Now that the secret's out... some homemade gifts!

Now that Christmas is over and the gifts have been given, I can share some of the projects I made!  Never know who's gonna read this, and I didn't want to spoil any surprises...

My homemade gifts usually have a theme.  One year I made everyone microwaveable rice bags, one year aprons, and so on.  This year I was excited to make some purses from patterns made by my inspiring sponsor Paradiso Designs.  Cheryl has built quite the line of patterns including lots of cute bags!

I tried out the Okashi pattern for my sister-in-law...


Picked a brown plaid twill I thought she would like, and colors to compliment it.  Rather than use the metal ring, I created a T-shape made of strap piece to attach the straps.



I put pockets on both sides of the inside, though you can only see one--lots of room for a cell phone, pens, gum... I picked this bag because it seemed like such a great size!  And, to sew, it was really simple and fun, but it still has the rectangular base that makes a bag this size useable.


I made the Tiny Bag for my friend.  How cute is this little thing?

Again picking colors I thought she'd like, I used a soft wide wale corduroy for the outside.  Rather than make my own straps, I bought one at JoAnn and some small D-rings and used them.



The inside is a quilter's cotton, which worked well for bias trim, on the top and on the pockets.


This one has a pocket on the outside back, too.


Can you see the bottom corners?  I love the technique for making this little bag have corners.

If you want to try out purse-making, I highly recommend either of these patterns!  They're simple, mostly rectangles and such, but the instructions really help you get the idea of how you can make a high quality piece with no tricky, complicated, messy parts... I especially love how all Cheryl's bags have a layer of muslin between the outside and lining fabrics.  It means you can make a sturdy bag with whatever cute fabrics you like!

What did you make this Christmas for gifts??

3 comments

  1. I bought my parents a big anniversary/christmas gift early in December (halfway between their anniversary and xmas), but I still wanted them to have something small on xmas day. I knitted my mom a scarf and a hat for my dad. I also knitted fingerless mittens as a stocking stuffer for my husband.

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  2. Knitting is great for gifts, I've definitely done that in the past, too! I've never been good enough to knit fingerless mittens, though! I'm bad at reading patterns...

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  3. These bags are great I have never made anything with quite as much use, not sure if my sewing skills are good enough for it not to fall apart!

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