Today is dedicated to finishing up Christmas sewing projects.Â A three year accumulation of thrifted holiday fabric was sitting in a box upstairs, and the time had finally come to do something with it all, or donate it back.Â So, sewing marathon it is!
Some of the fabric is fairly ugly 1980s through mid-90s prints of teddy bears and snowmen, but works just fine for gift bags and such.Â More than half the fabric is quite old – 1950s and 1960s cotton prints of holly, ribbons, candles, and I’m pretty excited about sewing with those.
We’ve already completed many, many drawstring gift bags. (The girls can make them with minimal help, because it is all simple straight seams), and Ruth made some small pillows for gifts (I wasn’t allowed to look!).
The girls selected their own fabrics to make Christmas skirts, and they contributed to the design as well. (The old fabric above was a challenge, as there was foxing around the edges and it was difficult to find enough “clean” yardage for Bea’s underskirt).Â Today will be lots of gathering ruffles, pinning, sewing.Â If I have time, I will make the boys each a vest, but that may be overly ambitious.
While I sew, the kids love playing with the sewing machine feet and scraps of fabric and thread.Â Isn’t it wonderful how children can make imaginative play with just about anything?Â Who knew snippets of fabric and presser feet could act out such elaborate stories?
Joining with Nicole’s KCCO today, and will post the skirts when we’re finished.
Blessings on your winter day.