Back to December

No, I haven’t forgotten the posts I had been promising you back in December (my December not everybody else’s) Remember? I owe you two posts about choosing the perfect gift. And ta da, today you’ll get the first as I finally had to edit all the pictures involved for another exciting project. (which means that this blog and its readers were apparently not important enough for me to sit down and get it done. Sorry.

Prepare for some self-praise and braging as I am really rather impressed by my own cleverness in this one.

So, the task was to find a gift, that shows on one side how grateful I am for what the team in question has done without, on the other side, ignoring the fact that I am not actually special for them, just one out of many. Whatever gift I can come up with won’t be kept, realistically. So a cheap and non bragging item that can ideally be used up or is a useful item in everydays life without taking up any space. But still having a personal touch. Obviously.

So, what could tick more boxes than an individual cotton tote bag with goodies for all sorts of situations: mandalas, sudokus and cross words (including a personal one) to kill too much waiting time, a bit of coffee and tea for keeping awake and relaxing (whatever is needed), a piece of chocolate for comfort and a silly joke for when you need a laugh. And a card with a few personal words. So, the content doesn’t cost much and will get used up. Nothing embarrasing will take away space on someones shelf. The individual cotton bag will remind people of the crazy sewing lady and her family. In Austria, cotton bags are a huge thing. You know, recycling and sustainability and all that stuff. Plus it can be used as a stylish accessory. But if people choose not to use their gift bag, then never mind, it is just a cotton bag. So, I can honestly say, I could not have come up with a better idea than that. Really. I did underestimate the workload a little bit and I do have to admit that the rather monotone work did get a bit boring at some point. But it was well worth it, that’s for sure. But enough talking, here they are:

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I know, that one picture is rubbish, you can’t really recognise anything.


Do you want to see another one? Yes? Ok.


Another one? Really? Okaay.


Ok, I just show you the whole lot.

“Technical” details:

I have used a mix of classic application (secure zig zag) and freestyle machine embroidery.

I have chosen the fabrics for the “2A” for particular reasons, some as a reminder of my family, some because I knew of a particular interest or hobby of the future owner, some just because I thought the person might find it pretty.

The pictures in the top left hand are symbols for the profession of the presentee.

As I said, I am for once totally happy with the outcome of the whole project. It ticked all the boxes and I think, it was also very appreciated.

For the last remaining “perfect gift” post, I can not yet give you any details, pictures have not yet been taken so it might take forever a while. It is very likely that I’ll show you other exciting projects first. For example the secret of this box:


Scrap Sunday: Super cool sun hat and freestyling

I thought, I’ll skip today’s scrap post as I was busy learning a new technique involving scraps but let’s just have a quick look at today’s super efficient morning. (It helps when you get woken up at 5.30)

After realising that all existing sun hats are about three sizes too big for the baby, I quickly started to make a new one yesterday and finished it this morning to make sure he has something to wear on his first day at the zoo.

I used schnabelina‘s pattern and one of the advent calendar fabrics plus a few other scraps and voila:

IMG_4879 IMG_4881 IMG_4880Super cool and super cute! Maybe the self made ribbons are a bit bulky. The main part of the hat is lined, the back thingy (shall we call it neck protector?) is only one layer, otherwise it would be another fully reversible project. I wonder if a lined hat will get too hot but one thin fabric might not give enough sun protection. In any case it looks super cool. And super cute. I didn’t have time to take more or better pictures because I didn’t want to be late for my class. Yes, I spent sunday morning (and such a sunny one) in a class. I did a three hours workshop about Freestyle Machine Embroidery at Tilly and the Buttons in south east London.

20160508_111311view from Tilly’s workshop

Our teacher Sophia, owner of Jessalli came all the way from Dorset to teach us a very creative way to take those appliques a step further.

20160508_101403serious paperwork

20160508_115314first steps

20160508_115230mid work

20160508_123117final result (not my own design by the way)

It has been a fun morning, and so suitable for Scrap Sunday. What better reason to keep the tiniest pieces of scrap fabric! I will definitely use this technique more often in the future, I think children’s drawings would be the perfect templates. I am just not sure what to decorate with. It is a bit delicate and shouldn’t exactly be washed at high temperature on a daily basis. Which is a no for children’s clothes. At least for the children I know. So it is more about personalised gifts I guess. We will see. Anyway, time to sleep. Good night.