Once upon a time, I used to be up way after midnight every Christmas Eve finishing rag dolls, sewing sequins on fairy dresses, stuffing soft toys…generally putting all those last little finishing touches to sewing projects destined to be presents for Christmas morning.

In recent years, after a last minute scrabble around I whip up some Stockings to replace the ones that have got lost since last year and that’s about it. Whilst I’ve no special objection to buying presents I can’t help feeling that something of the spirit has gone out of it – something of the specialness of giving something I’ve put care and thought and time into.

This year I am determined to (at least partially) reclaim the handmade Christmas. I am making a list of things I hope to make in time for Christmas. If I manage to complete it I’ll add what else I’ve made to the list as I go along!

I will report back with my weekly progress on Mondays and do a final post with a mosaic of everything on 9th January (to get clear of the holiday weeks). 

I was hoping to make the little image at the top of this post into a grab button and put it in my side bar but that isn’t working out so, if you’d like to join me, perhaps you can remember to visit on Mondays and leave a comment with a link to your blog post so I can come over and see what you’ve been doing. 

I have a wonderful button very kindly made for me by my friend Lucy at Charm About you  so please take it with you and come back to visit on Mondays and we can encourage each other and catch up with how we’re getting on. Please also go and visit Lucy She really is a star!

Edited to add: Following Rebbeca Lynne’s Comment (below) I think I have worked out how to do a linky so, hopefully, you”ll be able to link up. I am starting to feel like a ‘real’ blogger now!

Happy Sewing :)



2 x Sewing/Mending Kits
3 x Wall Hangings
1 x Apron + Kitchen Things
Finish Bear (a UFO knitted from our own sheep wool)


Finish Hexie Quilt (sofa throw and extra bedding when lots of people come)
Floor Cushions (for TV room when lots of people come)
Draft Excluders (for when heat wave ends)


1 x Table Runner for secret partner in the Modern Christmas Tablerunner Swap organised by Susan who blogs at Canadian Abroad.
1 or 2 x Christmas Ornament for secret partner in Susan’s Modern Christmas Tablerunner Swap

6 thoughts on “MAKING CHRISTMAS

  1. Rebecca Lynne says:

    Yay! I was just thinking at the top of the post “hmmm this is awesome…we need to do a linky party!” So glad Lucy got you a button…now we need to linky this blog up Janine! A text InLinkz is FREE.

    Was just picking out my Xmas palette in fact. Would love to linky it up next Monday!!!


  2. Janine says:

    I don't think I explained that well! I just meant I am hoping (in fact, determined before I start anything else) to finish the hexie quilt with a view to using it as a sofa throw and it can double up as extra bedding when we have extra children staying at Christmas :) No more quilts this year!


  3. Cindy says:

    Wow! I'm hoping to make stocking stuffers, but not quilts this year. Good luck! I can't wait to see what you're creating. With your inspiration 2012 may be my handmade Christmas :)


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