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Monday, 24 December 2012

I got my sew-jo back

So I know I have been a tad absent, and its not because I don't love you all, it's because I've been missing my mojo. I have not picked up a thread or sat at my machine in weeks and this has unfortunately left me with nothing to show for myself. I have no finishes. No WIPs, no progress of any kind to show.

But that all changed today.

Now, I have to confess that not only had I lost my sewing mojo, I had also lost my Christmas spirit. We have no tree. No lights. No calendar. No carols on the stereo. For the first time in my life, my house is Christmas free. All my Christmas paraphernalia is still inside our roof!

I got myself up this morning and took myself shopping. I bought alllllll the presents for every single person I needed to buy for (yes my lack of spirit extends so far that I hadn't bought presents) including my usual splurge on S-a-n-t-a presents. And when I got home I realised that our stockings are still in the roof! Well rather than the simple alternative of getting them down, I decided I would buy more fabric and make some new Santa sacks!

I know everyone does stockings, but I have always found that to be an awkward shape when it comes time for stuffing. So we have always used pillow cases and called them Santa sacks. Now, I can make that! It's two rectangles sewn together on three sides... Easy!

I could have been super easy on myself and used panels. I could have been easy on myself and done some appliqué with fabric paint (an old school tradition in my family for making Christmas items). But I decided I would do some patchwork. And I'd try QAYG. And I'd do it with improv piecing. And it's awesome!


I've only made one front so far, and I'm cheating and using a plain back, but I love it. It's so much more my husband then anything I've ever bought for him. It makes me so very very happy. And it makes me feel like I've got my sew-jo back! :-)

Merry Christmas!
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10 comments:

  1. Santa sacks are the coolest idea ever. You don't mind if I totally steal this idea for next year, right? I need to make some stockings, and they just seem so awkward. Santa sacks seem fun. (Added bonus: not as awkward!)

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    1. Totally steal this idea!! It's something my Mum has been doing forever, and it just makes so much more sense to me. It's basically a pillowcase - which is what I used when I didnt have a Santa sack!
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  2. I might steal this idea too! We skipped stockings this year (had Christmas yesterday) but maybe next year we can switch to sacks. Thanks for sharing such a fun idea. And glad you have your sew-Jo back!

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    1. I hope you do, Nina. They were a favourite part of my Christmas. And I've been reading all these bloggy posts about how people just shove oranges in the toe to fill up the space in stockings anyway... What a waste! You can get twice as much chocolate in a sack! :-)
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  3. Excited about the return of the sew-jo!!! Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Kat. It's nice to feel like me again :-)
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  4. Hope you enjoy you Christmas Day with or without decorations and that Santa fills your sacks with lots of goodies x :)

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    1. Thanks, Chrissie. I had a lovely day and all the reciepients of the Santa sacks were suitably impressed with my handiness.
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  5. So glad you're back on form.

    Start planning what you'll make to decorate your home for next year, and have a doubly fantastic Christmas then to make up for the missing one.

    Bonne Annee from France, F x

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    1. Definately big plans for next year :-)
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