Christmas prep

Little gift bags

4 drawstring bagsThe bangs and flashes of Bonfire Night are over for another year and I’ve made a start on sewing some small gifts for Christmas.  Actually, they are gift bags, but they are really a present in their own right too.  I’ll fill them with homemade goodies like cellophane-wrapped fudge, jars of marmalade or chutney, small bottles of sloe gin and beaded necklaces and bracelets, or purchased stocking-fillers such as nail varnish and iTunes cards.  Hopefully, the recipients will find something useful to do with their bags afterwards – if nothing else, they could be filled with lavender or pot pourris and hung in a wardrobe.

2 drawstring bagsThis is a great way of using up small pieces of cotton fabric, lace and ribbon.  The bags are lined so there are no raw edges on show.  I’ve pieced the outside of each one to make the most of pretty prints while using up boring plain fabric.  For reasons unknown, I have about 6 metres of broderie anglaise insertion lace in my sewing box which means, by my reckoning, I can make another 25 of these bags.

I’m also making some pocket tissue holders from scraps of linen and cotton.  They are useful to have in hand in case a little gift is needed unexpectedly over the Christmas period.  The tutorial for them is here.

Pocket tissue holderThis one is made from a scrap of Liberty Tana Lawn that would be too small for anything else.

Santa’s washing line

Santa's laundry lineChristmas is a-coming and I feel the mantelpiece will need some adornment.  There are several patterns on Ravelry for garlands comprising tiny articles of Father Christmas’s clothing, hung as if on a washing line, which look very cute.  Being a cheapskate, and not inclined to buy patterns for frivolous items that are only going to see the light of day for a few weeks a year, I’ve gone for a free pattern called Santa’s Laundry Line.

Santa's jacket, trousers, mittens and hatSo far, I’ve knitted the jacket, trousers, hat and mittens.  I’m using DK yarn and knitting it on small needles to give a firm fabric which should hold its shape when hung up.

The furry trim is knitted using a small amount of chenille-construction yarn that I was given years ago by a local yarn shop.  The owner at the time – long since retired – offered me a few metres to swatch as neither of us had any idea what tension it would knit up to.  I took it home and discovered that it was a super-chunky yarn, which wasn’t what I was looking for.  If I’d knitted a whole jumper from it I’d have looked like a giant, overweight poodle.  The little ball of yarn has remained in my stash ever since, waiting for its day to come.  And come it has.

I now need to knit Santa’s long underwear, scarf, socks and boots.

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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2 Responses to Christmas prep

  1. chrisknits says:

    The best use for the bags is knitting projects!! I make them also and have a hard time giving up news ones I make. I want to keep them all! I also use them to gift items to new babies. A clothing item for the babies and a bag for the moms.

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