Time to Make the Gifts Already?

How did that happen? Here on the east coast, we are just starting to fully recover from the dreadful winter, and, yet, as I write we are sending our new Stitch Modern Holiday gifts issue to press. Each year when I finish this special issue, I know that the time has come again: time to make the gifts.


The Stitch Modern Holidays photo shoot
put me in the mood for gift-making.

For me, it's more of the time to start putting off making the gifts, but it's also time to start dreaming about what I will make. The recent Modern Holidays shoot definitely got me in the mood, but I have my limits, too. Here is what my guidelines for making gifts will be this year:

1) The gift must be fast: With everything going on in my life, I just won't be albe to take on anything too complicated. Two hours max is my limit!

2) It must have a broad appeal. If I can get an assembly line going, then the gifts will be even quicker. For instance, we have these adorable coin pouches by Rashida Coleman-Hale that I could whip up in a zillion different fabrics, and each one will feel special.

3) It must be something I like, too. I come from the "one for you, one for me" school of gift-making, and so I never make anything that I wouldn't want to own myself.

Stitch Modern Holidays will be available soon enough, but in the meantime, there is a great book + e-book bundle by Betz White available–Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Make and Bestow. Find it in the Sew Daily Shop.

Have you started making gifts for the holidays, or like me, starting putting it off? I would love to know which side of the gift-making fence you fall on.

Happy stitching!

 

 

 

 

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Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and SewDaily.com. She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and SewDaily.com. She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.

8 thoughts on “Time to Make the Gifts Already?

  1. I started last month working on my gift list! I like to cut my projects out together, then do assembly line sewing to finish them! this year it’s lovely project/cosmetic bags in two sizes for the ladies (I re-engineered a commercial pattern and upsized it), using some of my cotton fabric stash for the lining and beautiful printed duck fabrics for the outer layer. they turned out fantastic! Next on the list is “masculine” box bags for the men. Also on my list is making some soap to put into the bags, hawaiian print shirts for several other men in my household, etc. I still have a long way to go, but I’m aiming to have all my gift giving taken care of long before December, so I can sit back and relax and enjoy the holiday season!

  2. I have started making gifts already. As a long-time procrastinator, I have finally learned my lesson. One of my new favorite gifts for the grandchildren and some of my co-workers who are in the learning stage, is kits! I’ve gathered supplies in colors that match the recipient and typed up directions for the novice to follow. I’ve included pictures with each step to make things easy for them. I’ve also packaged them in either hand-crafted baskets or boxes for extra storage.

  3. I am certainly thinking about it. But I’m stuck on what to make my grandsons.. One of them is 9 years old and the other is 16. When all they like are action figures and video games what is a grandmother to do? I would love some suggestions.

  4. I had started making small ornaments for stocking stuffers until our new carpeting was installed. I took this as an opportunity to re-org my craft/sewing room. Right now, I’m in brain freeze, I have everything in boxes on the floor and have no idea what to do next. I need ideas for inexpensive sewing tables. So that I can get back on schedule for my Christmas gift making. Any ideas anyone? I live on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.

  5. I’m nowhere near the fence. Twenty-five years ago, my children were in college and I was on disability. We made the decision to stop gift giving. I made the decision not to give gifts to anyone, instead I send them hand-made cards. Everyone is happy!

  6. I’m nowhere near the fence. Twenty-five years ago, my children were in college and I was on disability. We made the decision to stop gift giving. I made the decision not to give gifts to anyone, instead I send them hand-made cards. Everyone is happy!

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