to have different sizing from one pattern to another from the same maker.

    * I knew my granddaugher's pyjamas would be a little long, because I've used the pattern before ... she always needs to move up width-wise before she needs to move up length wise

    * the good news is that the tutu made without a pattern is great and the poncho I made for my daughter-in-law is a perfect fit! :-)) ....

    ... if it wasn't so much fun and I didn't enjoy it so much, I'd be tempted to hang up my rotary cutter! 


  6. lbbray | | #7

    Just now getting around to this discussion (ideas for the rest of the year). I've been promising my husband to make him a quilt from his precious tshirts. How did you do yours? I've a couple of ideas floating around, but haven't actually tried any of them. An actualized idea would help.

    1. suesew | | #11

      I wrote out how I made the t-shirt quilt and put it in a separate listing under t-shirt quilt. It was posted for a very short time -

  7. amyL | | #8

    I am just now about to sew for fun a doll dress, why a doll dress?? I think because i need a quick, but fun project and it will get me warmed up for more complicated things. For Christmas I found a big piece of heavy navy wool to make into a throw for my bachelor brother-in-law for Christmas. I fringed two sides and then machine appliqued stars in one upper corner and a few trees in a lower corner. He loved it and it was so easy to do. Last year his adopted dog got a fuzzy warm bed from me.
    My sister-in-law and nieces received a cloth Santa (just after Thanksgiving) to decorate their home. I worked on this off and on for almost one year. I did have big plans to make p.j."s for my mother-in-law but ran out of time. I too need to start now for next year. I love hearing what everyone is working on too.

    1. Jean | | #9

      I made this pattern for my GDs new 18" doll. It turned out really cute. There are so many ideas for variations too.

      Best of all, it's free.

      1. TashaGirl | | #10

        I just found this thread!  I made my Mother-in-law a Silk faced Brocade jacket using the Sewing Workshop Plaza Jacket pattern.  Edged borders with satin ribbon in 2 colors.  Made my neice a backpack with free motion embroidered Boston Terrier picture.  Knitted her a felted wool hat.

  8. mezzomom | | #12

    Just found this thread!

    Had a great sewing Christmas! I felted my hubby some soles for a pair of socks I knitted him for our anniversary last year-- he'd already worn holes in the bottoms!

    My sister got a pair of beaded, denim slippers. (Anybody else ever try that Threads cover article by Saskia Wassing-Shepard on making slippers? It was great!)

    My best effort this year, though, was my first quilt. My Hubby's brother just had his first son (his wife's first and his third child).  During a (rare) quiet moment in the maternity ward, my BIL opened up about how sad he was that his son would be the first baby in the family not to receive a quilt from Grandma Myrtle, who passed away two years ago. She'd made all the grandkids either a Hollie Hobby or Robbie Hobby applique quilt (depending on gender!) when they were born. My BIL got pretty emotional about it. So for Christmas, I made my new nephew a copy of his great-Grandma's Robbie Hobbie quilt. It was a hit.

    Hope everyone has a great New Year!


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