Dear Fellow Sewers,
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Believe it or not, we work about six months ahead of time in order to publish Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines. We’re always working on winter issues in the summer and summer issues in the winter. It sure makes things interesting when you’re looking for a model to wear a swimsuit while it’s snowing outside!
I’m sure the last thing you’re thinking about is Christmas (it’s just now summer, after all). But, as a sewer, it’s a good idea to get a jump on holiday planning, especially if you’re going to make some handmade gifts. So, I’m announcing our first-ever Christmas in July!
I’m notorious for needing last-minute gift ideas. What I love about our Hedgehog pincushion kit is that it’s packaged in a box, so if I don’t get around to making it for my sewing friends, I can always just gift them the kit and they can make it themselves! Love that!
For my aunts and cousins, I’ll make simple aprons and embellish them with the CME Christmas Goodies design collection. You can buy it on its own or in our 2014 CME Collection. A whole year’s worth of embroidery designs.
This collection was one of our biggest sellers last year and it’s super cute! The Christmas Cheer collection is also adorable, and perfect for some tea towels or bathroom décor. (For a great tutorial on mitered napkins and place mats, look to this video hosted by Elizabeth and Liz Evans!)
In-the-hoop projects are wonderful gifts, and you can sew them assembly-line style to whip out several in no time. Check out the Table Trimmings Trio for super cute favors to make for your holiday gatherings.
Another great gift is a pair of slippers—you can make these for each person on your gift list and change up the fabric to suit their style. Plus, the pattern is on sale for $1.50. Does it get any better than that?
I’m trying to get my friend Erica into sewing, so I’ve decided to gift her the Essential Sewing Reference Tool by Carla Crim. I’m sure this will inspire her to dust off her sewing machine and start making some easy projects. I may even throw in the Shellie Clutch kit so she has a pattern and fabric at the ready.
If you need more inspiration, look to our 12 Days of Sewing ebook, full of 12 great gift ideas for family and friends!
Happy Sewing and Happy Holidays!