Thursday, December 20, 2012

handmade holidays

Happy Holidays!  Its getting down to the wire, and of course I just keep thinking of "one more thing" that I want to buy, make or send, but I suppose this is how it always is, and magically everything comes  together and is finished just in time.

I've been doing a good bit of sewing for a few handmade gifts, after I promised myself I'd go easy this year on the handmade stuff...3 pouches, 2 quilts and a slew of potholders (yet to be made)...that's going easy, right??


I purchased a few of these antique brass purse frames from bits and purses on Etsy, and had a few friends a family members who I think will adore these little clutches.  They really are quite simple to put together, I found Rebecca Lynn's tutorial for drafting a purse frame template incredibly helpful.  I chose to line the outer fabrics with fusible fleece, to help them hold their shape when filled with goodies and give them a nice body.


I used Joel Dewberry's Notting Hill in Primrose in Poppy, I just adore those large scale mod flowers!  I was sure to grab this print in every color way.


This one might be my favorite, and is going to my sister-in-law who I think will love the mustaches.  Fabric is Moustaches in black from Timeless Treasures.  I'm thinking a duplicate of this little pouch is in order for yours truly.


For this last pouch I dug into my Bloomsbury Gardens stash and used this Virginia Print in the blue color way.

I have two remaining purse frames, and I think I'll save those for a rainy day...or for two little clutches just for me :-)


In other little projects, my mom had commissioned me to make a few e-reader sleeves for friends of hers.  This sleeve is actually for the Nook Simple touch which is a good bit smaller than the standard Nook or Kindle.  I doctored my tutorial for the difference in size, and also have updated the tutorial to include measurements for this smaller e-reader size (appx 6.5" x 5").

In case I don't get back to post again this weekend, I hope everyone has a great holiday, and enjoys time spent with family, friends and loved ones!


  1. The moustache pouch is definitely my favorite! Love those Notting Hill Poppies too, didn't realize how large the scale was. Happy Holidays to you!

  2. Love those framed purses! I just received my Notting Hill fabric today, and I love all of it.

  3. Love your frame pouches. I think I need to figure out how to make them.

  4. Those frame purses are abs-o-lutely adorable!

  5. Super cute gifts! I've been meaning to learn how to make those frame clutches - thanks for the links! LOVE the fabric choices too!

  6. Your purses are all lovely! And thank you so much for the link to the tutorial as I was trying to work out how to get flat bottomed purses, rather than just the flat ones I made:)

  7. I love your frame purses, Jess!
    I really must figure out how to make these - my goal for 2013!
    And your e-reader sleeve is too cute!

  8. These are SO awesome! I love them!

  9. Those are gorgeous purses and I'm beginning to think I really want one -- but no new projects for me until I finish two UFOs! (see my blog post)

  10. Love the fabrics you've used to make your purses, this is something I'd like to try in 2013.