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Last Minute Gifts to Sew
In these hurried days of mass production, handcrafting holiday items from simple materials recaptures the joys that are part of an enduring craft heritage. Handcrafted holiday treasures to sew, share, and enjoy are gifts from the heart.
Memory pillows to sew in honor of a loved one or to preserve memories from an enjoyable vacation, graduation, holiday times or family and friends gathering, can become charming keepsakes to hold and cherish. They are easy to sew, and can be especially comforting reminders of times past.
A fabric with "nap" has gone through a manufacturing finishing process that raises the fiber ends to the surface where they are then shorn, brushed or simply left upright. This creates a sculpted surface texture as the raised fibers all lie in one direction.
Needles, Pins and Pincushions
Needles and pins were once so valuable that women may have had just one fine needle with which to do all their hand sewing. Pincushions, keeping pins and needles secure, were often made of pewter or silver in decorative shapes to display on fireplace mantels - thought to bring good luck to the home.
With meticulous attention to detail the popular series Downton Abbey shows the character of Mrs. Hughes wearing a needlework chatelaine. Often elaborate and very ornate, needlework chatelaines had scissors, thimbles, and tiny cylinders containing needles. Sew a modern one with a nod to the past.
Nostalgic Sewn Toys
Spanning the decade of the 1930s The Great Depression was a time of severe economic downturn that began in the United States and spread worldwide. Although this time period found many families enduring great hardship, there was still an attempt to find ways to give children gifts at holiday time.
Outside the Box Sewing
Consider the phrase 'thinking outside the box' as a challenge to do the same with sewing. The catchy expression is often associated with innovation, seeking original solutions, or going beyond the status quo.
Patriotic Favorites to Sew or No Sew
Just a few red, white and blue easy to sew accent items for a backyard picnic or scattered throughout the home make for a very festive and patriotic statement. Individual red, white and blue fabric scraps combine to make for quick to sew or no-sew projects.
Pretty Pillowcase Dress
Pillowcase dresses are a quick and easy way to sew a charming sleeveless summer dress for a little girl. Delightfully nostalgic a pillowcase dress especially if embroidered with a simple design or with a scalloped edge can be a charming way to use a lovingly saved heirloom.
Quick Fleece Sewing Projects
Fleece fabric is truly an engineering marvel mostly made of a high-tech polyester, fleece yarns can be blended with other fibers and come in every conceivable color in solids, prints too numerous to mention, from low loft to high loft, lightweight, extremely durable, with a warm wool-like quality.
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