MAKING CHRISTMAS

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 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 :)
 
MAKING CHRISTMAS LIST
 
PRESENTS:
 
2 x Sewing/Mending Kits
3 x Wall Hangings
1 x Apron + Kitchen Things
Finish Bear (a UFO knitted from our own sheep wool)
 
HOUSEHOLD:
 
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)
 
SWAPS:
 
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

Welcome to Week 2 of MAKING CHRISTMAS

And a big thank you to everyone who linked up and/or left comments last week! I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s plans evolve into sewn objects.

 
I’m sorry to say that, this week, I can’t cross anything off my list of things I want to make in time for Christmas. I’ve started on the table runner though – or at least I’ve made a design and put together some fabrics – so I’ve put STARTED next to it on the list! I would have preferred to be crossing things off but STARTED is better than nothing and my secret partner seems to like it so that’s good.
 
So this is what my list is looking like now:
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 MAKING CHRISTMAS LIST

 
PRESENTS:
 
2 x Sewing/Mending Kits
3 x Wall Hangings
1 x Apron + Kitchen Things
Finish Bear (a UFO knitted from our own sheep wool)
 
HOUSEHOLD:
 
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)
 
SWAPS:
 
1 x Table Runner for secret partner in the Modern Christmas Tablerunner Swap organised by Susan who blogs at Canadian Abroad. STARTED
1 or 2 x Christmas Ornament for secret partner in Susan’s Modern Christmas Tablerunner Swap
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I can’t wait to see what everyone else has been doing. I hope you’ve all had a more productive week than I did! Remember you can link anything you want to get done in time for Christmas so it doesn’t need to be a present or decoration although, of course, if that’s what you’ve made, we’d love you share it.
 
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to post this and put up the linky tomorrow morning (Monday) so I’m posting now (Sunday). 
 
Happy Sewing :)

Welcome to Week 3 of MAKING CHRISTMAS 

Apologies for posting this late today. Last night and this morning I had no internet connection for some reason but it seems to have resolved itself whilst I was at work.Thank you Lucy for linking up and to all who left comments or emailed last week! I hope you’ve all had a good sewing week.

 
I’m sorry to say that, this week, I again can’t cross anything off my list of things I want to make in time for Christmas so my list is still looking like this:
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 MAKING CHRISTMAS LIST

 
PRESENTS:
 
2 x Sewing/Mending Kits
3 x Wall Hangings
1 x Apron + Kitchen Things
Finish Bear (a UFO knitted from our own sheep wool)
 
HOUSEHOLD:
 
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)
 
SWAPS:
 
1 x Table Runner for secret partner in the Modern Christmas Tablerunner Swap organised by Susan who blogs at Canadian Abroad. STARTED
1 or 2 x Christmas Ornament for secret partner in Susan’s Modern Christmas Tablerunner Swap
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I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been doing and I really hope I’m getting past the worst of my work related crisis and will be back sewing and catching up with everyone’s blogs soon. 
 
Remember you can link anything at all you want to get done in time for Christmas.
 
Happy Sewing :)

Welcome to Week  4 of MAKING CHRISTMAS

Thank you all for linking up and leaving comments last week! 

I can’t believe it’s week 4 already. Having got off to a good start with finishing the hexie cushion and making the elephant apron, I’ve come to a bit of a standstill lately but I’m telling myself not to worry because it’s not (quite!) even November yet. Although I’m not progressing so well as I’d hoped, there’s still plenty of time left.

 
This week I’ve made a small decoration.
 

Unfortunately, the flash drained all the colour from the fabric. It actually looks quite bright and cheerful in real life. I’m wondering if my partner in the Table Runner Swap would like – I know she likes wonky trees :) – it but I’m going to try to get a photo in daylight to post to the flickr group so she can get a better idea of what it really looks like
 

 For the time being, I’m going to put a ? against it so now my list of things I want to make in time for Christmas is looking like this:
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 MAKING CHRISTMAS LIST

 
PRESENTS:
 
2 x Sewing/Mending Kits
3 x Wall Hangings
1 x Apron + Kitchen Things
Finish Bear (a UFO knitted from our own sheep wool)
 
HOUSEHOLD:
 
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)
 
SWAPS:
 
1 x Table Runner for secret partner in the Modern Christmas Tablerunner Swap organised by Susan who blogs at Canadian Abroad. STARTED
1 or 2 x Christmas Ornament for secret partner in Susan’s Modern Christmas Tablerunner Swap ?
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I’m looking forward to seeing what you have all been doing so please link up. 
 
Remember you can link anything at all you want to get done in time for Christmas.
 
Happy Sewing :)
(LINKY PARTY LOST IN MOVE FROM BLOGGER}

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!!!

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  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!

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  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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