It’s the 18th and time for another monthly Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew link party. If you’re new to the party then you can read all about it here. This month’s link-up and associated giveaway is being hosted by Karen over at Practically Pippy so be sure to pop over and visit her.
After making a cufflink holder as a gift last month I had intended to make some fabric bowls this month but with Easter on the doorstep and several weeks of unseasonally warm and sunny spring weather behind me I must admit that I wasn’t too inspired to work on and of the festive fabric I had chosen for my bowls. So I put the festive ideas aside and with childrens’ gifts in mind I dug out some yardage of Tidny fabric that I had bought in Ikea last year.
This is a really fun fabric that would appeal to most, if not all, of the children I know. There is something for everyone with designs of all sorts: from castles to farms and spaceships to submarines.
Now if there is one thing I know about little children it is that they like to collect things. And carry things. Lots of things. So with that in mind I decided I would make a few simple tote bags with some of this fabric.
These bags were easily made. For each one I cut a 20 x 14″ rectangle that I folded in half. I then french seamed down the side and across the bottom to form the bag shape and added a nice deep double hem at the top. For a splash of colour I used red webbing for the straps.
Another thing I know about little people, or should I say the little people I know, is that they love to colour, and paint and draw. With that in mind I think that I shall be gifting these bags along with a set of fabric markers and closer to the time, and once I know the appropriate sizes, I will buy some plain white t-shirts to add to the bags so that they can not only decorate their bags themselves but they can also design their own t-shirts.
Have you been getting ahead and making any Christmas gifts or decor items this month? If you have then be sure to pop over to Practically Pippy and share your makes in the link party. If you’ve not started yet then there is still plenty of time to do so as the link part remains open till the end of the month. I look forward to seeing your makes.
2 thoughts on “Ho, Ho, Ho and On We Sew – April”
Brilliant idea as a gift for some very lucky children. Love the fabric