Featured in the Holiday Showcase issue of Beg!nner Sewing Magazine, below is a list of projects that caught my eye and deserve a little holiday highlight. Perhaps you can find inspiration and ideas for your next sewing project. Check these out…
A Collaboration of Work
Sandra Dick sent her Patch Work Forest Quilt for longarm quilting to Jenae Alves at Vintage Stitch by Jenae. The pattern is from Diary of a Quilter by Amy Smart. Sandra used a variety of holiday print fabrics to create her quilt. The quilting design she used is called Midnight Sparkle.
A dimensional Tabletop Tannenbaum can fit perfectly on a table as the centerpiece of your display, or as a beautiful accent to your Christmas décor. The finished tree measures approximately 13″ tall and 12″ wide at the tree skirt. Shabby Fabrics sells this as a kit on its website www.shabbyfabrics.com. Look for the “Tabletop Tannenbaum Kit – Naughty or Nice”.
Found on Instagram: @Flynn_and_mabel , Jenny made a mini tree hoop, with layered stitches, mixing the beautiful green colors together. A project that you can do away from your machine and leave it as is, or turn it into something more later!
Building a Business
At the age of 11, young sewist Clara Collins is an inspiration for anyone looking to learn how to sew. Clara started her own YouTube station called Sew Not Perfect with the purpose of teaching others about her skills and passion.
“My work is evolving and I would love to share it with you. I am directing my videos to a youth demographic, so I can inspire young minds to become the modern-day fashion designers,” said Clara.
Making it New Again
Teresa Alameen used a pair of old jeans and an old bag for the leather pieces, incorporating the handles and metallic thread to sew to make this handbag.
“It’s amazing what you can reuse to save from landfill. Sustainably is very important, and I’m happy to say I will not be throwing anything away anymore, I’ll be making a small change for a greater good. I hope to keep inspire people to do the same,” said Alameen in her Instgram post.
Save my Spot
Bookmarks are fun to sew and a great use of any leftover fabric. A good starting point is a simple rectangle shape. From there you will quickly progress and develop your own designs and style.
“Sewing bookmarks enabled me to gain confidence and now they are my best seller.” Amanda – Sunshine Hippo
Getting Started Again
Ben Wright took textiles at school and always loved the idea of being able to make your own clothes and kit your house out with nice curtains and cushions. Unfortunately, when he finished school he never sewn another thing! Until recently… For his first project, he decided that he didn’t fancy the tomato pin cushion that he saw everywhere so Ben made a pin cushion/accessory holder/sewing buddy for his first project!
“This was a fun and necessary project to start with! Every sewer needs a cacti pin cushion,” said Beginner Sewing group member Ben Wright.
Rachel Leggett has been making keepsakes since 2017, and is now making more and more sewing patterns for other makers to enjoy making keepsakes from. This bear is made from her popular Charlie Bear pattern. She is made from a dressing gown and t-shirt of a much missed daughter. You can see more of Rachel’s patterns and tutorials n her website www.messystork.com.