Little gift bags
The 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.
This 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.
Santa’s washing line
Christmas 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.
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.