Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Feeling Selfish

I really need to start working on some Christmas gift projects for a few family members. These are relatives that request and/or really appreciate the effort so that part is OK because I know the gifts will be well-received. It's just that I'm feeling selfish and want to keep sewing for me. OTOH, I don't want to be scrambling at the last second so I suppose I'll turn my attention to those gifts. Well, at least *some* of my attention. I still want to whip up some more Ottobre tees for me.

For my FIL, a lounge outfit in a Washington Redskins (a pro football team for non-U.S.'ers) theme. He really appreciates handmade gifts and since he's tall, he also appreciates that I can make him things with extra length where he needs it. I'll start his first since it has to be mailed.

For my mom, a by-request purse. I made a few of these Vera Bradley style purses years ago and she keeps hinting at how worn out hers is and how she'd love another one. I hope I can remember exactly what I did to make those. It was based on a Simplicity pattern but it was also a local class and I know we did some things differently. I hope I took some notes. I also hope my guess as to fabric requirements was close and that I'll have enough.

For my sister, a new scrub top or two. These are always on her list, no matter what the occasion. Hmmm. Maybe I should make her an Ottobre tee too.

My sister and mom will be visiting here (separately, and with their significant others) just after Christmas so I have a little extra time for their pressies since I don't have to mail them. All are patterns that I already own, which is good for the checkbook, and all fabrics have already been purchased. All I need now is a kick in the pants for some motivation.

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  1. Well, Debbie, you can do what I did last year... And probably will do the exact same this year...
    I wrapped the fabric & pattern and said, with a jolly smile--don't forget that part--"I'm GONNA MAKE this for ya"!!
    'Worked with my husband and his wonderful son!!
    Tee! Hee!
    Rhonda in Montreal (PR.com)

  2. I always enjoy making/sewing Christmas gifts. This year it isn't gonna happen, tho, and I'm going to miss doing it. I am sure your gifts are very much appreciated!

    All your tops look great, by the way!

  3. I plan to make a vera bradley inspired purse also for my Mom. I can't wait to see what yours wil look like.

  4. Hi! I read and enjoy your blog every day. Well, every day that you post. I have instructions and cutting measurements for a Vera Bradley type purse I got at a local (Louisville, KY) craft store that I scanned into my computer a few weeks ago to send to another blogger (Lera at The Sky is Pink). It looks like the Vera Bradley villager when sewn up. If you would like a copy, send me your email address and I'll send it to you. Happy sewing!


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