Save Time on Holiday Sewing Projects

by Ramona on December 4, 2015

Here we are at the last month of 2015. I don’t know about you, but this year has just seemed to whiz by. Looking back, I’m honestly not sure where it went.

It’s the time of year that I’m especially fond of—sewing gifts!

I think we often feel like every gift has to be made entirely by us when people know we sew and create. However, when the list is long and time is limited, why not start with “blanks”. Blanks are nothing more than purchased items such as shirts, towels, leggings, napkins, placemats, etc. Really, it is a purchased item that can be embellished. We sewists know embellishment can include everything from machine embroidery to fiber arts, quilting, printing, fabric painting, and more.

There are many websites that sell blanks for embroidery; simply Google: embroidery blanks. Check your local dealer and fabric shop for blanks. If the local folks don’t sell blanks, of course retail stores sell plain goods and also there are online stores that sell wholesale to businesses only, and some are retail sellers. They are not limited to embroidery. Acrylic items are numerous and instead of embroidery a picture or even a portion of a child’s coloring page can be inserted.

For me, I like the time it saves but most of all, I can usually purchase the exact item in the size needed and in the fabric and color I know will work. When I shop for fabrics I don’t always find what I want (for me this is the problem when I have something very specific in mind). As for the acrylic pieces, I order many at one time to have on hand all year long for gifts. I find that these are some of the most appreciated gifts.

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One of the latest items I did for gifts was for the ASG board members (for the last few years I’ve done BOD members and staff a “Thank You” gift and mailed it so they have it for their fall board meeting). I embroidered the ASG logo (already digitized and available on the website for members only) and included some baked goodies. This acrylic plate has a removable back so the insert can be changed out whenever one wants.

S4380007I have one of these plates on the cutting table in my sewing room and use it to hold little scissors, pins, chalk, a seam ripper, etc. It is so handy! If you don’t have an embroidery machine, simply print the logo on a printer fabric sheet, apply rick rack around the edge, add some goodies, and give it as a gift. The possibilities are virtually limitless!

The whole thing about creating gifts is that it not only gives joy to the recipient, but it gives us great satisfaction in the creative process. Please share with our Facebook page followers what you’ve been creating for gifts this year—that is, if it won’t spoil a surprise!

Sew ‘til next time… enjoy the journey of sewing!

~Ramona

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