Hey there all you rudolphs and assorted other deerlike creatures! How’ve you been? Me? I’ve been BUSY!! Stupid handmade gifts. Stupid good intentions.

I’ll tell all you all this – all I want to be doing is making short wool skirts that will look cute with brightly colored tights and boots, but instead I’ve been working (for pay. at my REAL job.), ‘crafting’ presents and deleting notifications on my iPhone that I’ve gotten yet ANOTHER SPAM COMMENT. Holy CATS, people. What does one do with blog-spam? Help!

I thought I’d share pictures of at least one Christmas gift project I’ve been working on. Sewing kits. These were super fun to make – I just made simple zippered pouches (here’s a tutorial I did earlier this year) and then filled up with sewing supplies geared towards non-sewers. Here they are – I made two for two different people…

Yay! They look a bit rumpled in these pictures, don’t they? Of course I used contrasting fabric for the lining. Orange gingham for the blue bag and purple checks for the hot pink bag.

Filling up the bags was fun. I love kits and things like that. Here’s the goods.

From twelve o’clock I included…

-One roll of iron on hem tape
-A variety of small spools of thread… dollar store special
-Fun buttons and some snaps
-A bit of vintage trim wrapped around a clothespin
-Iron on patches – from Joann’s, I split up one package between the two kits
-A PINK TAPE MEASURE!! The other kit has an ORANGE ONE!! They were only $.99 at Joann’s!
-Little tins of straight pins, safety pins and buttons. The little tins are meant for wedding favors – you know, candies?
-Scissors
-And dead center a quickie needle book that could double as a pin holder. Hot pink felt, yall!

I cut out two squares of felt with my pinking shears then stitched with a decorative stitch to make into a ‘folder.’

I’d bought a sheet of needles at the dollar store – this is 1/4 of the sheet. I just cut up and stitched to one side of the felt. I like it!

The other part that tickled my fancy with the kits are my homemade button and snap cards. I have a somewhat specialized tool for this – a teeny-tiny hole punch that’s meant to make holes for teeny tiny little grommets for the making of cards. They’re in the scrapbook section of craft shops – and they make the PERFECT sized hole to stick snaps through!

I also used the tool to punch a bunch of holes in another card, then I strung buttons from the back of the card. The card backings are just kraft cardstock cut with pinking shears.

How about all you Dasher and Dancers? Are you done making your gifts? How about cookies? Are you already back home for the holidays or are you hosting this year?

snugbug coffee break

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