Thursday, December 27, 2018

Christmas Gifts 2018

I just barely finished all my Christmas gifts on time this year! The first is my One Monthly Goal project for December, encouraged along by Elm Street Quilts. I successfully completed the stocking for my newest niece, Anna, who was born in August. When did I start the stocking? Ummm... December 13th ish? Raise your hand if you procrastinate too!
She's in Wisconsin and I'm in Florida, so I mailed it off on the 19th. It arrived in time! 

The tricky part about stockings is that it's nice for them to be the same/similar. I chose a style/color palette/fabrics for each family unit and planned ahead, so I had enough, but my challenge is that I wasn't great about taking notes about sizes (I didn't follow a pattern--these are something I developed myself.) So each time a new baby was born, I'd have to ask for measurements. Again. Oops!
The following gifts were all for an out-of-town Christmas gathering that started on December 20th, so in reality I shorted myself four days of sewing time! My husband took the kids to Epcot the previous Sunday so I could sew, and sew I did!

Next up are the duffle bags I sewed for a niece and nephew. Six years ago, I'd made duffels for my two nieces using the Quilted Travel Duffle pattern by Studio Cherie. Then my mom made four--two for my boys, and two for my nephews. This year it was time to make bags for my next niece and nephew. Done! 

Picking out the fabric is always a fun challenge. I want the bag to "grow" with them, so even though my nephew is seven and my niece four, I tried to choose some more "grown-up" prints rather than going too cutesy.

I love the lining on my nephew's bag, but didn't want to use a light background print for the outside--too many opportunities to get dirty! The blue print I did use has drawings of boats, planes, stamps, globes, and more on it. I really like the pop of the orangey-red for the handles and zippers, and the way the lining pulls it all together.

Once I chose the outer bag print for my niece, the coordinates were easy to pick out! I can always find tonal prints to go with a big floral. I love the polka dot pockets. 

My two older nieces (who received the first duffles I made) got sleeping bags for their American Girl dolls. These were quick and easy to make using this tutorial. I bought really poofy batting so they feel like actual sleeping bags. The prints are from Tracey Wirth's Jump, Ride, Spin! collection for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics. 

Don't they look cute all rolled up?

My sleeping bag sewing started with this birthday gift back in the fall, made using the Otter Romp collection. My niece liked it so much that I made one for each of her sisters for Christmas.

Whew! Gift sewing is done for a while...but there's still plenty on my to-do list! 


  1. Lovely stocking! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

  2. Beautiful gifts made with love.

  3. The doll sleeping bags are so creative and pretty. My granddaughter would love one. The stocking and duffle bags are also very cute.

  4. Awesome stocking. The bags are really cute! The sleeping bags are so detailed and so neat. I'm sure all the presents are being loved! Enjoy your day!! :-) :-)

  5. Giving a bag as a gift is such a nice idea. Especially when you give it to a person who loves to travel. You can also give tents and other hiking gear if you know someone who loves traveling and outdoor activities. Check out some of the best tents for sale over here.

  6. QuiltyZest is your go-to destination for all things quilting. Whether you're an experienced quilter seeking new inspiration or a novice eager to dive into the world of stitches and seams, this space is brimming with tips, tutorials, and innovative ideas to fuel your passion.
    dui lawyer washington county va