I DO try, honest I do, but some years the wheels fall off for one or another reason so that despite my best intentions, December rolls around and I am nowhere near to finishing my Christmas sewing.
Why, in the first place, do I have Christmas sewing each year?? Well, that is easy to answer: because I am so passionate about sewing that I would rather make special one-of-a-kind gifts for family & friends rather than rack up $100’s or $1000’s on items bought at the malls.
CHRISTMAS CARDS?? Now I no longer send out Christmas cards. I figure we live in an age of emails & online newsletters, etc, so to send out Christmas cards which end up in the recycling bin by January, is absurd. I would far rather make a small personalized gift for some of the folk I would have sent a Christmas card to. Besides which, have you seen lately what it will cost to mail out Christmas cards this year? Each year I pick a small project or 2 and I start earlier in the year making these so that everyone has a little something from me. Some years I made a Christmas tree ornament in the embroidery hoop of my JANOME embroidery machine. Other years I sewed a luggage tag or key fob on my JANOME sewing machine. Another year everyone got a knitted scarf, and another year it was a little zippered bag with a soap or hand cream popped inside.
See pics below for additional ideas for Christmas gift sewing and home decorating for the holiday period.
What am I doing this year? Hopefully none of my friends & family are reading this?! I have decided it will be monogrammed eye glass cases which are made entirely in the hoop. If I know the person does not wear eye glasses or prefers contacts (like my son-in-law), I will substitute with a luggage tag and suitcase handle cover to identify your luggage on the carousel. What the heck….if I make good time in the second half of this year, they may get all 3 items!?!
But it is not only about sewing Christmas gifts in lieu of Christmas cards…….there is also the sewing of PJ’s for the little ones, making Advent calendars (which I did last year but need to restock them with little candies & gifts again this year); as well as Christmas decorations and home dec projects for the holiday season.