So, I decided to spend nap time remembering the time I cut up my family’s clothes to make them Christmas gifts.
That was the year I thought ahead and still managed to get Christmas gifts out late. The decision to make Christmas gifts coincided with my first trimester of pregnancy and I hadn’t anticipated just how tired and uninspired I would be.
I asked family members to give me an old piece of clothing that they no longer wear but couldn’t bare to part with. I warned them the garment would be cut up and reshaped. It seemed only fair.
In my pile of scavenged fabrics, I had an old sheet from one of my aunts that became the gift bags.
For the month of December (and January), I embroidered, did
simple pattern drafting, and sewed. If you find pattern drafting to be easy, could I borrow your brain? Seriously, the covers were little more than a bag with a drawstring at just the right spot but it required a couple of drafts and plenty of seam ripping.
In the end, I had 5 water bottle covers. Stuffed inside each of these is a hot water bottle for aches, pains, or general comfort in the cold. The water bottles themselves are recyclable which makes my green heart happy.
I have tinge of sadness looking at these. I brought this project with me while I visited one of my aunts who was going through chemo. She was a creative, talented woman and she helped me a bit with the embroidery. She’s no longer with us but she left behind a rich legacy of handmade gifts.
The Duke sweater was not a scrap – it was a child sized sweatshirt ordered online. Now, Duke insists on sending me a catalog every year and I can’t figure out how to get off their mailing list.
What are your favorite Christmas projects?