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Two Super Quick Gifts

Since finishing the Trellis Quilt, my new office/sewing room has been turned into Santa’s workshop. I can’t show you the gifts I’ve made for our children until after Christmas because they each read my blog. But I checked with our oldest daughter and future son-in-law only reads it if she shows him a post, so I’m safe sharing a photo of his handmade gifts.

With the expense of the move, gifts this year are small and as much as possible I’m trying to make them from what I have on hand.

Future son-in-law had asked for a fleece hat to match the scarf I made him a few years ago for Christmas. I had just enough grey fleece scraps left to make the one pictured below.

fleece hat and covered journal

The tutorial I used can be found here.

Even if you’re not interested in the pattern, click on over and read through the post.  The work those ladies (and gentlemen) are doing sewing these hats for charity is amazing!

But if you are looking for a super quick gift to make this hat fits the bill. Not counting the time to cut out the pieces, it only took me about 15 minutes with the serger to have a completed hat.

I’ve got quite a bit of fleece in a variety of different colors leftover from other projects and after the Christmas rush is over, I plan to make a bunch more to donate as our coldest months will soon be upon us here in Canada.

The journal cover was also a fairly quick project completed in a little over an hour. To make it, I took tips from several different on-line tutorials. I plan to post my own tutorial in the New Year giving exact measurements for covering a standard composition book.  Most tutorials I read gave measurements that were way to big, leaving you with huge seam allowances to trim away.  When you’re working with scraps, every 1/4 inch (sometimes every 1/8 inch) counts.  The journal above for instance… I had just enough of that dragonfly fabric for the front cover.

I still have a few more gifts to finish making.  Thank goodness Dave has taken over the Christmas cookie baking this year!

How is your Christmas gift making/buying coming along?

2 Comments

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    December 20, 2014 3:39 am

    That hat sounds like the ideal last minute gift! I am sure we could all fit in a 15 minute make 🙂
    Would love you to link it up to this month’s Ho Ho Ho and on We Sew Link Party 🙂

  • Marie Lismore
    December 20, 2014 5:58 pm

    Thank you Susan for linking up to the Ho Ho Ho And On We Sew party. What a fabulous hat and book cover. Good Luck. Marie x

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