Saturday, January 25, 2014

A HANDMADE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE

I found out about the "Handmade Christmas Challenge" from reading SewCalGal's blog here.   If you haven't been following her, you should at least check out her blog.  She has lots of quilty/crafty things on it including tutorials, etc.  



Anyway, the challenge (which I joined) is to make one Christmas gift or decoration each month during the year, so that you don't have lots of things to do at the last minute.  Good idea, huh?

I have this book, "Everyday Handmade" by Cassie Barde and Adrienne Smitke, which I have used before and remembered this wristlet purse that I thought was cute.  So, since I have plenty of selvedges, I decided to make one of these for a Christmas gift.  I really like how they turned out.


This one will be given to someone for Christmas and is made with blacks and reds.


I'm going to give this to someone before Christmas, but thought I would show it to you anyway.  It's made with blues, tans and white.


I had to order the swivel clip, or you can purchase them at most craft stores.  I already had one zipper and only had to buy the black one, so these didn't cost much at all.

Here is the link for the January challenge, which ends today, so if you made something this month for Christmas you still have time to enter the challenge.  I'm going to link this post on the "link party" now.

Let me know if you decide to join this.

12 comments:

Janet O. said...

These are so cute, Ruth! I love both of the color combos!

Marsha said...

Both of the purses are so cute! I'd have a hard time choosing which one is my favorite, I love both colors, too.

canuckquilter said...

What sweet little purses. Great idea to use saved selvaedges.

Barb said...

nice gifts both colors are lovely. What a great idea to not wait until november to make christmas gifts.

Beth said...

OH great idea!!! I made cowls and scarves starting last January. I still have a couple left over. (mine now) :)
I have that book and there are things in there I want to make...so maybe I will make something every month. It felt good last year stacking up finished gifts.

Sheri said...

They are so attractive and the selvage strips look great! I'll have to start saving my selvages! Thanks.

Mary said...

Your little pouches are adorable. Great presents.

Lori said...

Good luck! Not many people want hand made gifts from me, so I don't stress and just make a few.

Betty Lou said...

Your wristlets are just darling and make great gifts, especially to quilters. Will have to check that book out. Haven't been in the sewing room since before Thanksgiving as hubby has been so ill, thankfully he is on the mend now and well enough to start back on chemo last monday.

---"Love" said...

That's an excellent plan, and all those projects are so neat. However, a couple of years ago, I committed (half-heartedly) to such a plan, but fell off the wagon in February! So I think I'll pass, but I'll be watching your progress, and others also. I give up too easy! ---"Love"

Hilary Florence said...

Hi Ruth
Just popped over from SewCalGal to get a flavour of this challenge. I see you have got off to a good start with two in one month! Great combination of fabrics.
Hilary Florence

Barbara said...

These are adorable! Love the selvedge strips! Wristlets purses are always a terrific gift.