Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Last of Them

Rather than drag things on, I'm going to fill this post to the brim with the last of the handmade items I made over the last weeks. Varied for sure, all enjoyable to make, and each one gifted. It's been frenzied sewing for sure, but these small projects have been a nice diversion from those larger quilts, which I need to get back to shortly.

After making a set of Patchwork Potholders for a family exchange earlier in the month, I decided more were in order. I made three more sets inspired by Svetlana/s.o.t.a.k handmade's Patchwork Potholder tutorial, hang tab and rivets and all. This time, I used ultra suede scraps for the tabs, which should be totally washable.

Gotta show this set's back view, as it's my favorite print in Anna Graham's Forage collection, which I used completely for these sets. The cotton-linen Essex blend, along with a layer each of batting and Insul-Brite, made for pretty sturdy potholders.

And then, after realizing I'd never made daughter dear a set of Log Cabin Hexi Potholders, I had to rectify that. I've made several sets over the years from the free Craftsy pattern by SewCanShe, and come to think of it, with the upcoming changes on Craftsy, I highly suggest you go download this pattern for future use while it's available. They are so scrap-friendly, and still one of my very favorite potholder patterns.

One of my co-worker friends just loves Dala horses, and in past years, I've made her a pillow and a mug rug. This year I went on the hunt for some Dala fabric, not knowing for sure what I'd do with it when I ordered. But I found a darling print that was part of Katarina Roccella's INblue collection, and decided after some internal debate to make an improvisational table runner. I was inspired by one by Victoria Gertenbach that I'd discovered on Pinterest.

So I curated a little stash collection to go with the Dalas, and just went to creating. Puzzling the different fabrics together was a bit challenging but I like the feel of the piece I ended up with. The runner is long - 14" x 52", and thankfully, the recipient reports it's perfect for her table. I quilted a 3" diagonal grid using Aurifil 50wt #2250 [Red]. I debated going denser, but that scale with the Dala print seemed to work. The final step was a festive red binding.

A new-to-me pattern was the Boxy Travel Pouch from We All Sew, which I made for my mom. Measuring about 6 1/2" x 9" x 2 1/2", I again used Anna Graham's Forage, and with it's unique shape, I think it could be used for a variety of things for my mom's upcoming travels.

And, one more holiday pillowcase, again using the tutorial by Twiddletails. I really could have made these for everyone on my list, they are such a nice finish. Gotta say I've been enjoying the ones I made for us.

And one more repeat - another Danish star to tuck into grandgirl's stocking. I know it's a small token, but all the other 'girls' in the family got a handmade item, so I wanted to make her a little something too.

SO! That wraps up all my Christmas sewing, I think, other than several gift-bags that got put to use without time taken for a photo. Fingers crossed I can start holiday sewing a little earlier next year, but seriously I don't hold out much hope. It is what it is, and now that it's done, I'm certainly glad I did it.


  1. Whew, what a whirlwind of little projects! But the littles are quick and satisfying, aren't they?

  2. such awesome projects, bet all the recipients were so tickled.

  3. Those potholders are too pretty to use. Gorgeous is a better word!

  4. The pot holders are lovely pairs, and the boxy pouch definitely looks like a fantastic gift for some travel. I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas together!

  5. Great job! I especially like the Forage potholders.

  6. I love your (square) potholders. The fabric and tabs are just so perfect. I hope you can relax now for a bit after that hectic sewing time. And I can relate so much to the wish and the gut feeling that it will nonetheless stay similar. Also a last minute girl over here :)

  7. Love them all but that boxy tote for your mom is so cool! Great job on all!!