Wednesday, 17 November 2010

First time making christmas gifts...

Hello! My name is Erica, and I write two blogs, the first is Recycled Fashion, which encouraged me to learn to sew, and my second Recycled Sewing, which documents my sewing crafts, ideas and inspiration.

I've only started sewing in the last few months, so this is the first year I will be making gifts for Christmas, but wow, what a great feeling to make rather than buy!

So far, I have made the following:

1. Mini tie t-shirts for my friends boys. Using thrifted mens neckties, cut to size, ironed and machine stitched into place:

2. Chalk mats made from thrifted fabric:

3. Plastic bag holder/dispensers made from vintage teatowels:

I've made a doily rosette for my sister in law too, but I forgot to take a picture before I posted it to the UK, doh!

I am constantly inspired by reading all of your wonderful ideas on Crafty Christmas Club!


  1. Like what you have done ! ..and say the same, I am also constantly inspired by reading about all this ideas here! Love it :)

  2. I particularly love those chalk mats - what a great idea! I have quite a few little people to give presents to and am inspired to have a go. Are there any handy tips for making these/possible pitfalls?!

  3. Hi Wanda, I havent had too much trouble with the chalk mats at all, the only tricky thing was sourcing the chalk mat fabric, I only found one Australian supplier and that was ordering online, but if you're based in the US (?) there are plenty of suppliers I believe. Good luck with trying it out, they have been a success so far with birthday gifts I have made!

  4. Thanks Erica :) I'm in the UK and have seen the chalk mat fabric in one online fabric shop. I'll be adding these to a very long list of makes that I hope to do even though time is running away!